The Highwayman’s hitch is a quick-release hitch used for temporarily securing a load that will need to be released easily and cleanly, such as your horse! The hitch can be untied with a tug of the working end. The highwayman’s hitch can be tied in the middle of a rope, and so the working end does not need to be passed around the anchor, or rail, when tying or releasing.
Steps to Highwayman’s Hitch
1 – Double your rope to make the first bight in the rope and place the bight behind your rail.
2 – Make a second bight in the standing line and pass that bight through the first bight
3 – Take the working end and make a third bight.
4 – Pass the third bight through second and pull on the standing line to snug the knot.
The knot holds with tension on the standing part and can be released with a tug on the working end.
And here’s the video on How to Tie the Highwayman’s Hitch
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