ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: hobbles

Re: hobbles

Bonnie Snodgrass (snodgrab@ncr.disa.mil)
Fri, 07 Feb 97 07:13:49 EST

Yeah, I used to use hobbles quite a bit. When I used to ride my Paint
up in the Wallowa Mtns I took along my hobbles and a lunch. When I was
ready for a break I'd hobble him and pull the tack off. Years later
out of necessity I had to stick him in a cattle pasture that had a
new, tight, 4 strand barbed wire fence around it. I pulled up late in
the day and the field owner told me my horse had been standing in the
same spot all day. I walked up the fence line to find him standing
with his chest against the fence and both front legs woven down thru a
couple strands of wire. He'd patiently waited to be rescued. I had to
cut the fence to get him out and found he didn't have a scratch on
him. Lady luck was shining on us that day. (Yes, he got moved the next

From several other instances thru the years I had him he showed that
he didn't panic over anything entangling his legs. I would guess it
had a lot to do with the hobbles. On the other hand, I did use them on
several young Apps that I worked for a rancher. One 2 yr old out of 6
horses took one small step after being hobbled, sniffed the hobbles
then left at a gallop. Yes, they can do it if they're clever.

Bonnie Snodgrass

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Subject: hobbles
Author: ridecamp@endurance.net at smtp
Date: 2/6/97 9:01 PM

While reading all the posts about falling off and sacking out, I
thought I would share with you a technique I use, hobbles. I teach
every horse we have to hobble with the thought that someday it may
save his life. If a horse catches a leg in a fence / hole / rein /
anything, I don't want them to panic. Amazing how easy they adapt to
hobbles, grazing within a minute or two with no big deal. I proved
this technique finally when my aged Arab got into some box wire that
was buried under a new trail we had cut. He simply stopped, looked
down at his leg, back up at me and stood there.
John and Sue Greenall

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