Today my illustrated interpretation from the Ashley Book of Knots is of the Horrible knot. It consists of three Reef knots, and was apparently a common range knot used by cowboys and prospectors. The knot is indeed horrible, as the combination of overs and unders will have you seeing double. But once tightened, the two main loops are secure enough to keep a horse still, while allowing enough play to be comfortable. Or at least, my plastic zebra didn’t seem to mind.
“Life is a yo-yo, and mankind ties knots in the string. ”