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How to Tie a Cow Hitch Knot

You see this one in old westerns all the time when the gunslinger hitches his horse outside the saloon. It's sort of the cowboy equivalent of parallel parking.


  • Step 1: Wrap rope Wrap the end of the rope around the ring or post, from back to front.
  • Step 2: Pass end under Pass the end under the remaining rope and bring it straight up.
  • Step 3: Wrap rope again Wrap the end around the ring or post again, this time front to back.
  • Step 4: Pull end through loop Pull the end straight down through the loop you've just created.
  • Step 5: Tighten knot Pull the remaining rope to tighten the knot.
  • FACT: Also known as the Lanyard Hitch, this knot requires tension on both ends to work—hence the horse or cow.

You Will Need

  • A single length of rope
  • Something to hitch to
  • such as a post
  • pole
  • or ring

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