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Aug.‘ 2, 1938.
W. J. HEIMER
2,125,500
HOBBLE
Filed Aug. 16, 1957
ATTORNEY‘
Patented Aug. 2, 1938
2,125,500
U-NiT-ED STATES
PATENT‘ ()FFICE '
2,125,500
~HOBBLE
Warren .1. Heimer, Denver, 0010.
Application August 16, 1937, Serial No. ‘159,284
4 Claims.
(01. 119-428)
This invention relates to improvements in hob
bles and relates more particularly to that type of
hobble employed with milk cows to prevent kick
ing while being milked.
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It is frequently necessary to hobble young cows,
and sometimes old ones, to keep them from kick
ing. This is especially true‘when the cows are be
ing trained to be milked by machines.
It has long been customary to apply to cows
anti-kicking hobbles comprising two open hooks
attached to each other by a rope, chain or strap,
which are also frequently provided with means
for adjusting the distance between the hooks.
It frequently happens that when the hobbles
:15 are ?rst applied to cows, they become frantic
when they discover that they are hobbled, and
in their efforts to dislodge the hobbles, they often
'tear the skin or make themselves sore by the
, rubbing and cha?ng action of the chains, ropes
or straps.
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Figure 2 is a View showing the hobbles as they
would appear if viewed through plane 2—2 Fig.1;
Figure 3 is a plan view of the hobble showing
the same extended and asit would appear if lying
on a ?at surface; and
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Figure 4 is a view of a portion of the hobble, to‘
a somewhat larger scale. >
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The hobble consists of two hooks 5 of such size
and shape that they will ?t about the tendon
above the hooks. The‘ hooks have been shown '10
as made from metal, such as steel, but may be
made from round metal bars if desired. The out
side ends 6 of the hooks are longer than the inner
ends and have attached to them, preferably by
means of rivets ‘I, leather flaps 8., The ?aps are! 15
shaped in the'mannrer shown in Figs. 3 and‘ 4
and may be described in a general way as spatu
lated. It will be seen from Figs. 3 and 4 that the
?aps Widen in a symmetrical manner outwardly
from the place where they are fastened to the 20
hooks. In the actual hobble the flaps measure
Even after the cow has been trained so that
she will no longer ?ght the hobble, her legs are about 7 inches in length and about 31/2 inches in
frequently irritated due to the cha?ng action of width at their widest portions. The size can, of
course, be varied within reasonable limits.
the chains, ropes or straps, as they are moved
Attached to the outside of each ?ap at its 25
over the skin due to the frequent but slight move
ment of the 'legs that almost invariably takes place , Widest portions is a strap 9 that is secured at its
ends to the flaps and is referred to herein and in
when the cow is being milked.
It is the principal object of this invention to the claims as loops.
Secured at one end to one of the flaps is a strap
produce a hobble of such construction and design
ID. The means employed for attaching the strap 30
30 that it will afford protection against irritation or
II] to the ?ap comprises a metal D having a
cha?ng or other injury due to the action of the
straight side II and a convex side I2. The
strap which connects the two hooks.
This invention, briefly described, comprises two straight side II is enclosed by a loop I3 that is
metal hooks, of such shape and design that they secured to the flap by means of a rivet I4, or
will fit over the tendon above the hook, each by any other or additional means. One end of 35
having attached to it a piece of leather, or other strap l0 encloses the curved side I2 and is perma
similar material, of such length that when the nently attached to the D ring by means of a
hooks are in position the leather flaps will extend rivet I 5 and in addition by stitching if desired.
’ to the front of the legs and preferably extend a
410 short distance across the same. Each leather
flap is provided on the outside with an elongated
loop extending entirely across the wide free end.
A leather strap is secured to each flap and passes
through the loop in such a way that it can slide
” along the outer surfaces of the ?aps to the extent
permitted by the loops, the function of the flaps
being primarily to protect the cow’s legs from
the rubbing action of the straps.
