How to Hitch Horse Hair

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Hitching horse hair over quality leather will create a one-of-a-kind product. The primary goal is to make your hitched horse hair tack durable enough for everyday use. The leather's integrity is not compromised by hitching horse hair over it; rather, the hitching should provide tremendous support and durability. Hitching involves making a series of half-hitch knots arranged concentrically on a dowel to make geometric patterns. Be aware that hitching horse hair is different from braiding because the tail hair is actually tied in a series of knots.

Things You'll Need

  • #9 nylon string
  • Wooden dowel rod
  • Horse hair
  • Hydrogen peroxide (if working with white horse hair)
  • Shampoo
  • Dye
  • Hitching press

How To Hitch Horse Hair

  • Pull the hair by pulling 10 hairs and tying them on one end. This is now called a "pull."

  • Soak white hair pulls in hydrogen peroxide for one week to clean the hair.

  • Dye the pulls to the desired color(s).

  • Allow the pulls to dry.

  • Shampoo the pulls several times to ensure the dye colors won't run.

  • Divide each pull into five sections and twist the hairs together.

  • Tie the pulls to No. 9 twine and a wooden dowel to begin hitching.

  • Create a series of half-hitch knots, weaving the horsehair around the dowel rod and forming your desired design.

  • Remove the dowel rod from the center of your completed horse hair hitch creation.

  • Press your completed work to flatten the design. Your piece is now ready to attach to leather.

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