Hobbles allow you to graze your stock in the backcountry with a sense of security, either by picketing your horse with a single leg picket hobble or letting him graze loose with two-leg or three-leg hobbles. Also, many packers, trail riders and cowboys have a set of horse hobbles buckled to their saddle for use in those areas where tying your horse is not an option.
Outfitters Supply™ offers horse hobbles in two materials: nylon with neoprene and leather. Our picket hobble, two-leg hobbles and three-leg hobbles are available in heavy-duty, lightweight nylon with neoprene lining. Each horse hobble has a nickel plated buckle and a replaceable neoprene liner pad. The neoprene lining does not chafe and can be better for sensitive skinned horses and mules. They do not collect burrs or grass seeds which could cause irritation to your horse’s thin and sensitive leg skin.
Our harness leather picket hobble and harness leather and chain two-leg hobbles are lined with chap leather. We also offer latigo leather hobbles in a classic figure eight design. Leather offers strength and a traditional look.
If you have several animals to graze, it is recommended to picket the most dominate animal and hobble the rest. Two-leg horse hobbles are typically enough restraint for most horses and mules to keep them close by. However, if you own an animal that has learned how to “bunny hop” in two-leg hobbles, a pair of three-leg hobbles may be the answer.
Regardless of the material you choose for your horse hobbles, you should always check them often for dirt or any other irritants that could cause injury to your horse or mule before putting them on. Like all your tack, you should also check your hobbles for any damage that could weaken their effectiveness or make them dangerous.
Basic training of your horse to hobble. Before hobbling him in the backcountry, we recommend that you do some training at home with your horse. Hobbles are something that most horses take to quite easily, but there is always the exception. Russ, our company president, has some great tips for you to train your horse to hobbles.
Lastly, many packers and outfitters will often use horse bells with their stock while they are contained in camp. Whether picketed, hobbled or on a highline, a horse bell helps you keep track not only of your animal’s location, but also his contentment level.