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North Highlands Community Museum

Hobble


Accession number: 2013.4.173
Object type: Harness
Object subtype: Race Horse
Date: before 1979
Materials: Leather, Metal
Measurements: 164 cm L x 11.5 cm W
Marks/Label: "WW1115" is inscribed on inside.
Narrative: These hobbles were used by John Morrison at his home in Middle Ridge, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Description: "WW1115" inscribed on inside of harness.
History of Use: A hobble is a device that prevents or limits the locomotion of an animal by tethering one or more legs. Hobbles are most commonly used on horses.
hopples (sometimes called hobbles) are a piece of equipment used by pacers to help the horse maintain its pacing gait.