Who hobbles their horses?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

Who hobbles their horses?

This is a discussion on Who hobbles their horses? within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Who hobbles their horses?

Like Tree14Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-26-2013, 04:12 PM
  #1
bjb
Weanling
Who hobbles their horses?

Hi my mare who I have only had maybe two months Digs the ground when tied. Its not a fear thing or her wanting treats she just doesnt like to be alone at all. If your standing right next to her she's fine and will stand no problem. As soon a you turn away from her and start to walk off she is digging. I usually would just leave a horse and let them get used to it in most cases a horse will figure out that digging or having a fit isnt getting them anywhere and they will learn to stand quietly. My problem is she is starting to damage her hooves they are rolling up and she is digging off her toe. As her owner I can't just stand by and let her cause damage to herself like that.

So I bought hobbles(nice quality leather not rope). I have never used them before but I have done a bit of reading and I know many "natural horsemen" use them and claim its a good thing to have them trained to use because it can prevent them from hurting themselves in other situations. My husband is a bit more experienced in these things so he has agreed to help me teach her. We tried them for maybe 10 minutes today just to lightly start her in them. We were in the indoor arena with nobody else around he was holding her by the lead rope incase anything happened. She struggled for a little while then calmed down and stood so we rubbed her and took them off. Our plan is to do this everyday for a while and gradually increase the time we leave them on.
Is this a proper way to teach her? Are there any other things we should do/consider? Who else uses them and what are the benefits and disadvantages of them? Anything else related to hobbles you would like to share?

Thanks!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    03-26-2013, 04:22 PM
  #2
Green Broke
If she gets that panicky on the cross ties I'd be wary of hobbeling her on cross ties. Now she is restrained via two methods and if your horse isn't well and comfortable with one or the other then really think this through. It sounds like s recipe for disaster.

I'd really seek the help of a trained professional for this one, not some internet advice. This sounds like it need hands on supervision. One bad accident and your horse will probably never tie or hobble the same ever again.

I'd get her a rubber matt, place it under her feet, tie her up and let her go to town like you suggested.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    03-26-2013, 04:31 PM
  #3
bjb
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlideStop    
If she gets that panicky on the cross ties I'd be wary of hobbeling her on cross ties. Now she is restrained via two methods and if your horse isn't well and comfortable with one or the other then really think this through. It sounds like s recipe for disaster.

I'd really seek the help of a trained professional for this one, not some internet advice. This sounds like it need hands on supervision. One bad accident and your horse will probably never tie or hobble the same ever again.

I'd get her a rubber matt, place it under her feet, tie her up and let her go to town like you suggested.
Posted via Mobile Device
I never said I intended to do both at the same time I don't think that's a safe idea either. Its not like I just threw them on and left her alone to figure them out herself. We stayed right with her. Just because I have never personally used hobbles before does not mean im just some kid trying something out with no safety precautions or common sense. My husband grew up on a horse farm riding and training. Not to mention iv had over 9 years of horse experience myself. I don't think a mat is going to help in this situation anyway I don't only ride in an arena and I absolutly do not intend to ride everywhere with a mat incase I for some reason have to get off and tie her up. But thanks
     
    03-26-2013, 04:36 PM
  #4
bjb
Weanling
Also since I have had her (almost 2 months) I have tied her with the hopes she would eventually improve and she has not even so much as slightly made progress. Not all horses are going to learn from that method and that is why I am trying an alternative method
     
    03-26-2013, 04:39 PM
  #5
Foal
I know there are many different opinions on hobble training horses. I can see both perspectives and feel it depends on the horse. I can certainly see where it could help prevent injury who has become entrapped, and on the other hand I can see how for some horses it can be too dangerous. I also understand it can be dangerous hobble training to both the horse and his/her partner. For myself, I tend to be more cautious and would enlist the help of my trainer for something such as this. Best of wishes to you and your horse.
bjb likes this.
     
