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?