Last Friday we talked a little about hobbles and their benefit to the horse. I was not able to get it up on my website because of technical difficulties, me. But you can find in on FB under Mackie Redd horsemanship.
So let's talk about types of hobbles. What I recommend is if you are not sure you are up to the task of teaching your horse to stand in hobbles, find someone who is capable and you trust. A friend, a trainer or, try reading all you can about hobbles and see if you can learn the skill yourself.
Just a heads up. Most horses will fight the hobbles the first time they are put in them. They will stumble and some will even fall to their front knees trying to figure them out. If you think that could happen, wrap your horse's front knees with polo wraps. You can also use splint boots, if you have them. Just put them on upside down on the horses knees and they will work. Remember we're not trying to hurt the horse we are trying to teach him to stand still.
Now, back to types of hobbles. I have several types around the barn that I use on my horse. The first set, which I will get you a picture of soon, is a very sturdy pair I had made. They are two pieces of leather with a nylon webbing sandwiched in between the leather. They horse will never break them. The last thing you want Is for the horse to get out of the hobbles the first time you use them. If he does, he will fight even harder the second time to get out of them, cause he got out of them the first time. So make sure the first time you hobble your horse they are very strong hobbles. They are pricy but if you are going to work with a lot of horse, worth the investment.
Where can you get hobbles? You will probably have to have the hobbles I'm using by your local saddle maker. If you don't have a saddle maker in your neighborhood, ask around. You can find hobbles online if you know what your looking for. Makes sure they are strong, that's the key.
People are often worried about the horse burning his hocks with hobbles. Let's talk about that tomorrow
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.