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Janna 11-08-2012 02:29 PM

Hobbling
 
While feeding my colt violently paws and breaks buckets. Even of I have the bucket up high he will put his leg up as high as he can to hit it.

I was thinking maybe I can hobble just while he's eating so he will quit breaking stuff.

He learned this from his mom, she is bad about pawing.

What's the best way to get them used to the hobbles? Some people put it on them and let them figure it out themselves.

Any other ideas for getting him to quit?

Spotted 11-08-2012 02:51 PM

Oh I hate that! I use rubber tubs now, they are black and flexible. I honestly wouldn't teach a horse to hobble myself.( call me chickenxxxx) but I would recommend getting someone with experience.
I haven't figured out how to fix that either, other than putting the bucket higher.

Janna 11-08-2012 03:15 PM

Lol I've put it way high. Like high as I can that he can barely get his head in it. If he can't hit the bucket he just hits whatever as hard as he can

Elana 11-08-2012 03:24 PM

I had a smallish pen in a quiet place (no other horses around) and I would put the hobbles on and walk away. I would watch for awhile in case there was a needed rescue (carried a sharp knife).. it usually did not take long for the horse to figure them out.

I tried putting boots on the horse so the hobbles would not rub so.. but I have to say.. that did not work out.

I used nylon figure 8 hobbles.

Oh yes.. the pen was fairly level and had soft good footing so any falling was less likely to skin the horses up.

Janna 11-08-2012 03:28 PM

Think I could use a round pen? It's really soft, has sand

xxdanioo 11-08-2012 03:30 PM

Walter has the same problem. He paws like a mad man when getting his grain. This is how he injured himself this summer- he was in a tie stall and got his leg stuck over the chain, and then launched himself into the manger -___-

When he is back from training I want to work with him on this issue.. so I am subbing for any siggestions as well!

Spotted 11-08-2012 03:35 PM

I think it's a boy thing ! LOL

Wahya 11-08-2012 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spotted (Post 1749880)
Oh I hate that! I use rubber tubs now, they are black and flexible. I honestly wouldn't teach a horse to hobble myself.( call me chickenxxxx) but I would recommend getting someone with experience.
I haven't figured out how to fix that either, other than putting the bucket higher.

I use those buckets as well, what ever works! ahaha they work wonders, you can use them for anything, like a dog bowl, cow bowl, cat bowl, chicken bowl, you name it.

Janna 11-08-2012 04:21 PM

The only time he paws is feeding time.
I don't like that he breaks the buckets but I don't want him hurting his legs or feet or anything else so I just thought hobbling for feeding then taking them off would probably be ok of I get him used to it. First I have to go buy the hobbles lol

boots 11-08-2012 04:36 PM

I think your round pen would be fine. I hobble train every horse that I can. Both because we often don't have anything to tie to, and for the desensitization it provides if a horse gets caught in wire or whatever.

There are other options for stopping the pawing, though, if you don't want to hobble train your horse.


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