Making a Saddle Horse Stand
Making a Saddle Horse Stand – How can I teach a horse to stand with the bridle reins down?
As I have broken a good many horses, making it a study and an art for ten years, maybe I can help you a little. But before we go farther, I want to say that I do not know it all – nor I guess no one else – when it comes to breaking horses, as each horse has a disposition of his own and you have to break him accordingly to get the best results. So if these few lines don’t help, let me know through our great helper, the H-T-T, and tell me his disposition and what you have tried on him, and maybe I can give you a few more details. Well, here goes; The first thing, never have your horse afraid of you, caused by such as jerking him by the bit or whipping him over the head, as this makes him turn his head away from you and the next impulse is for him to get away. I teach them to let me pick up their front feet the first thing when I get off so they are always looking for you to do this and don’t shy away. Don’t get in to big a hurry the first few times as you may frighten him and it will take a longer time to overcome this than to be careful at first. Next, I use a rawhide hobble that I always have handy as it answers very well for a quirt and is really better as it doesn’t cut or scar a bone that is a little stubborn, as a quirt will do; a quirt will almost always raise a lump if used a little too hard. These hobbles are homemade and any one that con procure a piece of rawhide, green or dried, can make one. Take a piece about 30 inches long by 1 ˝ inches wide, scrape the hair off with a piece of glass if dry; if green, it can be scraped or shaved off with a sharp knife. Roll up one end, lap the end over a flat about one inch and turn over flat again until you get about five thicknesses, than lay flat and take your knife and make a hole through the five thicknesses, then sharpen the other end and put through this hole and pull up tight; this makes a button on one end of your strap. The rawhide should be well soaked to do this. Then back from the end you have sharpened cut two slits in the strap like cut big enough for the button to pass through handy. When you have them on your horse you can handle his front legs. Put this on him. Bend the hobble around the off leg first and twist them together 2 or 3 twists, then bring them, one end on each side of the near leg just above the ankle and put the button in one or the other of the holes. If made right, no horse that I ever saw can break them. If you put them on your horse every time you leave him you will soon have a horse that will stand. If he gets to going a little with these, tie a short rope in between the hobbles-a rope that will drag four or five fees so he can step on it with his hind feet.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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