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  • Dangers of leaving horse halters on

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    09-11-2007, 12:32 AM

How many of you keep your halters on your horses at all times? Found this tonight and it scared the heck out of me, abby's halter is hung on the side gate and only on her when needed... but this is scarry reading http://www.rockisland.com/~castalia/halters.html, it will make you think twice, I even keep a halter for our local sheriff dep in our garage just in he has to catch a horse on the road
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    09-11-2007, 12:40 AM
No I don't leave a halter on my horses!! Why do it?
    09-11-2007, 08:34 AM
I don't keep halter on my horses. It takes just 30 sec to put one on and I'm not THAT lazy as of yet. :)

The only exception I kept halter for month on my 1st youngster (the reason was my mom wasn't able to put it on to lead her from stall to field in morning as she was too hyper for my mom), and she developed bold spots under the halter. :( After month I moved her to new place with 24/7 and permanently took it away.
    09-11-2007, 08:35 AM
KTwister, what was the post about? I tried to open it, but doc is not there anymore...
    09-11-2007, 08:40 AM
K Twister asked what you think about leaving a halter on a horse :) I lied, we keep halters on some off our broodmares, cause they like to break in to the stallions paddock (near it and tease him) :roll: As Kitten sed it only takes a quick sec to slip it on and off you go, although leaving it on all the time can encourage it to rub, but if you buy a suitable halter that fixes that problem.....
    09-11-2007, 09:18 AM
Oh, I meant I tried to open the website mentioned in post and it didn't show anything. So I was wondering what was there. :)
    09-11-2007, 09:48 AM
Oh whoops :P Silly me...... Dunno, have to get KT to answer that one!~!
    09-12-2007, 01:00 AM
Thanks sweety pie but I think I can answer my own post !!! It was on the dangers of keeping a halter on at all times, abby hangs on the gate, i'll try to find it again and repost it
    09-12-2007, 02:07 AM
Some we do and some we don't. It isn't out of laziness, it's out of safety. Yes, it is dangerous, but some of them are more difficult to catch and the need to keep one on out weighs the safety issue of keeping them off. I keep them loose enough so that they could (and do) slip them off if caught on something (or they rub). But honestly, you could keep horses in a padded stall and some of them would STILL get injured.

For example, we recently had to put down one of our broodmares (who was halterless) because in a 17 acre pasture she decided to roll and got caught up in a gate. (not the fence) she panicked and broke her neck. In all that space she had, she decided to roll right next to one of the gates. It was very sad, but what can you do? We saw her only an hour before and she was just standing there grazing.
    09-12-2007, 02:14 AM
Ouch tx sorry to hear that, some times it can't be helped to have a halter on at all times.
Tried to find a pic I had to take of a horse for a.c.o purp of a halter left on by a owner who didn't know that much about horses

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