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[RC] teaching to hobble (step one) - Jonni Jewell

The first thing I do to hobble break a horse is teach a horse to handle
ropes (soft cotton) all around the legs. Rub them, wrap them, tap them...get
them used to a rope near legs. Then, I loop rope behind leg, and pull on it,
to have the horse give to the rope. If it goes well, I will make a cotton
rope with a loop end, so I can loop rope around a leg (like a lariat, but
will loosen the loop if needed) and do more work on the horse giving to the
rope, and lifting legs with the rope. (good way to teach horses to pick up
feet without you bending over) Eventually, I will actually lead the horse by
a leg rope in a small area, such as corral, stall, or smaller round pen. I
do this with front and rear legs. Before ever moving on to hobbles, I will
make sure they respect a rope around a leg, do not fight against it, and
trust ME to give to my pressure with the rope. This training is very useful
for all horses, as they will often not fight against wire if caught, or the
bramble vines we have in Texas that can wrap around a leg. If they learn to
give to pressure, they will usually stand while tangled in something and
wait to be rescued...and not panic.


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