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        06-26-2009, 02:35 PM
      #11
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    I do leave mine on. I live right on a main highway, and if my guys were to get loose I would want a handle on them. Partly it's habit from my first horse who could be a little demon to catch when the mood struck him right. However, they do live in small grass paddocks without anything to get caught on, and are being looked in on all day and are stalled every night. If I were to turn them out into our 40+ acre cow pasture (with dense woods, creek, and pond), or leave them out all night unattended, the halters would come off, sure thing. I've seen neighbors' horses running loose around the highway before, with no halters and refusing to stand still to put one on. Not a pretty sight. Well, the horses were pretty, running free as the wind, but you all know what I mean.
         
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        06-26-2009, 02:37 PM
      #12
    Started
    Oh, and I forgot to mention. The "gelding pasture" especially would HATE being halterless. How would they spend hours a day playing halter tag like a bunch of idiots?
         
        06-26-2009, 02:40 PM
      #13
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    Against the law to have a halterless stallion out in the pasture.
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        06-26-2009, 03:06 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Interesting!
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    Against the law to have a halterless stallion out in the pasture.
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        06-26-2009, 04:24 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    Against the law to have a halterless stallion out in the pasture.
    In your state/area, not in mine.
         
        06-26-2009, 04:26 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    It depends. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. When there is bad weather coming I put the leather halter on with the horse info and my contact info on it. Otherwise, generally speaking no, just for rubbing issues nothing else. I've never personally come across a catastrophic injury from a horse being caught up by the halter.
         
        06-26-2009, 04:28 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    3 of ours always have break away halters on and they are fine, never had an issue at all. I leave mine off just because my lover come running as soon as she sees my truck and it keeps her halter cleaner.... the only thing I would say don't do it a non break away halterl left on in the field.
         
        06-26-2009, 04:30 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    I almost never leave my horse's halters on. Even when I was in a boarding barn no one ever left them on. I only leave mine on if I am coming right back to get them.

    When I went to get my new mare in Kentucky, the former owner's personal horses (and my horse) all had leather halters on. Granted, she has board fencing and no trees.

    But if I would ever leave one on, It would most definitely be a breakaway. Because all of my horses are accident prone!
         
        06-26-2009, 07:21 PM
      #19
    Trained
    I board and I do not leave my horses halter on ever. When I turned in horses (about 60 total) none of them had halters on (we used a neck rope to turn into a temporary halter in between pasture and stall. Don't know how else to describe it).

    I've seen horses get hung up on fences and I just feel better without a halter on. My guy is easy to catch though.

    Breakaway halters I don't have too big of a problem with...it's nylon and rope halters.
         
        11-21-2011, 08:15 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I've occasionally left my boys regular rope halter on, but by the morning its always gone... Somehow he gets it off... and its not breakaway...
         

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