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post #1 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Question Opinions on this? Keeping halters on a horse...

I know it is very dangerous and never a good idea to leave a halter (especially a nylon halter) on a horse when they are turned out. What is your opinion on this: A 13 year old horse, super super friendly. Will walk straight up to the fence and nicker when you look at her or walk over that way. In a one-acre, electric fenced (fence is off) pasture. Large tree in the middle with no branches within reach of the horse whatsoever. Pasture is about 10 yards from the house with a large run-in.

Would you deem it safe to leave a halter on her? I don't personally think it's necessary. She'll come right up to you when you walk over. It'd be very easy just to put it on her then..

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post #2 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 11:01 AM
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I think its okay to leave break away halters on horses but I would usually only do it if there was a reason, such as a difficult horse to catch.
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post #3 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 11:02 AM
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I would leave it off, if it were me. In my neighborhood, everyone pretty much knows everyone else's horses though.

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post #4 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 11:03 AM
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If they don't need a halter I wouldn't put one on. I only put them on if the horse is difficult to catch.
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post #5 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 11:07 AM
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Not where i'm from. Too many stories of horses getting caught up and being found with the coyotes the next day.
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post #6 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 11:29 AM
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I would leave it off. If she is easy to catch, it will keep the halter cleaner if nothing else. The ones I've seen that have been left on a horse are usually in bad shape pretty quick.
Personally, I don't leave halters on.


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post #7 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 01:21 PM
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I always leave mine on when they are in the paddock, and know many people who do. My whole 16+ years and my fathers 40+ years of owning horses and knowing horse people we've probably heard of 1 bad thing that has happened, and even that was a scratch. I take it off in their stalls and when they're in the smaller paddock because I don't want the hair to rub off. But in my 9 years of owning Labre and 4 of Gunther, we've never had a single problem.
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post #8 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 01:25 PM
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I'm curiois, do you guys board?

I board, and EVERY horse wears a halter (break-away). It would take way to long for the workers to catch 26 horses, especially because each one needs a specific halter and the pastures are HUGE! I can gaurantee break-aways work, I've lost more then one, lol. I don't think I can remember a single halter related injury in the 8 years I've ridden there on any of the horses
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post #9 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 01:28 PM
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I agree break away halters work very well
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post #10 of 77 Old 06-26-2009, 01:32 PM
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Unless a horse is hard to catch, I never leave halters on. If the horse is hard to catch, I'll leave a leather track halter on or a nylon with a leather crownpiece. I'll only leave the halter on long enough to correct the hard-to-catch behavior, then the horse will be halter-less.

Halters left on can be a safety issue and they can just be irritating to the horse, especially in the summer. They sweat under the halter which attracts flies and bugs. My mare is a houdini and will rub her's off no matter what, lol. She has sensitive skin though and will get rubs down to the skin with a halter left on for just one day.
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