Three Way Hobbling
is a simple way to keep your horse from walking off while his
front feet are hobbled. It is also a good way to secure your
horse in country where there are no trees to tie to. This technique
can be useful to help "soften" your horse's back feet for the
horseshoer. This arrangement is called sidelining by some
You can have a special set of hobbles
made like those shown to the right, or make you own like this:
Cut a piece
of soft rope 9 feet long for the "sideline." Tie a non-slip
knot to form a loop (like a honda) that you can double the loose
end of the rope through. Attach the rope around a back
foot pastern, just above the hoof, by drawing the loose end
of the rope through the honda loop and pulling up the slack.
Draw the back foot forward and up with the sideline rope.
Attach the front loose end of your sideline rope to the hobbled
front foot on the opposite side of the horse. Your horse
is now safely restrained from hopping off wearing the front
a horse should be hobble trained before you attempt
to keep the sideline rope handy, I attach it behind the cantle
of my saddle. Two rings have been attached on either side
of the cantle, under the rear saddle string conchos, to secure
the sideline rope and a piggin'
string. A snap is also attached here below the ring
where a quirt may be attached. Long saddle strings can
also be placed through these rings to keep them out of the way
when the strings are not in use.
Be sure to untie your sideline rope knots before
attaching the rope through the saddle rings so that you
only have loose ends hanging off your saddle. That
will keep you from hanging up a spur or foot when mounting
Hard-to-shoe horse sidelined for the shoers.