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Before I talk about this subject, you should watch this video of shocking cruelty to a Donkey in Crete. This is nothing to do with the hobble training of horses and you should never use such equipment.
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Up until about 15 years ago, the words, hobbles, leg strap or collar rope were totally accepted by the Horse fraternity. They were also accepted as a training aid. However, with the advance of Natural Horsemanship that has swept across the world and such things as Monty Roberts description of his father's cruelty, the acceptance of leg restraints as an aid to horse training has waned tremendously.
I am a horseman that historically used restraints on horses and still do. I also completely accepted the Natural Horsemanship way of doing things but have observed over the last few years that some of the old time techniques and the horsemen that go with the territory have been more and more alienated by the religious fervor of the NH lobby. This article seeks to move a little closer to a level playing field and examines things as I see them. Lets just put the NH argument as being, that all forms of restraints on horses is unacceptable and bordering on the barbaric.
During the last 15 years, I have had more and more horses come to me because the farrier is having trouble shoeing them. I have put this down to the NH Breakers and as I have studied these horses I can categorically say that NH horses are never as good to shoe as the horse broken in to accept leg restraints. One major reason is this. If a horse has not been taught to stand and balance on three legs, it can never be a good one to shoe as it uses the farrier as the fourth leg. A lot of farriers' drop those horses and the horse starts to quickly learn that it can pull the leg away. There and then you have the start of the un-training of the good shoeing horse. The horse that has a struggle in the breaking in process with a leg restraint is the only horse that truly believes that the farrier is all powerful and there is never any point in testing him. This makes for the best shoeing horses.
Firstly, I must give a list of my honest observations of my use of leg restraints on horses over the years:
So lets examine the crux of the argument between NH and leg restrains. I would suggest that an NH person would say that they do not allow the principals of 'reward and relief' and 'advance and retreat'. That all possibility of the handler having the opportunity to release pressure for a give is taken away and that leg restrains just dominate or shut down a horse instead. Fair enough.
In answer to that I say this. Firstly, I have never met a psychologically damaged recipient of leg restraint training. I have never seen a horse get upset at the point of installation or upset in any manner whatsoever. Secondly, I believe that if you allow a horse to work it's way around problems itself, the horse decides when to take reward and relief on it's own terms and with far superior timing than any handler can achieve. Not only that but the message intended in the training can be grasped far quicker and easier by the horse, on it's own than with our interference as we try to be all sophisticated with our 'throw of the loop in the rope' Further, the horse understands totally and immediately why and how. No confusion because of the inadequacies of the handler, especially when they are amateur's. Some case studies then:
So make your own minds up but I do hope that this article has allowed you to take a look at the other side of the coin.
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These do not
go around the pasterns but the straps are done up tight over the tope of
protective boots, half way up the back cannon bones as in the photo. Once
again, observe the rules above.
This is a
total 'non event' to all horses. Leave it on for 5 minutes and
occasionally make the horse walk around a few steps on 3 legs. Be on the
end of the rope!!!!! When the horse has settled, get the rasp or hammer
and tap the hoof to make the horse test the strap. It needs to. The more
the better. This is what fixes the bad shoeing horses quick smart.
There are some dangers here!!!!
Pulling a back leg up a little rather than a lot is dangerous. Using rope around the leg of a horse is incompetent and fails to protect the horse. Rope burns.
Incidentally, the photo on this page has the horse tied low. That is low.
Do as I say, not as I do
No, the fact is
there that this horse is into about the 4th day and it is not an issue and
there will be no kick anyhow. It has given totally.
THE MAGIC KNOT
can show the speed of this, the action and the sliding.
just not an issue to any horse but when installed, you should only let the
horse rock forward one step, just so it knows that it has them on and is
restrained. They ignore them basically. Then, never let the horse move
again with them. They must be supervised at all times, only so that they
never learn that they can move with them on. They are for other uses such
as, saddling up a fiddler, etc.
This is as dangerous as
hell to train and no amateur should attempt it.! Reasons for it's use
are rare. Don't attempt it.
I am proud of this invention. It has saved dozens of young horses from being hung up over the top of the chest bar in a horse float as that is what almost all young ones attempt to do if traveled alone for the first time. I had it this week with an 18 month old young one. They go to jump, they cannot, they give, they are saved.
Use a soft cotton rope. Tie it solid on one side of the chest bar, put it over the neck, just in front of the whither, take up all slack and tie it off solid the other side of the horse on the chest bar. Not forcing the horse, just sitting there with no slack.
The most wonderful thing that I have used.
Here is a letter that talks about the wish that this horse had been hobble trained.
"I recently had the unfortunate experience of finding out just how important hobble training of horses really is after my Appy gelding got stuck in a cattle grid. I am now a firm believer that if my horse was never hobbled trained, he would have just thrashed himself to death with broken bones and I would have been responsible. I have posted a warning to others on Stockyard web site about how cattle grids & horses don't mix. Go here to read about my life changing experience"
Hers is the story in full:
and the photo's:
Introducing any of this equipment requires proper products.
There are a number of very important reasons behind my designs and testing. The Saddle shops are now supplying a lot of dangerous and substandard equipment.
Here is some proof:
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Go here for photo's of quality product.
Due to the inherent dangers involved in the use of any form of leg restraints, I have produced a DVD on the subject. I do not recommend that people should attempt any of it without the proper education and knowledge.
One of our unbroken 2 year olds thinking she is stuck with a thin 19mm dripper hose around a leg. She would stay all day if asked. She has since been saved when caught in a hay net tied too low by a staff member.