Items

Forums
Hobbling and Ground Tying
 By Winniefield Park   •   9th Jan 2019   •   560 views   •   0 comments


Preventing a horse from wandering when there are no fences usually means tying it up somehow. When you think of tying a horse up, you usually picture a horse wearing a halter with a rope snapped to it that is then attached to... something. Ideally, this something is solid that the horse canít move or hurt itself on. And the rope is attached in a way that if the horse should suddenly pull back, it wonít hurt itself. Usually we use quick release knots or quick release snaps. And of course, what we tie to shouldnít be too flimsy, such as a lawn chair, trailer with no truck attached or blocked wheels, or anything else that could be turned into a projectile, large or small, if the horse decides itís time to leave.

But there are other ways to secure horses. Tethering, picketing and ground tying are methods to keep a horse from wandering. But they are likely to cause raised eyebrows depending on where you are when you use them. For some people, this is just everyday stuff. Others will be horrified at the methods used to teach a horse to be tethered, picketed, hobbled or ground tied.

Picketing a horse involves tying a rope between two solid objects like two trees, or a tree and a well anchored horse trailer or a building, and tying the horse to that rope. This allows the horse a little more freedom to move around than tying them as we normally would. More than one horse can be tied to a picket line.

Tethering is tying a horse on a long line. The line lies on the ground and is tied off to something; often a stake made for the purpose. The horse is free to move around as far as the rope will allow. The rope may be tied to a neck collar, halter or around a fetlock.

Ground tying is leaving the horse with the reins dangling on the ground. The horse is taught that when the reins are down, it must not move. Of course, the horse is free to run if it does get frightened, but could certainly hurt itself by stepping on or tangling in the dangling reins.

Hobbling uses a rope, strap or chain that goes around each front fetlock, canon or foreleg in the front or back. The horse may be able to walk in very short steps. This allows the horse to wander to graze a bit, but not go any great distance. The hobbles may or not be attached to a tether line.

Most of us would think that these methods are archaic and rarely used anymore. However, all methods are still used in certain circumstances or parts of the world. All of these methods are most often used by people who use their horses outside the show ring such as those who work cattle, do any sort of trail riding or travel by horseback or horse-drawn vehicle. For example, hobbles are used by those working cattle when the rider must dismount to work and no trees or posts are handy to tie to.

Tethering, picketing, hobbling and ground tying have critics. Recently, police in Spain cracked down on the practice of hobbling, citing it as dangerous and inhumane to horses and donkeys. As we know, any horse, no matter how well trained or how it is secured can panic and injure itself or those around it.

Just like teaching a horse to stand tied, all of these methods require training so they are as effective and safe as possible. And, of course, some people will not want to use any of these methods because they feel itís unsafe for both horse and handler.

What do you think of securing horses using one of these methods? Have you tried hobbling, picketing, tethering or ground tying?
Horse News More In This Category:  General      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 More News by Winniefield Park
Horse That Survived Kentucky Horse Shooting Foals Healthy Pinto
3rd Jul 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
You might remember a story from early last winter about twenty horses in Eastern Kentucky that were shot and killed. The few survivors were taken to Kentucky Humane Societyís Willow Hope Farm to regain their health and eventually ...
Stop Petting Wild Horses
29th Jun 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Beach-goers to the Outer Banks are being asked to stay clear of the wild horses that live there after a photo of a woman appearing to pat a wild horse has surfaced. This is not an isolated incident as tourists visit the well known ...
Funny Horse Fruit Taste Test
28th Jun 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Some horses eat anything and will eat everything from anchovies to zucchini. And some are extremely picky and act like youíve poisoned them if you put anything but hay and grain in front of their noses. Have you ever tried a taste ...
Jim Gaffigan Horse Comedy
27th Jun 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Jim Gaffigan pokes fun at the Triple Crown, from the costumes and pageantry, to owners, jockeys and trainers. He then takes a humorous trek through the horse world, exploring horse breeds, horse people, horseshoes, riding and the ...
Top Five PonyBox Horses for First Half of 2020
22nd Jun 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We are halfway through 2020 and so far itís been quite a year. IRL, there has been a lot going on. But on Ponybox, records continue to be broken and new horses are vying for the top rank and highest jumps. Horses tend to go throug ...
Horse Rescue Races to Save Ponies For Auction Due to COVID-19
21st Jun 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Covid-19 is taking its toll on so many businesses and individuals. One rescue stable in British Columbia, Canada, fears that they are running out of time to save 30 horses and ponies, many of which could be sent to slaughter. The ...
Horses Making Your Day on TikTok
20th Jun 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We need a distraction from all the bad news, so how about some filters, music, video editing and horses. ...
RSS Another Level PonyBox Horse Champion Profile
19th Jun 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Chestnut mares have a reputation for being cantankerous but tough. RSS Another Level is a 13 year old chestnut mare owned by RavenSide Stud TBS. Foaled on May 19, 2020 and starting out as a one year old, the 16.1 hh Another Level ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2020   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
216 Members Online 267,204 Registered Members 2,733 News Articles 11,611,389 Unique News Article Views 276,278,775 Website Views