1 1/4″ Hobble #H11
Description: This figure 8 hobble is made of 1 1/4 inch doubled and stitched burgundy latigo leather. The buckle is a stainless steel square top roller buckle and the rings are made of stainless steel rod. When unbuckled it’s 48 inches long with a strap that holds the rings at a 4 inch length between the legs. This is a great size hobble for almost every size horse. It’s also a perfect hobble to teach your colt or horse to hobble. The latigo leather is strong but soft and will not chafe a horse’s legs. This stout hobble can be easily carried on your saddle rear D. It’s built to last for years. The leather has been hand edged, rubbed, oiled, rubbed with saddle soap and waxed. It’s a really good feeling hobble.
How it works: Figure 8 hobbles (which is the shape the hobble makes when it’s on a horse’s legs) work well for hobble training. This hobble has a little extra tail length which is a plus when hobble breaking a horse. If you have a colt that is squirming during its first training session, you can buckle the hobble a little longer and gradually tighten it as the colt settles down. Hobbles are a very good tool for teaching patience, trust in the handler, and yielding to pressure so the release is received. Many a horse has been saved from severe injury when caught in wire because it was hobble trained. A horseman teaches his horse to accept hobbles and sidelines so she/he won’t ever have to tie or ground tie a horse and take a chance on him ruining his tender mouth with a jerk from a stepped on or tied rein. Investing in hobbles and their training can have a big pay-back. Hobbles and sidelines have a quieting effect on the horse’s mind.
To put a set of hobbles on:
1. Starting with the right front leg, wrap the end of the hobble strap clockwise around the leg and lace it through the first metal ring.
2. Lace the strap through the second ring.
3. Run the strap behind the left front leg.
4. Buckle the strap.
The first time you use the hobbles on your colt or horse, or while training the horse to accept hobbles, use a wide open sandy area. Do not put hobbles on in a confined space until they accept them easily and well. If you are not familiar with the use of hobbles seek help from a professional who is experienced with their use.