hands demonstrating how to tie latigo knots

Learn the Secrets to Tying Two Saddlemaker’s Latigo Knots

If you’ve purchased a new latigo http://bit.ly/2dHjuYn and would like to attach it to your saddle Dee with a either a quick, simple latigo knot or an advanced saddlemaker’s latigo knot, follow along on the video, as Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack demonstrates how to tie both knots. These knots also work for rear billets. In addition to your latigo or rear billet, you will need an awl, pliers, and saddle soap. A flattening hammer is optional. Expanding the holes slightly with the awl and soaping the strings so they slide through the holes more readily will make the knots easier to tie.

Method 1:

  1. Apply saddle soap to your tie string and open the holes in your latigo or billet with the awl. Fold your latigo or billet over the appropriate Dee ring on your saddle. Put one end of your tie string through each of the two bottom holes on the folded latigo, going from front to back. Make sure the string ends are pulled even but don’t tighten it completely. Next put both string ends through the top holes in the folded latigo, going from back to front.
  2. Thread both strings under the loop in the leather string formed between the bottom 2 holes. Pull the strings tight and flatten the knot gently with the flattening hammer on a hard, flat surface.

Method 2:

  1. Complete step one above but tighten the strings. Thread one tail of the string through the bottom holes on the left side of the triangle, going from front to back, and the other tail through the right side. This will mean that these holes have now had the string threaded through twice.
  2. From the back pull the strings tight.
  3. Open the bottom holes with the awl again and apply more saddle soap to the string if needed.
  4. Take the tail on the left, making certain it’s not twisted, and form a loop by bringing it from the back to the front of the latigo or billet. Thread it through the left bottom holes from front to back. This is the third time the string has been threaded through the holes.
  5. Do the same on the right side using the right tail and right holes.
  6. From the back use your pliers to pull the front of the knot taut by pulling the tail and the loop portions at the same time on each side.
  7. Finish pulling the loop portion of the knot tight by pulling each tail with your pliers.
  8. From the back thread each tail under the opposite side of the knot that formed the V portion of the triangle.
  9. Pull the strings taut.
  10. Trim the string ends and tap the knot flat with a flattening hammer if desired.

Regardless of what your latigos are made of, they will wear. If the leather or nylon is old or worn out, they may break. Check them before you saddle up. It takes only a few minutes to attach a new one and keep yourself safe!

All latigos http://bit.ly/2dHjuYn and double off latigos http://bit.ly/2fhQs2u are cut, edged, rubbed and waxed by hand, one at a time, at Dennis Moreland Tack. They are available in 1 ¾ inch and 2-inch widths and a variety of lengths. If you have any questions, please call 817-312-5305 or email [email protected].

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