I read some of this thread. Had never heard of hobbling a horse before... so I go to youtube. I type in "hobbling a horse" and I get a guy turning a young horse in a circle with his freakin' hooves "hoofcuffed" together!!! Those things make me claustrophobic just watching them! Yikes. No thanks.
There is nothing cruel about hobbling a horse. This has been done for centuries and is used by many nomadic horse peoples. The OP did not "hobble" the horse but rather tied on leg up to the barrel of the horse with rope and then asked the horse to move around the round pen.
I will say that I woud not use the word "abuser" with this person. Abuse to me is made with aforethought to be cruel, and the OP did this out of ignorance and being guided by some trainer who espoused this method, ala the "Horse Whisperer" fame. The result might have caused pain to the horse and a risk of injury and I personally would probably never do this, move from fear of injury than causeing pain. We do all kinds of things that cause pain to horses, though usually only for a second or two.
The Op has admitted a bit of ignorance in this area and actually has been pretty willing to listen to the comments of most posters here.
YOu WILL get a better result from treating an animal OR a person with respect than you will with harsh blows or words.
Oxer, hobbles are used to secure horses when out in the wildness when there is no way to tie them. (I only recently learned this too)
The OP did not use the handcuff looking hobbles, she tied one leg up, like this....
Tiny, this quote does sound to me that she did it with malice, and not out of ignorance. But it's subjective, everyone has their own line in the sand. To me the fact that she made the horse trot was way over the line of excessive.
Originally Posted by My Morgan Genevieve
Lol, I did make her run while hobbled, but only for a few minutes. No, I was not on her back while she was hobbled.
So... I tie your legs together so you can't run away?! Haha! This sounds pretty interesting to me. Never knew people did that sort of thing. I suppose the Disney idea of how the natives could whistle into the wind and their trusty steed would come cantering from across the plains... okay... yes... too much television!
Thanks for the info, Alex!
People also hobble train horses to get them used to the sensation. Then, if the horse is unlucky enough to get caught, say, in a barbed wire fence, they are far less likely to freak out and cut their leg off than they are to stand calmly and wait to be rescued.
Perhaps try just walking her for a number of rides and set up obstacles so she needs to be mindful of where she puts her feet. Try to keep it relaxed. Is she sick of the arena? Do you ride out at all? Horses that get arena sour become quite unpleasant. Many riders will resort to harsh treatment but the horse really just needs a break.
Tiny, can you (or whomever) explain what these are used for?? I seem to be in the dark about this.
In some countries it's used to restrain horses still they can graze around the camp. I went on horse riding vacation years ago and hobbling horses for the night was a normal practice there. Horses were trained, were absolutely fine with hobbles, and they move around without going too far enjoying the lush grass.
I did some hobble training with my qh (time ago) to teach her to stand still and wait if her front legs would of get tangled in something.