Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What are hock hobbles?

Ugh. Hock hobbles are a training device sometimes used in western pleasure that connect the horses hocks to their mouth so they get pulled with each step. It "encourages a low head."

(You know I don't go ugh about something unless I really have a problem with it).

I couldn't find a usable picture, so I'm going to link this page, which has a graphic of how they're used: They're sometimes confused with breeding hobbles, which also attach to the hocks, and are used to make absolutely sure the mare doesn't kick the stallion and injure him.

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