for all those needing to know how to tie a stock....

L&M

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what annoys me is that if I am not in a rush I can tie one perfectly in a few seconds, without even thinking about it, but god forbid the mess I get into if I am running late...!!!
 
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After all these years... I have just found out that I have been doing it back to front!!! No wander my knot is always wonkey!!!

Thanks Jen!
 
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glad I could be of help!

I've been thinking about putting such a video together myself, but seems someone beat me to it! Like Sidney, I can tie it without thinking, and usually without even standing in front of a mirror - unless I'm in a rush! OH always struggles getting the stock pin through the fabric though, however much time he's got to do it!
 
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Interestingly that's not how I do mine! I think the finished look in the video is more of a dressage type knot, for hunting I prefer to see more of the knot and have the sides on more of an angle. My stock came with instructions - I've laminated them for everyone cos they work, but you do have to get used to doing it in a mirror!
 
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interesting angelbones... I thought a dressage knot didn't have the extra knot, more like a single knot.... I too put my ends at more of an angle, though I tend to put my stock pin through the two ends and the front of the knot where the 3 meet.
 
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I starch the living daylights out of my stock, its like tying cardboard, but I think it looks nicer. I also tie it way too tight. Last time out hunting I had a bruise all round my neck! :D
 
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I don't have volume on my laptop but I hope they started by saying 'use baby wipes to ensure your hands are clean so you don't leave little fingerprints all over it'. Only made that mistake once. :D

Met a 19 y.o. boy a couple of weeks ago who couldn't tie his tie (suit tie).
How can you get to that age and not tie a tie?

Great video, know a few people to which that link will be going. :)
 

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thats really helpful as i was just looking how to tie one, as i've decided to do some dressage soon :eek: and have only used normal ties until now. stupid question though, my stock shirt has a button at the back aswell as the ones to do the neck up at the front? :confused: is it meant to have that?
 
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I get asked by my mates to tie their stocks - I have to stand behind them and reach over as if I was doing my own, for some reason my tiny brain can't function tying one up 'face' on. I do get some strange looks........
 
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thats really helpful as i was just looking how to tie one, as i've decided to do some dressage soon :eek: and have only used normal ties until now. stupid question though, my stock shirt has a button at the back aswell as the ones to do the neck up at the front? :confused: is it meant to have that?
I think the button at the back is if you are cheating and using a ready tied stock (which is of no use to man nor beast! ;))
 
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Brilliant, I tend to just go once over so it lies flat, have tried to do this way from diagrams but just didn't happen. Many thanks OP
I do this too...I CAN tie a stock, but my neck is quite short and tying a stock properly makes my neck look even shorter and just doesn't look right.

If I cheat and tie it over flat then I look less odd!
 

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I don't have volume on my laptop but I hope they started by saying 'use baby wipes to ensure your hands are clean so you don't leave little fingerprints all over it'. Only made that mistake once. :D

Met a 19 y.o. boy a couple of weeks ago who couldn't tie his tie (suit tie).
How can you get to that age and not tie a tie?

Great video, know a few people to which that link will be going. :)
^^ This

My other half has just turned 40 and I have to tie all his ties for him. When I met him 11 years ago he had got his sister to pre tie all his ties and left them ready tied in the wardrobe :rolleyes:
 
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Actually, I don't think it IS a reef knot. If you tie a reef knot, you wind up with one end too short and one end too long. Notice instead of right over left and (new) left over right, she goes right over left and (new) left behind (new) right. This balances the ends out.
 
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I can tie it without thinking, and usually without even standing in front of a mirror - unless I'm in a rush! OH always struggles getting the stock pin through the fabric though, however much time he's got to do it!
 

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Some lube on the pin helps. Some people recommend rubbing bar soap on the pin (and they also use the same thing for boot zippers), but I use silicone spray that I obtain from the local auto-parts store, and it is more convenient to apply and works better, too.
 
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While the stock needs to be tied fairly tightly to look right, be careful not to tie it too tight. After an hour or so of vigorous riding, one's neck can expand, and any pressure from the stock will make it tighter still, potentially restricting the flow of blood to the brain (and the eyes). I have over-tightened my stock on a couple of occasions and once gave myself a serious headache (my face went beetroot). Apparently sufferers of glaucoma can cause serious harm to their eyes in this way.
 

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I have been tying my stock almost like that for years. The only difference is that I put the end through the slit before putting the stock over my head. The stock in the video looks like satin and I think the pin would go through that a lot easier than through pique cotton.
 
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