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    Hobbles

    Are hobbles any good to stop a cow kicking?

    Trying to milk a cow to get a calf a suck from her.

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    Re: Hobbles

    The problem is you've got to put them on and off ? have you tried a rope around her body just in front of the udder and over her back , tighten to apply pressure , the original Kick Bar !

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    Re: Hobbles

    You need a second person ideally, but pushing her tail straight up almost over her back will make it hard to kick (much )

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    Re: Hobbles

    Quote Originally Posted by cheviot 53 View Post
    The problem is you've got to put them on and off ? have you tried a rope around her body just in front of the udder and over her back , tighten to apply pressure , the original Kick Bar !

    would a rope or flat strap work best?

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    Re: Hobbles

    only ever used a rope not sure a flat strap would apply enough pressure or are you thinking of using a ratchet aswell

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    Re: Hobbles

    it was more sore it didnt cut into the cow.

    where does the pressure need to apply for it to work, is it to pull the cows under up?

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    Re: Hobbles

    Usually just lifted the tail but when milking cows alone I would use a rope wrapped in a figure of eight above the hocks. Make sure it is a quick release fastening.

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    Re: Hobbles

    You are applying pressure to the spine which is what happens when you lift the tail up , the rope won't make her sore as it will only be on while you milk her . if you have a dairy farmer near ask if he has a kick bar

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    Re: Hobbles

    Quote Originally Posted by Barney View Post
    when milking cows alone I would use a rope wrapped in a figure of eight above the hocks. Make sure it is a quick release fastening.
    Whatever happened to kicking straps, could buy them until about 5 years ago, did what your rope dose, still using a couple, will have to get some made when these break

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