Releasing Apparatus Patents (Class 119/772)
  • Patent number: 11083172
    Abstract: A connecting device for a carabiner, having a first connection part for connecting said device to a base member and at least two second connection parts for connecting said device to at least two carabiners. The device is characterized in that said at least two second connection parts each are a rotatable and tiltable connection part. Preferably, said second connection parts each are embodied as a concave socket for coupling to a carabiner comprising a convex body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: NANO PET PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Howse Onthank
  • Patent number: 10701902
    Abstract: A pet grooming station includes an electrically actuated separable coupler mechanically coupled between a tether point and a lead to a collar or a noose. At least one pressure sensitive mat is adapted to sense a presence of a person standing on the at least one pressure sensitive mat. The electrically actuated separable coupler is in a coupled state when the pressure sensitive mat senses the presence of the person standing on the mat. Or, when the person is not standing on the mat, the electrically actuated separable coupler separates following a predetermined or selectable time delay in a range of about 0 to 2 seconds. An upgrade kit or modification kit for a pet grooming station and a method for safely grooming an animal on a grooming table are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Carmen Cesta
  • Patent number: 10701903
    Abstract: A pet grooming station includes an electrically actuated separable coupler mechanically coupled between a tether point and a lead to a collar or a noose. At least one wirelessly coupled pressure sensitive mat is adapted to sense a presence of a person standing on the at least one pressure sensitive mat. The electrically actuated separable coupler is in a coupled state when the pressure sensitive mat senses the presence of the person standing on the mat. Or, when the person is not standing on the mat, the electrically actuated separable coupler separates following a predetermined or selectable time delay in a range of about 0 to 2 seconds. A pressure sensitive mat disposed on a surface of said grooming table or tub is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Carmen Cesta
  • Patent number: 10076101
    Abstract: A pet leash structure comprises a main leash body and a drag leash. The main leash body is weaved by a strap body and has a handle portion provided for a person to hold and a connection portion connected to a collar. A pull section is formed between the handle portion and the connection portion. The drag leash has a predetermined length and is connected to a tail end of the pull section. Therefore, a distance between the person and a pet may be fixed by pulling the drag leash so that the person may quickly drag the pet back by pulling the drag leash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Chun-Teng Hsieh, Tsung-Yu Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9848584
    Abstract: A leash booster adapter is descripted which is attach to each end of a section of pet leash, and comprises an elastic member between shorter than the pet leash section to which it attached. In use, the device applies progressive resistance to the pet proportional to the stretching force provided by the pet pulling on the leash: the harder the pet pulls, the more resistance is felt. Rather that a hard jerk felt by the pet when it pulls, a gentle resistance is first felt, increasing in force as the pet pulls harder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Alden
  • Patent number: 9814217
    Abstract: A pet leash is provided. The pet leash includes a housing with a handle formed thereon, a turntable rotationally disposed in the housing, and a hauling rope coiled on the turntable. The housing is provided with a rope hole for leading out the hauling rope, and the handle is provided with a button exposed out of the housing. A user can quickly restrain a pet from running away simply by pressing the button on the leash. The pet would therefore be kept within a controllable range from the user to avoid an accident. Moreover, the user can lock the leash in that state by moving a push button disposed inside the button, and then release the leash from the locked state by moving the push button in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SUZHOU PETMATE INDUSTRY & TRADE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiyuan Zhu, Xinggen Huang
  • Patent number: 9498660
    Abstract: A fall arrest safety apparatus on a rope includes a rotary roller mounted on a pivoting arm with speed detection, and a control selector of a ratchet. The latter is able to occupy a released inactive position enabling the roller to rotate in both directions of rotation in a first fall arrest operating mode, and an active position with unidirectional blocking of the roller in rotation with respect to the arm in the descending direction corresponding to a second operating mode of the apparatus as a simple clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: ZEDEL
    Inventors: Julien Moine, Michael Chaumontet
  • Patent number: 9009929
    Abstract: A horse lead clip assembly for connection between horse tack that includes an upper clasp section with a hook and bolt closure and a lower quick detachable end that allows for the replacement of a broken clip with a new clip portion when excess stress is placed upon the hook of the clasping section. The assembly further includes a sleeve that when actuated laterally, allows for the introduction or removal of a new clasp section from the receiving end of the detachable portion. The assembly provides easy replacement of a broken clip, prevents the user from discarding the rope due to the broken clip, and allows a user to leave the clip hooked on one object while detaching it from the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Ken Genova
  • Publication number: 20150053145
