Piper 182: My hope is that it will help my horse get to be better broke and "giving" with his legs and feet. Just another way to have him give to pressure. If, Heaven forbid, Scout were to ever get caught in a fence, or a similarly restraining situation, the hobbling experience will help him to not fight the restraint and further injure himself. Also, I've been told that hobbling can really make standing and ground tying without hobbles come easier.
Marecare: It sounds kind of like the hobbling can have the same effect as laying a horse down, but without nearly the potential trauma or risk that laying entails. I'll probably start today with getting Scout used to the ropes around his legs and feet. My "partner" (sister) isn't available today, but I can definitely use the time to super-desensitize him to the feel of the ropes!
Thanks again for all the help and info!
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown