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Finally got pictures of the hobbles that I use here on the Ranch. The one on the far left is the one that I first use on a horse. They are very heavy duty and a horse will not break them or get out of them if, they are put on properly. The set second from the left, is another pair that are very strong but a bit softer. They are made of a single piece of leather and are the set that I usually keep on my saddle. That way if I am out and have to fix fence or, see a man about a horse, I can hobble my horse and be sure that he won’t wonder very far away.
The pair 3rd from the left is another heavy set of hobbles are very strong, much like the first set in this line up. The 4th set of hobbles in this picture are a set that Kathy and I picked up at the snaffle bit futurity in Oklahoma City several years ago. They are made of leather that goes around the horse’s hocks with parachute cord, which you can’t break, in between them. There is another piece that goes to this set. It allows you to hobble one back leg. Why would you want to do that you ask? If you have a horse that insist on running off when he is hobbled, some horse can and will do that, you can hobble a hind leg. This will teach the horse that he can move around a little, enough to graze, but he won’t be able to run off.
The last two sets of hobbles are rope hobbles. Once your horse is truly broke to hobbles you can use just about anything to hobble your horse. The one with the large button on the end you can find online and is a really good set. The one on the very far right is just a pigging string that most cowboys will have on their saddle in order to tie a cow down or tie a gate open or closed, depending on the need. It is something that a guy will just about always have and works great IF his horse is broke to hobbles.
So there ya go, everything you ever wanted to know about hobbles but we’re afraid to ask.
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