Well, I keep reading that hobbles are a fine way to let your horse forage when taking breaks or camping. We have a set of fairly nice, but older, leather hobbles with chain linkage. Today I dug them out of the storage tote and put them on Mr. Big.
I'm not sure what I expected. I HOPED he'd be OK with them. But I didn't know. I don't think he's ever been hobbled but a prior owner might have used them on him.
First, he didn't want to be caught. He plays that game sometimes. I finally cornered him--and he stood stock still while I got the halter on him.
I tied him to the feed rack and went to get the hobbles. Other than pulling his foot away from me a time or two he was fine about having them put on. Second one actually went on easier than the first.
He tried to take a step, couldn't and stood still for the longest time. I used the time to remove his halter.
He took a couple of tentative "high steps" then gave me a look that said "Now, why did you do this to me?" And buried his head in the hay and ignored the hobbles.
I don't think hobbling Mr. Big will be an issue.
Wish I felt the same about the Mrs. Big mare. She'll need 'em, too. Sigh.
Hopefully, Sunday we can try hobbling him when we stop for a trail lunch and see how he does in a more "realistic" setting.