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post #1 of 16 Old 09-19-2011, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Halters

Ok, so I have a question..
I just took my halters off of my horses because I let them out into some trees and I don't want them to get hooked, and get hurt/die ect.
And there's indents where the halters have been, like on their nose. Is this permanent? Should I be worried?

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-19-2011, 08:06 PM
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Perhaps the halters were too small, or not adjusted properly. I have seen temporary indents for sure, but it's not in the bone, and will go away after a little while -- anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours.

Mind you I have also seen where halters were too small, not adjusted and we had to call a vet to CUT the skin and the halter to get it actually OUT OF the horse. Yikes. Not pleasant.
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It will go away. 'Halter nose' is the main reason we typically don't leave halters on....I just don't like the way it looks.

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It may not necessarily go away. I have a gelding with permanent dents and bald spots from either a halter or a tie down.
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Perhaps the halters were too small, or not adjusted properly. I have seen temporary indents for sure, but it's not in the bone, and will go away after a little while -- anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours.

Mind you I have also seen where halters were too small, not adjusted and we had to call a vet to CUT the skin and the halter to get it actually OUT OF the horse. Yikes. Not pleasant.
No, they're not THAT tight!
I would NEVER do that to them!
I make sure they're not to small, or not to loose..
I'll leave the halters off and see how it looks after a couple of days :)
Thanks for the tips though!

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Thanks for all the help guys!

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Cleffapuff -- I didn't think you would. Just wanted to illustrate an extreme and that your situation is probably not an issue at all.

How do they look today?
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Cleffapuff -- I didn't think you would. Just wanted to illustrate an extreme and that your situation is probably not an issue at all.

How do they look today?
I haven't been out there at all because its been pouring all day. I will look tomorrow, and tell you if you'd like!

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Please just leave the halters off completely there is no need for a paddocked horse to have a halter on and it's simply dangerous.

I have seen marks from halters left on that weren't tight. Slight pressure from halter sitting on nose, plus sweat marks, similar to what you might see on a girth line after a ride. The halters can also rub slightly. There is a good chance these marks are harmless and just look odd.
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Please just leave the halters off completely there is no need for a paddocked horse to have a halter on and it's simply dangerous.
Re-read her OP. This is exactly why she took the halters off.
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