Hobble training has been extremely useful with various horses here. They wear the hobble and just STAND STILL. Not allowed to “fight it out” with the hobbles. They might lift a leg to paw, can’t lift it far. Try lifting the other leg, no, still can’t paw. They work it out in their head they just can’t leave over a period of time to make it solid training.
We want horse to calmly accept the restraint, just stay put when legs are not movable. It has come in handy with 3 horses who got caught in wire, waited quietly for help. A fourth horse got tangled in harness, went down in a Team of 4. All halted in a sliding stop, while I as groom hopped down to help her. No fight, no kicking, just laid still waiting. I pulled a couple straps back into place, driver backed up the Wheelers to get her off the evener. I grabbed the reins on her, said her name and pulled. She hopped up, stood while I checked harness again and drove off quietly when I said everything was in place! Amazing horse, training worked when needed! Had to fend off the “helpful audience” while she was down. I yelled at some, who wanted to cut her out of the harness even though there were quick release snaps!!
Hobble training is a much ignored step in training, but SO useful as a tool to the horse his whole life. Ours are bred with a high quantity of TB blood, still can learn to be accepting of restraint. All the equines caught in wire (fighting over a single dividing fence, one broken wire on the ground) healed cleanly, minimal or no scarring (because they did not fight the wire holding them), went back to being sound, hard workers, winners in competition.