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    07-19-2009, 02:59 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by Scoutrider    
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.
You can use any material you want. I used suade because I had it. As for elastic bands again anything will work, rope , chain, bungee cord, anything to form a link. I just like the elastic because if the horse panics for some unforseen reason the elastic allows limited movement.
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
Good luck
     
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    07-20-2009, 12:55 PM
  #12
Yearling
I think there is another aspect of hobble training that does not get talked about as much and that deals with the attitude change that it produces.

As a horse gives the handler their feet and legs there is a mental process that changes their demeanor.

When a horse is in a bind like that they just turn themselves over to you.
You are the leader and they know it.
It is up to you to protect them and keep them safe.

So the hobbles build trust and bond with the handler.

The hobbles soften the horse and get the horse looking to you more.
Most horses will just lower their head and give you the body language of an animal that just wants to get along.
The hobbles put them into a learning mood.

I find that if training is going a bit rough and I am starting to see a resistant attitude,then if I take a time out and place the horse into hobbles for 5 or 10 minutes the problem just fades away.

Very simple,very safe for the horse and the handler.

If the horse is not paying attention and all distracted,then put him into hobbles for a few minutes.
     
    07-20-2009, 02:23 PM
  #13
Weanling
What are the benefits of hobbling? I know one person who hobbles his horses at night but he's on an open range and it just prevents the herd from going too far. I get it that the above people use them to train the horse to stand still, but what else would it be used for? Just curious :)
     
    07-20-2009, 02:45 PM
  #14
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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!
     
    07-20-2009, 02:48 PM
  #15
Yearling
As my previous post talks about,It give them an attitude adjustment and builds trust as you are the one that releases them from their bind.
You are taking their feet and giving them back!

It must be done in a very calm and relaxed manner.
     
    07-20-2009, 02:56 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Scoutrider    
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!

That is exactly correct and I might add that as they get more and more comfortable,then it is not uncommon that they do lay down.

If this happens,just undo the hobbles and let them stand when they get around to it.
A horse giving you there feet is a big deal,but a horse laying down is HUGE and shows that they have given themselves completely to you and trust you as their leader and protector.

I feel that there is no higher level that a horse can give than to lay down when asked as they are completely vulnerable.
     
    07-20-2009, 03:05 PM
  #17
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Other then shoing my guy wears his hobbles every time he is in the barn being groomed or saddled. I slip a rope over his neck in the field, lead him into the barn , drop the rope and slip on a pair of hobbles then remove the rope.
I now have a horse that is easier to groom since there is no cross ties or halter in the way, same with slipping on the bridle.
It also makes him stand perfectly still. He doens't fidgit from one foot to the other or move around.
Like MareCare I feel it shows him my control over him and he accepts.
I too worry about wire and with this training he will stand if caught.
I ground tie all the time, every day in fact and once hobble trained they just seem to accept ground tying .
I won't own a horse that isn't trained to hobble for those simple reasons alone.
I also stake the horse out by ONE hind leg for grazing. If there is some choice bit of grass in the spring that isn't fenced in or I can't turn him into the field I will slip a cuff on one hind leg, attach a long lead to this cuff and turn him out to graze. Being one hind leg only his chances of getting tangled are slight and if he hits the end of the tether he backs up one step and rotates to his left and grazes off in the new direction.
Again it is alot about control and obedience.
     

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