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[RC] neck collars - Linda B. Merims

Andrea Day said:
>...It's a good idea to teach a horse to hobble
>anyway--gets'em to stand still when saddling,
>mounting, etc. and you can go back to remedial
>training and put the hobbles on if you're
>having trouble saddling an excited, squirming
>horse at a ride. If you ever hobble train,
>you'll be a believer...
Now that's an intriguing idea.  I'd already
decided I was going to have to train my mare
to hobble, because she paws endlessly when
tied to a trailer.  (One of my nicknames
for her is "Backhoe.")
She also walks off on me when I'm mounting.
I'd never thought that the hobbles could be
used to tackle this, too.
I'll be sure to train her well, though, before
trying the mounting idea.  Wouldn't want her
panicking with me on her back, her hobbled,
and no way to get the hobbles off!
Linda B. Merims
Massachusetts, USA