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cherriebark 04-02-2009 01:41 PM

I'm curious to know opinions on hobbling a horse. I do day trail rides and I am wanting to start preparing my youngster for camping trips. I know people who hobble, line tie, and just tie their horses to the trailer all night. Opinions on the best route and training methods?

Vidaloco 04-02-2009 02:01 PM

I just bought a nice set of front hobbles to start training our trail horses with. I'm not sure if they have ever been hobbled before so it should be interesting.
My main reason for doing it is so they don't freak out when a rope gets caught around their feet. My horse is fine when it happens but my husbands horse has gotten rope burns several times for freaking out when on a loose line and gets a rope wrapped.
Personally I think its a good thing for all horses to go through hobble training just for that safety reason.
I would never hobble them for any length of time while camping and never left unattended. They can still wander pretty far with hobbles on.
We picket/high line ours during the day and put them in the trailer at night when we camp. If you were horse camping (not returning to the trailer) I would still keep them on a high line all night.
I have craig cameron training hobbles like these. Very gentle and soft

Spastic_Dove 04-02-2009 02:21 PM

I have hobble trained Diesel, but never really use them. When we were training, we just used part of a cotton lead. But I really like the ones Vida posted. Im planning on conning my boyfriend into going on some overnight camp/trail rides this summer, so I think I'm going to have to make sure Diesel remembers and then work on high lining him. I've had sneaky horses get away from me on hobbles...they would just kind of hop towards the grass but so far Diesel hasnt figured out you can do that.

How we started them was by restraining one foot at a time, then eventually two. Someone else, I'm sure, can better explain it though as I have only done it once

Vidaloco 04-02-2009 02:55 PM

There are several videos on Youtube. Heres one that is part 1of a 3 part deal. It starts with some really basic desensitizing stuff so its good.

iridehorses 04-02-2009 06:00 PM

Great video Vita, thanks.

cherriebark 04-03-2009 12:24 PM

Thanks for the video!! Thanks very helpful.

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