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post #1 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Preventing Halter Rubbing

Hello all. I had a question because it seems as though lately my colt's nylon halter may be rubbing his face just a bit, and I fear that if it continues much longer he'll end up with thinner patches of hair on his face.

So I'm wondering, will a well fitted leather halter prevent this from happening? It makes sense in my brain that the leather would be gentler and less likely to rub, but before I go out and buy one I wanted to make sure that this is true.
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 12:53 PM
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I'm no expert on this since my horse hasn't experienced anything like this but I do remember a horse at the barn that had horrible sores from wearing a leather halter then they switched to nylon. But this horse has a horrible immune system & gets hurt a lot so I'm not quite sure..

Where is it rubbing? If its rubbing on the nose, maybe they make those fluffy noseband covers for foals?? Not sure but you could probably make some from fleece yourself.

Sorry if this was no help to you..hopefully someone has a better answer, good luck!

EDIT: rope halters?
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 01:30 PM
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I prefer leather halters, they are the only kind I use. I think that if they fit well and are regularly cleaned and conditioned they are less likely to rub than other types of halters once they are oiled/conditioned and broken in. It might still rub him until it has softened up with regular cleaning and conditioning and has broken in though.

You can also get sheepskin covers for noseband, crown and cheekpieces, these may help out, depending on where your horse is getting rubbed.
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-14-2012, 10:03 PM
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Is the horse wearing the halter all the time? I have never had an issue with rubbing when horses wear the halter only for work, have only seen rubbing as an issue when they are left on 24/7.
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Halter needs to be removed, if it is left on. Or buy several and change out every couple of days and wash the old ones. Nylon will get stiff and rub badly.

And if wearing 24/7? You don't need to use nylon anyway, but buy a breakaway, as a nylon halter can get a horse killed pretty quickly if they get hung up.

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The same thing happened to my horse so I sewed on fake sheep skin to my horse's halter and they went away.
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We are having a rubbing issue with fly masks lately. I think it is because our horses are shedding out so fast, coupled with the unusually high temperatures. Aside from that I have never really had a problem with halter rubs. If it absolutely has to be on all of the time, maybe try some added padding.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-15-2012, 09:17 PM
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Simple - don't be lazy and take your colts halter off. There is no real reason why he should always have one on.
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Simple - don't be lazy and take your colts halter off. There is no real reason why he should always have one on.
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We had someone letting horses out in our neighborhood last fall. 90% of the horses were in halters 24/7 because of this.

Sometimes leaving a halter on 24/7 isn't laziness, it's doing what you have to while having a full life and slowly training for standing to be haltered. Rascal has his on 24/7 right now because I work 2 jobs, have other animals, do all the yard work and house keeping. I am not lazy. He's being retrained to come and be haltered. It's slow going sometimes though.

No one knows what the OP's life is like. We all have different methods, and IMHO it is wrong to bash someone and call them lazy from a simple post asking for help on how to prevent injury/trauma from a halter.

FYI I am not bashing on you either, just voicing an opinion about a situation I also know nothing about except my own experiences.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-15-2012, 10:41 PM
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I'm guessing the horse is itchy from the shedding or maybe there is dirt/sweat on the halter that is itchy too?

For both of those, more grooming and clean the halter.

Personally I find my horse does better in leather and it's much easier to take care of and it can be broken (though we just use it to and from the pasture)

It could be his coat is dry and needs something added to his diet. It could be bugs biting at his face and he itches his face and thus gets halter rubs..

It really could be anything. If you want to invest in a leather halter, I recommend it. The halter could be too big or too small and cause rubs too.

Hopefully you figure it out!
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