We have had horses for years but never hunted with horses until last year my horses have never been on a high line or been hobbled. Do they take to hobbles easy or is this something I need to work with them on?
Work with them, nothing worse than hobbling a horse in the woods an he blows up cause suddenly his front feet don't work right, high longing is best IMO, it's easier for horses to figure out cause it's almost like being tied to a rail, but run the lead rope up through the throat latch of the halter am it helps keep them from stepping over the lead rope, I've also found out using old cinches on the trees helps protect them and the forest service is much happier in Colorado if you do all you can to protect the forest, and leave it as you found it, spread manure spread the leftover hay, leave no trace. I used to highline horses on summer pack trips an never had many problems, and always when possible tie to pine, seen to many horses pull over aspens, if you have any more questions I'm always happy to help
If you get meat from the store then dont criticize me for having the courage to go out and kill my own meat
If you're going to teach your horse to stand hobbled I recommend you do it in a corral with plenty of soft sand. I use an old gunny sack as my hobbles and then work up to a soft braided rope hobble before graduating to a leather figure 8 hobble.
Some horses fight the hobbles the first time. I like to do it after a ride, when they are already tired, and I hobble them and pull the kack off.
Then I'll take them back to that same corral, with soft sand, to saddle them, hobbled, before riding out.
I prefer to hobble a horse over tying them. I only use a halter when I'm shoeing them, usually, or worming.