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    06-05-2011, 07:47 PM

I have seen several you tube videos on hobbling and I noticed that some people put them on the horse just below their knees and some people put them around their pasterns, which is the proper place to put them or is it personal preference?
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    06-05-2011, 07:56 PM
I can't believe I'm suggesting this as I really didn't like the guy, but PDJones has a great hobbling video on YouTube. I dislike a few of his methods and ideas (such as starting yearlings), but the hobbling video is well done.
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    06-05-2011, 10:33 PM
I have always used hobbles around the pastern. I have not seen it around the knees, personally, but I guess if that's the way the horse is taught, there shouldn't be "much" difference.
    06-06-2011, 01:07 AM
I guess it must be a personal preference then I always put them around
Their cannon bones and the videos I seen were about 50/50 in the placement. I did read that the horse has bit more freedom to move when it is higher up.
    06-06-2011, 05:31 AM
Check out this guy, I bought his leg restraints DVD because I was going to leg restraint train my horse that I ended up getting rid of. He was a cronic pawer and had seperation issues. But the horse did the dirty on me so I don't have him anymore


Anyways, the hobbles that go around the pasterns look like this

The knee hobbles look like this

This is the types of hobbles you can get for what purpose
Horse Training Hobbles

Good luck. John recommends that you do it in a round yard with heavy sand
    06-06-2011, 05:38 AM
What are these even used for??
    06-06-2011, 06:03 AM
It is a method of restricting a horse's movements. It is used a great deal by cowboys that need a way to keep a horse within reach while he gets off to repair fence or treat a cow (as two examples). It has it's benefit for many horseman in that it teaches a horse not to panic if caught up in wire or some other possible disaster.
    06-06-2011, 06:52 AM
Originally Posted by shelleyb    
what are these even used for??
click on the website and read up about it. It is used for all sorts of things.... here's a list:
  • To fix ear shy Horses
  • To fix kickers
  • To fix Float scrambles
  • To fix pawers and hole diggers
  • To fix separation anxiety.
  • To load the unloadable real bad Horses.
  • To protect people from being struck by front legs during treatment or handling
  • To stop Float ramp kickers.
  • To worm the unwormable Horse
  • To Clip the unclipable Horse
  • To save Horses lives and enable Veterinary treatment when Horses object and no crush is available.
  • To protect Vet's, Horse Dentists, Clippers and so on from either back or front legs.
  • To protect Stallions from being ruined by kicking Mares.
  • To assist in the performance of the 'Endorphin Tap'
  • To get shoes on an objectionable Horse
  • To heighten the training so well that they will never kick a kid.
  • To lighten horses up.
  • To increase respect of Owners.
  • To put Horses back into their Box when they may rise above the Owner and become uncontrollable.
  • and many more......oh and to save the life of this young Darling Girl :)

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