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Join Date: Dec 2010
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Slidestop, I often agree with you and do still, to some extent- but I think you could be a bit more tasteful. OP asked a fairly common question and as far as I'm concerned, she's done the training correctly for the most part, so far.This is coming from someone that has hobble trained nearly a dozen horses. I realize its hard not to make assumptions with little information, but its not fair to accuse OP of things or tell her she's being rediculous when you know very little.
By the way, her horse pawing at a rubber mat would likely still do the same amount of damage to her hooves and won't fix anything either. Do realize, too, that once this mare is hobble trained she shouldnt NEED to be tied by the halter. That's the entire point of hobbles.
OP, I don't know if you're still willing to read this thread but if you are, let me know and I'll write you a post on how I hobble train a horse, if you're interested. I'm not sure that hobbles are going to be the solution to her pawing problems necessarily though, because pawing tends to stem from the horse being uneasy and nervous or impatient, and she will likely just pick up another habit if the root of the problem isn't dealt with.
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