Zeb's first hobbles.
I’m often asked: Will hobbles hurt my horse? The answer is probably not. I say “probably not” cause there are no grantees when it comes to horses. Having said that, I have never, in the countless horses I have started in hobbles, ever had a horse hurt himself anymore then a scratched knee. Some are often worried about the horse getting his hocks burned from the hobbles if and when he tries to fight them. I have had horses get burned on their hock in the pasts. Usually the reason is the hobbles that were used were to narrow.
The best hobbles to use, when starting out, are a pair that won’t break and are wide where they touch the horse on the hocks. Truth be told, no matter what they are made of, if a horse fights the hobbles for any length of time, chances are he is going to cause a burn. Now there are some out there that are not willing to train their horses to hobbles because they don’t want to take the chance of that happening. And that is surely their choice. But, to folks that feel that way you may want to take a few minutes and ask yourself. What would be better, to have my horse get an abrasion on his hock or lose his foot in barbed wire? The answer seems simple, but you would be surprised how many folks will not teach their horse to stand in hobbles because of it. I could go on and on but you will have to decide for yourself.
Once your horse can stand in hobbles, the big ones, you can move him to a smaller and smaller pair that are easier to carry in your saddle bags or pocket. My horse, Car, will stand tied in shoe laces if that’s all I have around.
Remember that hobbles are designed to make your life simpler and safer for the horse down the road. It does not take long to teach but for some they may want to get someone to do it for them or at the very least, help them.
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