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post #1 of 20 Old 03-08-2010, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever used a hobble on their horse? I just hate the whole idea, nothing about it appeals to me. Though, I'm interested to hear what everyone thinks.

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post #2 of 20 Old 03-08-2010, 11:51 AM
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If it doesn't appeal to you then don't use them. I like them and they have never done any harm to my horses. If anything they help keep them safe in some situations and more comfortable in others. When I am camping in the backcountry I can hobble my horses and they can get feed and water when they need to and they don't have as much impact on the ground as tying them up all the time.

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post #3 of 20 Old 03-08-2010, 12:01 PM
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I don't like hobbles either. Just tie the horse up. Because if a predator comes along, gee maybe I should NOT have done that Plus they seem like a pain, can they even lay down or move with them on?

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post #4 of 20 Old 03-08-2010, 12:13 PM
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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.

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I have seen many horses tied long enough to eat get caught in the rope and hurt or, in one case, killed. Horses with hobbles on can move but it takes more effort to move very fast and they will stop pretty soon. Horses that are tied and hobbled learn to stand without pawing and dancing around. Predators are really not much of a danger to horses hobbled or not. The chances of a predator getting after your horse is much smaller than having them hit by lightning. They are an important tool and if you don't want to use them then don't but realize that they are not harmful or dangerous to a horse.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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I has only seen them used in a stall so a horse wouldn't lay down. Although I know they could be used outside. The stall thing I still don't agree with. But the training and ranching thing I can actully see the purpose. Why then would you use them in a stall so a horse wouldn'y lay down? I saw one person do this to their horses (in stalls) all day and night. Sometimes he would take them off, but very rarely. The horses were not injured or anything, confused me

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Jiblethead, to quote the title of a book by Ron White, You Can't Fix Stupid. Why someone does a dumb thing is sometimes only know to them. Why does anyone abuse a horse or any animal for that matter?

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Don't worry Kevin, I won't use them. I'm just curious to see if anyone has or hasn't and why. Nor am I saying that anyone who does use them is a horrible horse owner. I've just never seen anyone use them until I read a book by Heather Cook.


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So there was no purpose for him doing this. I didn't think there was. It's sad people do this for no reason :( He sold all his horses a few years ago (Havana included).

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So there was no purpose for him doing this. I didn't think there was. It's sad people do this for no reason :( He sold all his horses a few years ago (Havana included).
He may have had a reason. You should have ask him.

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