Why hobble a horse?

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  1. myspookypony

    myspookypony Senior Member+

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    I have only seen this done a few times in my small non-western horse community - I'm curious to know why it is done, and its benefits, yadda yadda :D
     






  2. Ambrose

    Ambrose Senior Member+

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    Beneficial for teaching a horse to be calm and patient, especially if they should happen to be tangled in something - a hobble-trained horse has a better chance of understanding what it should do if it is restrained (like, say, by a snarl of loose wire) and that can save its life in an emergency.

    It's also very useful for teaching a horse to ground tie, but not necessary to train that skill. :)
     
  3. seaecho

    seaecho Senior Member+

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    Hobble training is such a good thing that I think every horse should learn it. It can teach patience, and I've actually had hobble trained horses of my own get caught in a fence (or in one case in a surcingle--hard to describe, but the horse's head ended up caught down in the grazing posture). Boy, was I glad I'd hobbled trained them! Could have been serious injury or death to the horses had they not waited patiently for me to come "rescue" them. Its a necessity every horse needs to know, IMO.
     
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    GotaDunQH Senior Member+

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    Agree with Ambrose and Seacho. Every horse could benefit from it, for learning patience and how to stand quietly.
     
  5. Maple Leaf

    Maple Leaf Full Member

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    How do you train them to do that? I believe my gelding would completely loose it if I tried that.
     
  6. TheBombDotCom

    TheBombDotCom Senior Member+

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    Yes,sometimes they do. But they can't go very far ;).
     
  7. seaecho

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    You have to train them very gently to accept the hobbles. In steps, not all at once. And never scare them. I attached a soft rope to my gelding's pastern and let him feel it as I lunged him. Didn't pull on it, just enough pressure so he knew it was there. When he was comfortable with that, I started lifting his leg with the rope and holding it up, first forward, then back. Then I encouraged him to WALK while lunging while his leg was held up with the rope (bent at the knee) with a quick release knot to the horn of the saddle. He got a little scared, but I stopped him and reassured him, then tried again. After a few minutes he obediently "hopped" around me in a circle. I didn't keep it on him for more than a couple of minutes so he wouldn't get fatigued. Then we did it with his other leg. Then I tied his front legs together loosely, still with the soft rope that wouldn't chafe or burn. He tried to walk a couple of times, realized he was hobbled, and just stood there quietly. The key is not to traumatize the horse in any way. Show him he can trust you to take it off, and that it won't stay on him forever.
     
  8. Eugene Cassels

    Eugene Cassels Senior Member+

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    sometimes it does have drawbacks though not enough to not hobble train . Charlie a hobble trained horse was in the back pasture and went missing everyone looked for charlie for a day i decided it was time for me to hunt the woods behind the pasture sure enough charlie had tangeled a grape vine around his back legs and was just standing there i walked up to him and led him out of the vines and charlie headed for the barn guess he would have stayed there forever if i had not found him .
     
  9. tlwidener

    tlwidener Senior Member+

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    Here's WHY to hobble train a horse (courtesy of MuckMuch, hope he doesn't mind.)

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  10. Chester

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    People today had their hobbled horse tied to the float. It had been digging a hole to China before it got its hobbles.
     
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