    03-26-2013, 04:51 PM
  #6
bjb
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phura    
I know there are many different opinions on hobble training horses. I can see both perspectives and feel it depends on the horse. I can certainly see where it could help prevent injury who has become entrapped, and on the other hand I can see how for some horses it can be too dangerous. I also understand it can be dangerous hobble training to both the horse and his/her partner. For myself, I tend to be more cautious and would enlist the help of my trainer for something such as this. Best of wishes to you and your horse.
I completly Agree with you. All horses are not the same so a one size fits all view is just not logical. My mare even will lift her legs up and smack the walls or if she is by a fence she will try sticking her legs through so In my opinion Hobbling her is a safer choice "for her" I don't belive its for everyone or every horse but I feel its in her best interest. Thanks for your reply :)
     
    03-26-2013, 04:55 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Wow, so sorry to step on your delicate toes.

You never mentioned not tying her, that you need to tie her where a matt may not be portable, and I never once thought you were a kid.

But consider this... YOU A TYING TWO LEGS OF A PRAY ANIMAL TOGETHER! I've had just as much experience as you have had with hundreds of different horses. I'm ok with doing a lot of stuff other people wouldn't be comfortable. When I comes to hobbling a horse can be extremely dangerous and detrimental physically and mentally for a horse.

There's no shame is consulting a professional, even if its for a time or two, just to evaluate your horse and show you the proper steps. If you have to come to an online forum asking for advice on how to hobble a horse I'd say you probably should be attempting it yourself, I don't care if your 13, 33 or 83. And if your husband is a "horse trainer" why doesn't he have the answers for you?
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    03-26-2013, 04:56 PM
  #8
Yearling
I really liked this barn that had a tie pole in the middle of nowhere. As weanlings everyday they would take them out and tie them for hours. I thought it was incredibly brilliant.
bjb and boots like this.
     
    03-26-2013, 05:11 PM
  #9
bjb
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlideStop    
Wow, so sorry to step on your delicate toes.

You never mentioned not tying her, that you need to tie her where a matt may not be portable, and I never once thought you were a kid.

But consider this... YOU A TYING TWO LEGS OF A PRAY ANIMAL TOGETHER! I've had just as much experience as you have had with hundreds of different horses. I'm ok with doing a lot of stuff other people wouldn't be comfortable. When I comes to hobbling a horse can be extremely dangerous and detrimental physically and mentally for a horse.

There's no shame is consulting a professional, even if its for a time or two, just to evaluate your horse and show you the proper steps. If you have to come to an online forum asking for advice on how to hobble a horse I'd say you probably should be attempting it yourself, I don't care if your 13, 33 or 83. And if your husband is a "horse trainer" why doesn't he have the answers for you?
Posted via Mobile Device
I wasnt trying to argue with you or seem like you "offended me" but I felt like you didnt fully read my initial post. You just assumed I would be tying her while using the hobbles and I felt like you just assumed we were not capable of doing this. If I did not say that I was going to tie her while using the hobbles why would you think I was? If you read my post you would have read that we were holding her leadline (not her leadline tied to the wall). Also I do not live in an area where hobbling is a big thing its done more in the south. I don't even know a single "expert" as you would put it in my area that hobbles so I am sorry but I simply don't have access to a hobbling expert so yes I ask for advise on here. Isnt that what this site is for? If not I guess we should all stop using it. I was looking for either personal experiences good and bad and helpful advise. Not for people to simply jump to conclusions and basicly tell me I have no business doing it. You do not know me so you clearly can't make that assumption. You could have however actually asked me questions. If you have nothing helpful to offer please refrain from replying thanks
     
    03-26-2013, 05:21 PM
  #10
Green Broke
I understood you were teaching her in the indoor without tying her. But if you don't give the whole story we have to make assumptions. In simple terms... Horse paws when tied, you don't want said horse to paw, you want to hobble break her to prevent pawing. I have to assume your going to hobble her on the cross ties since that's where/when she paws.

I did post very useful info, now whether you choose to use it is a different story. PS, its a public forum, you can post where ever and whatever you want.
Posted via Mobile Device
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hobbles Trails Trail Riding 21 09-27-2014 04:05 AM
Hobbles Cloudlover Horse Talk 2 11-25-2012 09:00 PM
hobbles Makoda Trail Riding 5 06-06-2012 10:46 AM
Anyone use hobbles on their horses? wild horses Trail Riding 1 04-27-2011 09:34 AM
Hobbles .Delete. Horse Tack and Equipment 15 02-15-2008 11:41 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0