Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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I am going to start hobble training my two horses. I have chosen to just use 1" cotton rope. I know how to properly tie it as I have had horses that were already hobble trained in the past, but they came that way :) I have a perch mare which I think it woulf be hard to find hobbles to fit her legs. Both my paint geding and perch mare are pretty level headed and desensitized to rope. I think the mare will be a little less reactive, but will take longer to give in as she is the stubborn type. My gelding is a little more reactive but gives in really quick.
Any advice? How have you all habble trained your horses? My BO gave some advice, pulling on each front leg with the rope around the horses leg till it lifts and gives in, then hobble the horse and encourage to try and move. Unfortuately I do not have a round pen, where I would prefer to teach this, but I do have an arena. SHould I keep the horse on a line, or let it figure it out by itself. I have also heard of hobbling the horse, and putting grain in a bowl about 6 or eight feet away from the horse, so the horse moves forward a little and keeps its mind off of the hobbles and on the food (this would keep my mares attention for sure, as she is a food addict(. I want to keep this experience as positive as possible. ANY ADVICE WILL BE APPRECIATED