    Abstract: A leash assembly that includes an elongated strap device having a distal portion, a central portion and a strap proximal portion that enables gripping of the leash assembly thereof. A central quick release assembly includes a slide fastener member and a mating lock/slide fastener member. The slide fastener member includes a slide portion slidingly disposed at a plurality of positions along the strap central portion. The lock/slide fastener member includes a second fastening component adapted to releasably mate with a first fastening component of the fastener member. The lock/slide fastener member additionally includes a lock/slide portion slidingly disposed along a plurality of positions along the strap central portion in one orientation, and is further capable of releasably locking to the strap device in a second orientation. The first and second fastening components, cooperate for quick mounting to one of a plurality of varying diameter anchoring objects (e.g., a pole).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Pawgear, Inc., DBA Paww
    Inventors: Christopher A. MIKSOVSKY, Clint N. SLONE
  • Publication number: 20120240867
    Abstract: A novel dog training device for preventing a dog from breaking before the dog's trainer releases the dog to retrieve an object is disclosed herein. The dog training device comprises: a restraining strap for restraining the dog; a device body attachable to the ground; and a pin assembly that includes a releasable strap pin. The pin assembly is connected to the device body. The restraining strap is attached to the releasable strap pin and configured to loop around the dog. The releasable strap pin includes a catch configured to engage a movable latch positioned adjacent to the strap pin, and the movable latch is connected to an actuator configured to move the latch in a back and forth direction to thereby engage or disengage the latch from the catch. The actuator is activated by a remote control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: James D. Flynn
  • Patent number: 8104145
    Abstract: A leash handle includes rigid housing including a generally cylindrical graspable portion having a cavity holding a drawer for holding items, such as bags for cleaning animal waste. The drawer can be slid between a closed position, within the housing, and an open position, extending outward from the housing. A member for holding one or more individual animal leashes is pivotally mounted on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Zoya, Inc.
    Inventor: Zoya Hajianpour
  • Patent number: 7878153
    Abstract: An animal training device that can be used to confine an animal during training, as well as methods for its use, is described. Embodiments of the present invention comprise a marginally unstable base that makes the device prone to rocking or toppling when physically disturbed by the movement of an animal in the device. Animals usually find the rocking or toppling unpleasant. An advantage of the animal training device is that an animal receives negative feedback from its undesirable behavior (excessive movement in or straining against the device) in the absence of disciplinary action by a human trainer. Additional advantages of the confining animal training device include, but are not limited to, reducing physical stress on a human trainer and decreasing the time required to train an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Russell Porter
  • Patent number: 7878154
    Abstract: A reusable parcel harness for securing a parcel to a dog's chest generally includes at least one pin bar having first and second mounting pins extending therefrom towards a latch housing, a spring-loaded latch to releasably secure the pin bar to the latch housing or pin bar in a closed configuration, a latch release mechanism, and a harness attached to the latch housing to secure the apparatus on a dog. The spring-loaded latch biases the pin bar and the latch housing towards an open configuration. A latch release processor actuates the latch release mechanism upon receipt of a locally or remotely generated latch release signal. A parcel to be secured to the harness includes a parcel body and straps extending from opposing sides of the parcel body. Each strap terminates in a mounting loop that can be secured about a mounting pin on the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Ryerson University
    Inventors: Alexander Ferworn, Devin James Ostrom, Kevin Terrence Barnum
  • Patent number: 7757639
    Abstract: A pet leash assembly includes a primary leash with axially opposed looped ends, and a first ring member slidably conjoined to one of the looped ends. Auxiliary leashes including first and second locking members positioned at opposed ends thereof, and a second ring member are removably mated with a top one of the locking members of the auxiliary leashes. The auxiliary leashes are independently removable from the second ring member. A mechanism rotatably anchors the first and second ring members so that the auxiliary leashes remain spaced apart along unique travel paths while the pets cross over an adjoining one of the travel paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Jodie Prendes
  • Patent number: 7640639
    Abstract: A quick connect coupling assembly has a first and second component, and a locking assembly structured to retain the components in an attached orientation with one another. The locking assembly includes a plurality of locking elements each having a locking arm with a locking member mounted to a distal end, wherein the locking members are maintained in an outwardly extending orientation by a biasing mechanism. The biasing mechanism may comprise magnetic biasing elements attached to each oppositely disposed locking element, the magnetic biasing elements structured to create a repulsive magnetic force between one another. The quick connect coupling assembly also includes a release mechanism to permit the locking members to be temporarily disposed into a retracted orientation, thereby permitting the first and second components to be detached from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: DeBien Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Humberto de Bien
