War Knots: Horse Tail Knots
Horse Tail Knots used by Cowboys and Buckaroos
Photos of war knots, showing the tying sequence using both colored ropes and a horse's tail.
Separate the horse's tail into two sections:
tie an overhand knot: left strand over right strand then the right over the left, through, and pull tight
take the strand on the left (white) up and around the front of the horses tail and bring it around to the back, counterclockwise.
Bring the right (green) strand up and around the back clockwise and put the end of the right strand strand through the loop formed by the left strand in step two.
The finished tail knot
Pull it down tight
A version of the article on "War Knots" appears in August, 2000 Western Horseman Magazine.