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Trails 10-16-2012 03:33 PM

Just wanting to get a sampling of thoughts on hobbles.

My recent Oct. column in Western Mule was on hobbles, a few of the different types, some uses for them, etc. and Boy O has the response been interesting. Seems that west of Mississippi they're a great tool and that east of Big Muddy they're torture device that should be outlawed.

Prior to moving to the west coast I never used them. Now I seem to be collecting all the various flavors (just got a set of Mormom Hobbles - now these are interesting - I need to have a good mule teach me how to use them!)

So what are your thoughts? Have you used them?

TrailheadSupply 10-16-2012 06:45 PM

Never have seen this set up before. And as you know I run hobbles big fan of them. I'll see if Smoke can shed some light on them

Painted Horse 10-16-2012 08:08 PM

The mormon hobbles were basically to keep the indians from stealing the horses. They were much like puzzle ring. In the dark of night and in a hurry the indians didn't have the time to figure out how to get them off the horse. But the owners knew how to put them on and take them off, So no big deal for them.

I'm a big fan of hobbles and use them a lot. I often keep a hobble hanging from my rear cinch. If I stop for lunch I can hobble the horses and let them graze while I eat my lunch.

I don't leave horses hobbled all night, Just while they are grazing. Maybe an hour in the morning while we eat breakfast or break camp and an hour in the evening before dark. I always bring them in and highline them at dark.

My horses can still out run me, even in hobbles, But they tire quickly allowing me to catch if I need to. Most of the time, my horses stay close, the hobble removing any ideas of a wild romp across the mountain. I like the 2" wide leather, but often use the 2" wide nylon hobbles.

Horses grazing at lunch in hobbles

qh trail rider 10-16-2012 10:12 PM

Our horses on hobbles in NM a few years ago. Kind of funny story about the grey horse on your left. This was the first year that this horse had hobbles used on her. For about the first 2 days, she wouldn't hardly move a muscle. I think that she was mad and maybe had her feelings hurt a little bit, too. Then a few days later, all four of these horses decided to take off in a gallop across the meadow. They didn't go very far before we caught up with them, but it was still a chase for a little while and had us wondering how far they would go.

boots 10-16-2012 10:59 PM

I use nylon hobbles when working on most places in Wyoming. Not many trees (yay!). One thirty thousand acre place had exactly 5. And they were never in the right place when I needed something to tie to.

I've also used leather hobbles and leather with sheepskin lining, but not for many years.

I've seen hobbles like what you call Mormon hobbles, but only hanging on walls.

DancingArabian 10-16-2012 11:37 PM

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I think hobble training can be very important and can even save a horse's life! It is on my "to do" list for the winter when the weather is too ick to ride.

Where in the world does someone get those mormon hobbles? They look neat.

Painted Horse 10-16-2012 11:45 PM

You can google Mormon hobbles and find lots of info
But here is a short video showing how they come apart

From The Forge: Mormon Hobbles Forged By Dennis Manning - American Farriers Journal

TaraBearaIsBack 10-17-2012 11:49 AM

My aunt almost used hobbles on my mare who used to kick in the trailer but we ended up having to put her to sleep before we had to try it. I have never used hobbles before though, but they seem really useful!! I may look into them for myself!

DancingArabian 10-17-2012 08:12 PM

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What's the best way to go about introducing hobbles? Should the horse have a halter on with leadline attached?

Shoebox 10-17-2012 08:24 PM

I'm unfamiliar with Hobbles... They seem dangerous. What if the horse panics and bolts? Couldn't they seriously hurt themselves?

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