  • Publication number: 20090139464
    Abstract: A animal restraint includes a buckle connected at one end to a leash or the like and its other end to a short tether having a D-ring termination. A snap hook with a latching side is easily connected to the restraint. The buckle has two relatively rotary parts which form a bayonet-type connection. The axis of rotation of the buckle parts is perpendicular to the tension axis, so that tension does not tend to undo the buckle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: ROSE AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sarah Bell, Wayne Becker
  • Patent number: 7174859
    Abstract: An adjustable pet collar comprises a long chain and an adjuster. The adjuster is constructed by a upper cover and seat body, in which a slit is opened on the upper cover and a slanting channel is disposed on the seat body. The chain is placed in the channel, and a sliding groove in which one end thereof is closed perpendicular to the channel is disposed at one side of the channel, and a recess groove is disposed at another end thereof. An inserting pin seat is installed in the sliding groove, and an elastic element is installed between the inserting pin seat and the closed end of the sliding groove. Whereby, the size of the collar formed by the chain is adjusted by the inserting pin seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: Cheng Kai Lee
  • Patent number: 7162978
    Abstract: A retractable leash assembly structured to facilitate quick connection of at least one animal to at least one lead interconnected at a proximal end to an activation assembly and to a quick connect coupling assembly at a distal end. The quick connect coupling assembly includes an electromotive release mechanism structured to permit removable connection of a collar, harness, or similar attachment assembly to the distal end of the lead. Upon actuation of the electromotive release mechanism, the components of the quick release coupling assembly are disposed into a release orientation such that the components are detached from one another. The quick connect coupling assembly may also include an electromotive propulsion mechanism structured to selectively impart a separation force between the components of the coupling assembly to facilitate detachment of the components from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: DeBien Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Humberto Debien
  • Patent number: 7140326
    Abstract: A handle apparatus for use with a harness comprising a handle grip; a first release joint coupled to the handle grip; a second release joint coupled to the handle grip; and a release line coupled to the first release joint and the second release joint. A harness assembly comprising a harness; a handle assembly including a handle grip; a first release joint coupled to the handle grip; a second release joint coupled to the handle grip; and a release mechanism coupled to the first release joint and the second release joint; wherein the handle grip is released from the harness upon activation of the release mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventors: Janet E. Jenny, Rodney L. Babcock, Stewart D. Hudson
  • Patent number: 6851393
    Abstract: An animal leash system includes a leash of flexible material having near and far ends, and a belt arranged to be worn about a person's body. A connector is fastened to the belt for operation by the person while wearing the belt. A handle is formed at the near end of the leash, and the handle is engageable with the connector on the belt. The far end of the leash is fastened to an animal collar. An associated restraining strap is fixed to the leash and is arranged for securing about an anchored object such as a tree or post. Thus, the person can (I) secure the restraining strap about the object before disengaging the leash handle from the connector on the belt, and (ii) engage the leash handle with the belt connector before releasing the restraining strap from the object. The animal is therefore always safely restrained either by the person's belt or by the fixed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Jim Bremm
  • Publication number: 20040211371
    Abstract: A device and method for securing a tether, such as a lead rope used to tie a horse, to a fixed object, such as a tie-rail. The load end of the tether, which is attached to the horse's halter, is looped one or more times over the tie-rail, and the invention secures the loose end of the tether to the load end of the tether. Adjustment of the device and method determines the tension or load at which the horse can pull out additional rope. The device can be easily applied and removed. Pulling down on the loose end of the lead rope releases the device quickly when needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventors: Richard William Schofield, Joyce Walene Schofield
  • Publication number: 20040200435
    Abstract: A retractable leash assembly structured to facilitate quick connection of at least one animal to at least one lead interconnected at a proximal end to an activation assembly and to a quick connect coupling assembly at a distal end. The quick connect coupling assembly includes an electromotive release mechanism structured to permit removable connection of a collar, harness, or similar attachment assembly to the distal end of the lead. Upon actuation of the electromotive release mechanism, the components of the quick release coupling assembly are disposed into a release orientation such that the components are detached from one another. The quick connect coupling assembly may also include an electromotive propulsion mechanism structured to selectively impart a separation force between the components of the coupling assembly to facilitate detachment of the components from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: Humberto Debien
  • Patent number: 6694922
