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The Art of the Hobble: benefits of an ancient tool.

Hobbles on a horse have likely been used in some form since humans first began domesticating horses, some 6000 years ago, and we can first see evidence of such leg restraints in Egyptian hieroglyphs, a civilization which unified in 3100 B.C.  The basic premise of hobbles is that they limit the mobility of the horse, thus taking away the horse’s greatest defensive tactic; flight. (as in fight or flight; horses can’t actually fly, although I’ve been on a few on a cold morning that certainly made me fly). With the horse’s mobility limited, they prove easier to handle, saddle, mount, and as a result hobbles were, and often remain a staple in many folk’s colt-starting programs. Certainly in North America on...

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