Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Personally, anyone who doesn't like hobbles, doesn't understand their purpose. It is a mainstay of a trail rider or anyone who has to do fence work on the open pastures. The American cowboy, as just one example, needs that tool to help in his work and, as Kevin said, it can get a horse out of a lot of trouble by teaching him to stay still when necessary.
Right now, I'm taking care of a horse for a friend that had an old tarp blow into the pasture one day during a pretty bad wind storm. The horse got tangled in it and fought to free himself. He was in pretty bad shape when he was found a day latter. Had the horse been accustom to hobbles, he would have just stood there until freed.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.