‘Having thus brie?y described the invention, it
50 will now be described in detail and for this pur
pose reference will be had to the accompanying
drawing in which the invention has been illus
trated in its preferred form and in which:
Figure 1 is a view showing the position occupied
55 by the hobble when in place on a cow’s legs;
The strap I0 passes through the guide slot or
loop formed by strap 9 and can be moved trans 40
versely of the flap between the extreme positions
indicated by the dot and dash lines. The other
end of strap I0 is provided with a number of
openings I6 and passes through the loop on the
other ?ap. Attached to the other flap, the one 45
to the left in Fig. 3, is a buckle l1 and a guide
loop Ill. The buckle and guide loop are secured to
the flap by means of a leather bight I9. The
buckle has the usual tongue 20 that cooperates
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with the holes I6.
The hobble is attached to the cow in the man
ner shown in Fig. 1 and can be adjusted in length
by means of the strap I0 and the buckle.
An inspection of Figs. 1 and 2 shows that the
strap I0 is separated from the cow’s body by the 55
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?aps 8 and as a result it may slide transversely‘
of the flaps between the limiting positions, indi
cated by broken lines in Fig. 4, without danger
of cha?ng and irritating the skin.
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of the ?aps.
In case the cow should struggle to free herself
are used and contact directly with the skin of the
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jI‘he feature of novelty in this case. resides in
the protective elements- or ?aps 8, and
the
manner in which the strap I0 is secured to the
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?aps and guided in its transverse movementsfb‘y;
the loop straps l0.
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3. A hobble of the type in which two hooks are
engaged about the tendons of a cow’s hind leg
from the hobble, she cannot get injured, as she
nearly always is, where straps, ropes or chains
cow.
straps, whereby the latter may stride transversely
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and connected by a tension member passing in
front of, the legs, comprising a leather ?ap at
tached to the outside end of each hook and of
*sufficient length to extend to the front of the
;leg and curve inwardly, the ?aps being 'wider at
*their outer ends than at the ends attached to the" 10
hooks, a strap, means for attaching'thestrap to
both ?aps, at points spaced some distance from
; the free ends of the flaps, the attaching means
permitting the 'strap toslide transversely of the
Having described the invention what is claimed " flaps and to turn about the attaching means as 15
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as new is:_
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a pivot; and each ?ap having a guide strap at
1. An article of manufacture comprising ‘a tached at its ends to the flap and passing over
metal hook, for use in a cow- hobble andad'ap'ted it'he'?rst mentioned strap, whereby a guide loop
V to engage with'the rear leg tendon directly above
20 the hook, and a spatula shaped leather ?ap at
> tached at its narrow end to one end of the hook
and provided, on its outside witha strap extend
ing crossways thereof and secured theretopat. its
ends to form a guide loop;
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2. A hobble of; the type employed to prevent
cows'from kicking and-which employs two inter
connected hooks jfor engaging the; tendons above
the‘hocks, comprising an i-rri-tation'preventing
leather ?'ap- attached toeone end of each hook
‘370 , and‘of su?icient length to extend along’ the out
side of the cow’s legs and inwardly across the
front‘ thereof, a strap.’ interconnecting the flaps,
and guide loops comprising» straps extending
transyerselyjof
attached at their‘ ends to‘ the
,35 ?aps-,- the guide loops thnsformed being olf'con
siderable greater length than the width, of the
:isformed, which is of greater length than the
'wi'dth of the ?rst mentioned Fstrap so that it 20
may slide transversely of the'iflaps, the latter
serving'to protect the cow’s legs from being irri
tated'b-y-the movement'iaf the strap.
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4. In a hobble of the type inwwhich two hooks
are ,engagedabout the tendons of a cow’s
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leg and connected by a tension member passing
in, fron't‘cf the legs, said tension member conf
prising' a leather ?ap attached to the otitside end
of each hook and of su?icient length to extend to
the front of the leg and curveTinwardly, a strap ,30
attached to both ?aps at a point spaced some
distance from the free ends of the ?aps, and a
second strap secured at its ends to each ?ap
‘and passing ‘over the ?rstrnamed- strap, whereby
va guide loop ieformed:
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WARREN J. HEIMER;
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