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Hello. My father-in-law had this (please see photos) in his living room for several years. He said it was used to tie a horse to out in the field. It is 7” in diameter and weighs about 10 pounds. Does anyone know the history on this item and if it has any value?

K.C. Fox says 2019-05-03 18:55:03 (CST)

Just one question what was the real name for them? I have one and don't know what to call it.

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NoraWI says 2019-05-05 15:47:01 (CST)

I doubt that a 10lb. weight would hold any but a very well trained horse. I have never had one that was trained to "ground tie" but I imagine that is what the horse would be and that little 10lb. weight could be used on it. Neat piece of history.

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K.C. Fox says 2019-05-06 19:12:17 (CST)

I have had probably 10-12 horses that would ground tie In my life most of them would still be within 40ft of where you left them. If they were not thirsty hungry or scared off. Ride a horse until he is tired every day for 1-3 weeks water him and a little feed most will stay for a while, as they get Hungry they will graze off some but not just leave the area. I did not say run him just ride him cover 35-60 miles every day. work cattle all the things that you do on a ranch.

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Alan Fry says 2019-05-07 08:00:00 (CST)

The item is commonly called a horse tether, horse anchor, or horse weight. They were usually used for buggies in the cities or where there were no hitching posts. Weighed from 20 to 30 pounds. You see them on Ebay from $40 to $100. Lots of old western movies show them being used. I saw one on Gunsmoke just a couple of days ago. You can also see them at flea markets and antique stores. Lots of different configurations. Buggy drivers would snap this weight to the bit with a long leather strap to keep their horse in place while they conducted business.

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grey says 2019-05-17 09:47:28 (CST)

Once upon a time we had a discussion about hitch weights and someone said that they were also called a "pester".

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