What’s That? Explaining Hobbles

We’ve recently added a new item to our shop, but at first glance it’s hard to imagine what they might be used for.

206Hobbles have had several different uses since their origin in Ancient Egypt. The two loops of material (people have used metal, braided rope, and leather over the years) link a horse’s ankles together with some slack in between, limiting the animal’s range of motion. Some trail riders use these to allow horses or donkeys to free graze during a rest while preventing them from straying too far or too quickly. Some Western riders also use hobbles to desensitize horses to the feeling of equipment brushing around their ankles.

A different, more heavily-padded type of hobble is used in breeding sheds to keep mares from kicking valuable stallions.

These beta biothane hobbles are smooth on the surface but strong, making them a great option for keeping the tool in place without friction on the horses’ skin.

Pick up your own pair of hobbles here.

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Posted on March 21, 2015, in Helpful articles, New Products and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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