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Horse & Rider Gear is an online glossary of terms and definitions commonly encountered by horse lovers. Click on the links below to choose from our alphabetical list of terms.


Technically not a knot but a hitch, used primarily to make other knots. Although easy and popular, it is not the safest knot to use with horses.

When the strain is constant, this hitch is fairly reliable, but it can be difficult to loosen if a horse has thrown its full weight onto the line.