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post #21 of 69 Old 08-02-2011, 09:12 PM
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I really cannot understand why anyone would Hobble a horse and then lunge it!

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post #22 of 69 Old 08-02-2011, 09:20 PM
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MsBHavin, I have decided that there is no understanding why some people do things. If I tried, I think I would need to buy stock in the company that makes Advil.
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post #23 of 69 Old 08-02-2011, 09:22 PM
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MsBHavin, I have decided that there is no understanding why some people do things. If I tried, I think I would need to buy stock in the company that makes Advil.
I think we ought to hobble them and chase them around for a bit. Maybe they'd get the idea it hurts to run when your legs are confined!

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post #24 of 69 Old 08-02-2011, 09:30 PM
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As fun as that would be, you can't fix stupid.

My Morgan Genevieve, what method did you use to teach your horse to accept hobbles? I disagree with trying to make a horse move in hobbles due to it being totally contradictory to it's purpose, regardless of the issue you are trying to fix.
I hobble train mine, but it takes several sessions and a horse that is accepting of things around it's legs and losing control of where they are put.
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post #25 of 69 Old 08-02-2011, 09:34 PM
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Actually, part of training a horse to hobbles would be asking it to move, letting it feel what the hobbles feel like and how to move in the way that works. Hobbles are designed to allow slow, careful movement, and if you are training the horse to hobbles, you might want to have them try moving in a controlled environment first, so that if they panick you can assist them to calm down and keep from hurting themselves. If they are never moved in hobbles, and they try it for the first time on their own and freak, that is not the time to feel out the boundaries of what hobbles are. I am not saying lunge them but ask them to move a little, or make a small commossion so that they move on their own, and they learn how much they can move and how to do it.

OP, if your horse is well behaved only when doing things that she wants to, then you will need to open her horizons some , too. Most horses don't want to work, or lunge or do dressage or whatever, until we convince them that doing these things is actually easier for them than not doing them. That means that if your horse is nasty about it, you have to knock that right out her thinking.

If you are lunging her, and she kicks out at you, then snake the rope right out at her and get her bum going forward. If she bucks, let her, but only in the round pen or on the lunge, and don't make her bucking behaviour change your demands on her even one bit. You said "go forward!" she bucked or kicked out or pinned her ears. Who cares? You keep insisting she go forward, ignore her opinion and get serious. Do whatever it takes to get the response and then let her have her opinion, but she must go forward.

It is not that she is over your experience level, but if you have conitinued bucking episodes, then you might need some outside help. No shame there.

AND, sudden bucking to me really does sound like a pain or tack issue.
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post #26 of 69 Old 08-02-2011, 09:45 PM
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Right please people stop bugging him/her with the hobble danger!!
As a rescue pony you must NEVER please never hobble her (no pony should ever be hobbled anyway)
I'm not fan of hobbles, but I don't see what can be so wrong with using them (given horse is trained correctly to accept them, which usually takes time and patience to teach). However lunging (or riding) with hobbles on IS dangerous and may end up with broken bones (or even neck).

OP, horses don't usually buck out of blue (at least violently). Check for the pain first, than saddle fit. If all is fine then very likely horse is just lacking the training (so you may want to consider working with the trainer dealing with problem horses).

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post #27 of 69 Old 08-03-2011, 01:43 AM
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I imagine from this photo of your horse, that your saddle is not fitting correctly.

Can a 27yr old Arabian Mare be Pregnant?


I still cannot wrap my head around lunging a hobbled horse, that's just plain crazy.
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post #28 of 69 Old 08-03-2011, 01:58 AM
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Alex, you think the horse in this thread is the 27 year old rescue mare?
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Oh I did until I reread the OP based on your post Tiny.
My apologies.
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post #30 of 69 Old 08-03-2011, 07:30 AM
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Right please people stop bugging him/her with the hobble danger!!
As a rescue pony you must NEVER please never hobble her (no pony should ever be hobbled anyway)
Wait.... No one else is allowed to say anything about hobbles, only you are?


I see nothing wrong with using hobbles and training a horse to hobble. It is a very useful tool.
Lunging a horse in hobbles, now that is a different story.
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