Why Use a Get Down on Your Horse?

A Get Down http://bit.ly/2HN8shs lets you lead or tie your horse while it’s bridled says Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack. It allows you to get off and on your horse as many times a day as you need to without unbridling and bridling back up. A Get Down has 2 parts: a length of rope approximately 14 feet long and a small diameter noseband worn under your bridle. Get Downs are especially handy for ranching, working in the feedlot, hunting and trail riding.

The Get Down rope is tied around your horse’s neck at the top of the neck using a bowline knot under its cheeks. It’s tied with a little bit of slack so it’s comfortable on your horse but not so much slack that it slides on the neck. A bowline knot should always be used to make sure the rope never tightens. When you’re in the saddle the end of the Get Down rope can be carried by tucking it under your belt, double half-hitching it to your saddle horn or coiling it and attaching it to your saddle with the left front saddle string.

The noseband is generally made of small diameter soft lay rope that lies correctly and comfortably on your horse’s nose. It may be partially or fully covered with braided rawhide. A California hanger style headstall is used so it won’t cause any bulk under the bridle. It’s important to use a noseband with a Get Down rope so your horse can’t turn away from the point where it’s tied.

To tie the bowline knot under the cheeks:

  1. Thread one end of the rope up through the noseband in front of the heel knot. Make a loop in this rope with the end coming out on the underside of the loop. Pass this end of the rope over the off side of the horse’s neck. Grab it back up with your right hand on the near side of the neck.
  2. Thread the rope in your right hand through the loop, over then under the rope coming from the noseband and back up through the loop.
  3. Pull this end tight with your right hand.
  4. Clench the rope under the knot with your right hand and push the knot up while pulling down on the rope coming from the noseband with your left hand.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4. Double check that the knot is tight.  

The nosebands on Dennis Moreland Tack Get Downs http://bit.ly/2HN8shs are available in 4 styles: plain rope http://bit.ly/2F0iNE0, rope with a hand braided rawhide nose button http://bit.ly/2JZWmm7, rope with a hand braided rawhide nose button and heel knot http://bit.ly/2qKBPd0 or rope covered completely in hand braided rawhide http://bit.ly/2F0SVbb. Hangers are California style and made of ½ inch burgundy latigo leather. The Get Down rope is 14 feet long. The tie end has a leather popper bled (spliced) into the rope and partially covered by a hand-braided rawhide knot. The opposite end is accented with a rawhide ball. For more information please text or call 817-312-5305 or email dmtack@vrfmail.com.

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