There are many things I like about working with different guys on various ranches. One of my favorites is seeing new ways to do an old thing, in this instance, “tying off”. If you are unfamiliar with what this is, it is the method used to restrain a bovine while you doctor it for illness. While you are doctoring sometimes you are alone or working with another guy to treat cattle. Once a cow is down, how you “tie off” to your horse has always been of interest to me. I enjoy trying different techniques and seeing how other guys do it.
This method is from Jacob Rose. He walks us through one of his favorite methods of tying off.
To begin with the animal is on the ground. Do a half hitch on top of dallies.
Go under rope that is on the “off-side” of the horse:
Put loop over horn with right hand while holding coils in the left hand:
Go to the horn with the coil end and half-hitch twice:
The final step is to throw the coils out in front of the horse or set the coils on the horn.
In the last picture, you can see the cow’s hind feet are off the ground making it hard to kick free. Using this method, the horse is kept facing the cow by having the rope go under the “off-side” rope and then back to the horn.
Thanks Jacob Rose and stay tuned for more “How to Tie-Off” articles.