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    09-09-2009, 02:23 PM

Have you ever hobbled a horse? If so how did it work? How do you use a hobble? Post your personal thoughts.
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    09-09-2009, 06:35 PM
I'm going to assume that you know how to put them on because I don't know if I can explain it so you can understand. When you put hobbles on put them on as tight as you can with the horses feet about 3 inches apart. When the horse tries to take the first step they will pull tight and be just right. I like to put them in a round pen and take the halter off so they can't get in a wreck that way. Then just leave the pen and find sopmething else to do within sight of the corral. The horse will panic a little but as long as he's safe just let him go and he'll soon figure it out.
    09-09-2009, 09:16 PM
What do you need hobbles for?

When I saw hobbles I was thinking trotting or pacing hobbles.... lol, then I wondered why anyone would be asking that!
    09-09-2009, 10:05 PM
I hobble my horse almost daily. For grooming, for saddling. He spends about 1/2 hour every day wearing them on the front, on the back and sometimes on both.
You do not teach it by just putting them on and turning the horse loose. It is a simple thing to teach, 10 minutes a day for 3 or 4 days and the a horse will wear hobbles without fighting.
A post on how to do this was run about a month or so ago
Do a search on hobbling and you should find information on how to do this.
I always carry a pair in my saddle bags and when I need to clear trail I ground tie by dropping the reins and slip a pair of hobbles on for safelty.
Hobbles teach patience, the teach a horse to stand quietly for long periods of time.
Look it up and if you can not find it I will try a search tomorrow
    09-09-2009, 10:08 PM
Try this link
Training Horse To Accept Hobbles
    09-09-2009, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
If hobbles teach so much patience, why exactly do you continue to hobble your horse daily? Ground tying isn't ground tying if your horse is restrained. Hence the term GROUND tying. Seems like a pretty big waste of time if after all these years your horse hasn't even learned to stand still for saddling.

I've never had a problem teaching patience and standing without use of hobbles. Quite frankly, I dislike the idea of completely removing my horses ability to escape if neccesary.

OP - what is your experience with hobbles? Why do you want to know how to use them? I've never quite understood the point of them, other then to cause unneccesary danger.
    09-09-2009, 10:19 PM
If you had ever spent the afternoon walking back to the trailer hoping your horse would be there when you got there it wouldn't seem like such a waste of time.
    09-09-2009, 10:24 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
If you had ever spent the afternoon walking back to the trailer hoping your horse would be there when you got there it wouldn't seem like such a waste of time.
Care to explain exactly what you mean by that? I fail to see how hobbles prevents your horse from galloping off if you get dumped, if that's what you're insinuating. My horses are trained to stop when I fall, and I've never had an issue with a horse running off.
    09-09-2009, 10:27 PM
I've used them when I ran a pack train a few years back. The mules and horses were already used to them, so I'm not sure how exactly they were trained to accept them. I used them without incident, and they were very easy to use. It was a nice feeling knowing that they were not too far away all night, and they could get up and down with them on which surprised me. Better than tethering all night long!
Ummmm....I think I kinda remember an article in Western Horseman a few years back about them. Maybe they have an archive on ther website?
Are you going on a trip??
    09-09-2009, 10:31 PM
I mean that if you get off your horse to enjoy some lunch in the great outdoors you can either hobble your horse and let him graze, tie him up short so he doesn't get tangled in the rope or let him graze and hope your bond is strong enough that he won't run off. I have tried all the options and I hobble my horses when I won't be using them but want to keep them near. Some people use horses differently than I do and they have no need of hobbles. I have never in 25 years had a horse hurt using hobbles so to my way of thinking they must not be too dangerous.

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