Thanks so much! This is extremely helpful, and sounds much simpler to introduce than I thought it would be. Where do you get the heavy elastic at? I do have some small bungee cords around, would one of those do a similar job as the flat elastic? How about denim as opposed to suede? I really like the idea of the homemade soft hobbles.
If you decide to try this you should be hobbling within a week.
Once you get to the hobble point you can cross tie as usual and add the hobbles while brushing. In a few days remove the cross tie and leave the halter on with lead rope hanging down. Before long the halter will be discarded and you will be only relying on the hobbles for brushing, saddling and working around the horse.
It honestly is very simple a quick to teach and if the horse has the right temperment he/she won't fight it.
Practice also on the back