    Abstract: A leash handle assembly having a housing with a grip portion, a spool assembly rotatably mounted in the housing, a trigger movably mounted to the grip portion, and a dual-position switch mounted to the housing proximate to the grip portion. The spool assembly is adapted for winding and unwinding a leash. The movable trigger is actuated to inhibit the leash from extending or retracting, and released to enable the leash to extend out of the housing in response to an external force. The spooling assembly is spring biased to cause the leash to retract in the absence of trigger actuation and the presence of a preset external force. The dual-position switch operates in a first position to lock the trigger in an actuated position and in a second position to enable the moveable trigger to operate freely. The dual-mode switch is positioned to enable a user to actuate it with the same hand that grasps the leash handle and actuates the movable trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Eleven, LLC
    Inventors: Glen V. Walter, Benjamin Beck, David Harting, Douglas Marsden
  • Publication number: 20030145801
    Abstract: A retractable leash assembly structured to facilitate quick connection of an animal to a lead which is interconnected at a proximal end to an activation assembly and to a quick connect coupling assembly at a distal end. The leash assembly includes a release structure disposed in a communicative relation with the coupling assembly structured to removably connect a collar, harness, or similar attachment assembly to the distal end of the lead. The activation assembly, upon actuation, transmits a signal to the release structure to dispose the components of the coupling assembly into a release orientation such that the components may be easily disconnected from one another. The activation assembly may also include a drive mechanism, a release control mechanism, and/or a lead aligning mechanism to improve a handler's control of an animal attached to the retractable leash assembly of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Humberto DeBien
  • Patent number: 6578885
    Abstract: A remotely operated bull rope release comprises a support, a releasable member having a spherical head and a remotely controlled release mechanism for releasing the end of the releasable member for separation from the support. The release mechanism includes a pair of gripping members pivotally mounted on the support on laterally opposite sides of the spherical head for displacement toward and away from the head and having spherical surfaces for capturing the head therebetween to hold the releasable member on the support. A latched, spring biased drive shaft is actuated to displace the gripping members in response to a control signal to release the head and to propel the releasable member away from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Jerry R. Tillman
  • Patent number: 6530345
    Abstract: A tangle free lead device has a coupler with first and second bores in axial alignment. A first linear element is rotatably received in the first bore and a second linear element is rotatably received in the second bore. A head on each linear element, positioned in a central aperture of a main body of the coupler retains the linear element axially in the coupler. The relative position of the heads of the respective elements also delimit the axial movement of the linear elements relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: William E. Donze
  • Publication number: 20030029388
    Abstract: A leash handle assembly having a housing with a grip portion, a spool assembly rotatably mounted in the housing, a trigger movably mounted to the grip portion, and a dual-position switch mounted to the housing proximate to the grip portion. The spool assembly is adapted for winding and unwinding a leash. The movable trigger is actuated to inhibit the leash from extending or retracting, and released to enable the leash to extend out of the housing in response to an external force. The spooling assembly is spring biased to cause the leash to retract in the absence of trigger actuation and the presence of a preset external force. The dual-position switch operates in a first position to lock the trigger in an actuated position and in a second position to enable the moveable trigger to operate freely. The dual-mode switch is positioned to enable a user to actuate it with the same hand that grasps the leash handle and actuates the movable trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: Glen V. Walter, Benjamin Beck, David Harting, Douglas Marsden
  • Patent number: 6405683
    Abstract: A leash handle assembly having a housing with a grip portion, a spool assembly rotatably mounted in the housing, a trigger movably mounted to the grip portion, and a dual-position switch mounted to the housing proximate to the grip portion. The spool assembly is adapted for winding and unwinding a leash cord. The movable trigger is actuated to inhibit the leash cord from extending or retracting, and released to enable the leash cord to extend out of the housing in response to an external force. The spooling assembly is spring biased to cause the leash cord to retract in the absence of trigger actuation and the presence of a preset external force. The dual-position switch operates in a first position to lock the trigger in an actuated position and in a second position to enable the moveable trigger to operate freely. The dual-mode switch is positioned to enable a user to actuate it with the same hand that grasps the leash handle and actuates the movable trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Eleven, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Walter, Benjamin Beck, David Harting, Douglas Marsden
  • Patent number: 6382138
