Subject: bridle tying
From: email@example.com (Ronald S. Reich)
Date: Wed, 12 May 1993 15:13:04 GMT
Gee! if I keep this up I won't have to publish my book.
HOW TO TIE BRIDLE LINES
AND TRAIN LINES
This article is a presentation of the most common method of
tying bridle and train lines of equal length. It has been used
for many, many years.
1. A piece of wood about 6 inches longer than the
finished length of the lines you want to tie.
2. Two one inch long finishing nails and a hammer.
3. Supply of bridle line to suit your needs.
4. Felt tip marker.
5. Measuring tape.
1. Pound the nails into the board 1/2 inch further
apart than what you want as a finished length. Leave 1/2 inch of
the nail standing out of the board. The nails should be straight
up perpendicular to the board. Note: you will be tying a knot
which will take bring the finished length to the proper amount.
2. With the felt tip marker put a mark about 6 inches in
>From each nail on the imaginary line between the two nails.
<--DESIRED LENGTH +1/2 INCH --->
1. Fold 6 inches of the line back on itself and tie an
overhand knot to make a closed loop. Note: There is no need to
cut a length from your spool of line. Just reel off enough to work
closed ______ overhand knot
loop (______\________________________________() spool
2. Place the closed loop over one of the nail on the board.
3. Grasp the line beyond the other nail and pull it tight.
Bend the line around the other nail and position it next
to the line which is between the two nails.
Definition: A bend in a line is called a "bite"
IMPORTANT NOTE: The tightness with which you pull the line around
the nail should be able to be repeated as close as possible on
subsequent lines you tie.
4. If you pulled the line around the nail with your right
hand then while keeping tension on the line, Pinch the pair of
lines at the mark with your left thumb and forefinger. Try not to
let them slip relative to each other as you proceed with step 5.
5. Carefully lift the bite off of the nail with your right
hand. I like to use the fingernail of my index finger to work the
bite to the top of the nail. The small head of the finishing nail
becomes important at this point. You can see that if the nail has
a large head it would be more difficult to remove the bite with out
the line slipping.
6. Tie an over hand knot in this bite as close to the pinch
point as possible. You should try to be consistent with subsequent
lines that you tie. Pull the knot good-n-tight.
That's the 1st one of a set.
7. Now move about 8 to 10 inches up the line toward the spool
and fold the line over and tie another overhand knot about the same
size as you just tied. Pull this knot good-n-tight.
8. Place this new knot over the nail on the left and your
ready to tie another line to match the first.
9. When you are all done you will have a long line of
double loops. Carefully cut the lines apart at the short length
between the loops. And Walla there you have it a whole bunch of
identical lengths of line with loops at both ends.
____ | <--CUT ____
Note: Let the nail at one end be the common nail and add
other nails to the board for additional length you need to tie.
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