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    08-18-2010, 11:31 PM
Halter issue

Hello there. As some of you know, I am soon going to be the proud owner of a family friend's little mustang mare, Belle. I can't get her yet, due to me being laid off last year and having trouble finding a job, but I make visits to see her when I can (sparse gas money + five hour drive = few visits, sadly)
Among other issues with her care, Belle is always constantly in a halter. She is never ridden unless I am working her in a headstall, and that halter never. Comes. Off. I am going to see her tomorrow, and I want to somehow get the halter off of her for at least a little while to give her hairless patches of skin a break, and hopefully they'll be too lazy to put it back on. But how do I go about doing this without offending our dear friends? I would appreciate any input you may have on this. I have another thread about Belle with more details about her care, but I'll add that in another post.
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    08-18-2010, 11:39 PM
Critique on Belle?

That would be her critique board, but its filled with info.
    08-18-2010, 11:40 PM
Have you asked them why she wears a halter all the time? Is she difficult to catch or is it just easier for them? If she is difficult to catch, you might want to leave it on otherwise you might anger someone. If it is just laziness...I would either ask them to take it off, or take it off and say that you forgot to put it back on.

A slightly more devious plan is take it off and toss it in the field where she can't get to it. They will think that she took it off herself.
    08-18-2010, 11:45 PM
Her pen is about the size of a bedroom. She's not a big challenge to catch, but she might just be that way for me. I've never seen how she is to catch when I'm not around... obviously ;)
I am too shy to ask them to take it off of her, though. Which is why I'm leaning towards the other option, taking it off and forgetting to put it back on.
    08-18-2010, 11:47 PM
Poor girl...I read your other post...how long til she comes home?
    08-18-2010, 11:52 PM
I am growing desperate for a job and have applied in various places. I have EVERYTHING set up for her to come home, but the income. So, once I get a job I can get her here. I have the money to cover her needs for about a month or two, so I could get her up here the second I'm employed. :)
    08-19-2010, 04:10 AM
Originally Posted by ShinaKonga    
Her pen is about the size of a bedroom.
I'm gathering you mean she doesn't get regular turnout & is kept in there permanently?? Is this not classed as abuse?? I'd be inclined to report your friends to the RSPCA or relevant authorities! She's a horse, for crying out loud!
    08-19-2010, 11:40 AM
I know, loosie, and you are correct. But I am reluctant to report them- they are close family friends and I don't wish any trouble on them, even if the situation angers me and is obviously unhealthy for the poor mare. Call me horribly loyal :/ The most I feel I can do is get myself employed and get Belle home as soon as I possibly can. Its a difficult situation for me to judge, and they are simply ignorant instead of cruel, but also proud and would be unwilling to take my advice.
    08-19-2010, 11:44 AM
Have you put any money down on her ?
If so then her well being is part of your say!
Don't be scared to speak up specially if something is harming her .
I am a very quiet person but if I see something being done to my horse that I don't appreciate I will deffiantely speak my mind . It doesnt make you rude to speak up you are just looking out for the horse :)
    08-19-2010, 11:52 AM
I'd just take if off, and if they ask why tell them because she's getting sores and you didnt think they'd mind if she had a little break from it. I really dont' think its a big deal.

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