    Abstract: A releasable honda for a lariat comprises: a heel which includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a throat having a longitudinal axis and extending along such axis between the proximal end and distal end, wherein the throat has at least a portion thereof adjacent to the proximal end that peripherally varies in radius so as to have at least three equiangularly spaced maximum radii and a corresponding number of equiangularly spaced minimum radii between the maximum radii, such maximum and minimum radii being substantially constant along the length of the throat portion; and a pair of resilient arms having respective distal ends and extending from the proximal end of the heel on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis to such distal ends, which are closely adjacent to or contacting one another so that the arms form an eye. A lariat incorporating the releasable honda includes a rope having a knotted end seated in the throat portion and extending through the throat and then through the eye so as to form a loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Raymond L. Campbell
  • Patent number: 6318301
    Abstract: A dual hook lead rope for leading and tying an animal, said lead rope comprising a rope having a first and second end, a first fastening device secured to said first end of said lead rope, a second fastening device secured to said lead rope at a point intermediate said first end and said second end, and a method of tying a horse using the described lead rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventors: Glenda L. Jackson, Bruce Jackson
  • Patent number: 6308662
    Abstract: An improved animal leash is disclosed that improves a handler'control over a leashed animal and is easily attached to and quickly released from an animal in a manner that safeguards against unintentional unleashing of the animal. The improved animal leash comprises: 1) a rigid or semi-rigid shaft; 2) two hand grips, a pistol grip being located at a distal end of the rigid shaft and a hand grip located at the proximal end of the rigid shaft; 3) a quick release and attachment connector connecting an animal collar fastener to the rigid shaft to the proximal end of the rigid shaft; 4) a release button at the pistol grip for releasing the quick release connector from the shaft; and 5) a safety at the hand grip at the proximal end of the shaft for preventing the inadvertent release of the connector if the push button is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Shulim Furman
  • Publication number: 20010022160
    Abstract: A tangle free lead device has a coupler with first and second bores in axial alignment. A first linear element is rotatably received in the first bore and a second linear element is rotatably received in the second bore. A head on each linear element, positioned in a central aperture of a main body of the coupler retains the linear element axially in the coupler. The relative position of the heads of the respective elements also delimit the axial movement of the linear elements relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Publication date: September 20, 2001
    Inventor: William E. Donze
  • Patent number: 6267081
    Abstract: A slip leash for dogs and other small quadrupeds has a head loop portion and a handle portion, configured generally to resemble a figure-eight. In the preferred embodiment, both the head loop portion and the handle portion are rigid along part of their respective lengths and flexible along the remainder of their respective lengths. Near the end of the rigid portion of the handle loop, a ring is attached or formed from the leash material, which preferably comprises a hollow braided rope. The leash material is passed through the ring so that the head loop can be made smaller (tighter around the head of the animal) or looser to release the animal by pulling on opposing sides of the handle loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: James E. Rich
  • Patent number: 6230663
    Abstract: A quick release leash assembly for releasable attachment to an animal collar. The leash assembly comprises an elongate, flexible strap having opposed first and second ends. Attached to the second end of the strap is a latch mechanism which is releasably engagable to the animal collar. The latch mechanism has a latch member which is moveable between a locked position whereat the latch mechanism is maintainable in attachment to the animal collar, and a release position whereat the animal collar is detachable from the latch mechanism. Mechanically coupled to the latch mechanism is a release mechanism of the leash assembly which is operative to selectively move the latch member from the locked position to the release position subsequent to the application of a tensile force thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventors: Steve L. Welch, Timothy L. Welch
  • Patent number: 5806469
    Abstract: A releasable honda for lariat ropes has a heel with a throat through which the rope passes, with a tapered throat end forming a cavity for containing a knot in the rope; teeth and/or ridged projections inside the throat retain the rope in position. An axis of the throat is at an angle to a centerline through the heel. Resilient arms extend from the heel at angle to the centerline axis of the heel, and curve toward each other so that the distal ends of the arms almost meet, defining a slit between the arms. Tapered surfaces on the end of each resilient arm cooperate to form a shallow V-shaped indentation on an inner surface of the eye to guide rope into the slit so that a strong pull will force the rope through the slit, releasing the loop; a similar indentation on the outer perimeter of the eye facilitates slipping the rope back into the eye to reform a lasso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventors: Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff, Jake Merrick
  • Patent number: 5771843
    Abstract: An apparatus for tying a horse includes a base and a break-away tie element mounted releasably to the base. The base is mounted to a wall and includes a pair of gripping members that are spring-biased against opposite sides of a mounting portion of the tie rod. The spring tension applied to the mounting portion is selectively adjustable. When a horse whose rein is tied to a ring portion of the tie element rears up in a manner applying a sufficient force in a direction tending to pull the mounting portion from the base, the springs will yield, allowing this to occur. Thus, serious injury to the horse is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Safe-T-Tie Inc.
    Inventor: William C. Karlin