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    11-21-2011, 07:31 PM
  #21
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I have 3 horses, of the 2 kept at home one wears a halter the other doesn't. My old guy only wears a halter when I know the farrier is coming as he comes early at times and will catch him and start working on him. My appy is a bit of a bugger and can be difficult to catch and halter so if somehow they should get out(I've had someone not latch the gate right and they got out ) So it makes me feel better to have a halter on him, he comes for treats but will snatch and run if he doesn't have a halter already on. My TB I board and she almost always has he break-away halter on, they have electric fence and it's not uncommon for one of the horses to run through it(especially when the neighbors scarey comes over for a visit).
     
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    11-21-2011, 07:42 PM
  #22
Yearling
I leave a halter on my 3 year old he's with my other 2 geldings about 2 acres for the winter and then into a 6 acre for summer. And we have a pole barn they can go into no trees adn a electric fence and he does fine he's just hard to get sometimes and its easier this way. My other 2 never have to have one my QH if you say "whoa Harley Whhooaa" he will stop and let you get him or he will come to you so will my other horse.
     
    11-22-2011, 12:07 PM
  #23
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So what the pen has nothing for her to get stuck on, she can very easily get a leg stuck in the halter. Even if they halter is breakaway, they can still do a lot of damage to their leg before the halter breaks. I would only use a breakaway halter with Velcro or something else that breaks really easily, IMO the leather with break, but not after possibly doing serious damage to the leg.
     
    11-22-2011, 12:29 PM
  #24
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I never ever leave an unattended horse with a halter or headcollar on. Even if the horse is in a place where is it unlikely to get caught up, it could always escape for whatever reason and then get caught up. Why take the risk in the first place? It takes two seconds to put on a halter.
If someone has a 'hard to catch' horse, then they need to work on themselves to make it an 'easy to catch' horse. The horse didnt make it a 'hard to catch horse' by itself! Not the horse having the issues!
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    11-22-2011, 12:33 PM
  #25
Yearling
Where my horse is now, no one wears a halter, and at a few other barns I've been to their horses don't wear a halter either. But when I first started riding I was at a very over populated barn with about 60 horses, and all of them wore halters (not even breakaway ones!!!) unless they weren't used in lessons, and ate in the field. It was too much of a hassle for the kids to have to remember 60 some halters for each horse, especially when you fed twice a day etc...

When I left that barn I thought it was so weird how a lot of other barns don't put halters on their horses, but now I'm used to it and think it's a weird site when a horse a halter on in the field :)
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    11-22-2011, 12:37 PM
  #26
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Originally Posted by Legend    
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...
I know!! My horse undid his rope halter in the trailer.. scared me so bad.. I now trailer with leather and he hasn't gotten loose since.

But on topic, I never leave my horse with his halter on.. there's too much for him to get latched on or his face rubbed off badly.
     
    11-22-2011, 12:54 PM
  #27
Weanling
I've seen horses strangle to death from getting the halter stuck in a way that they couldn't break it when they were turned out. I've also seen horrible injuries from them rolling or playing and getting tangled up. So I never leave a halter on a turned out horse or a horse in a stall. Especially a horse in a stall.
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    11-22-2011, 12:57 PM
  #28
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Would I leave a halter on that horse? No.
But, I do not leave halters on any of my horses.

I prefer horses be left naked. But I can see a reason why some places/people prefer to leave a halter on. If the halter is fitted properly it is probably not an issue.
     
    11-22-2011, 01:05 PM
  #29
Trained
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Originally Posted by Legend    
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...
He either un-halters himself, or he has a friend who helps! It is amazing to me what I missed before I got my horses in my back yard (2000). My two 5yo geldings love to play with one another's halters--I used triple-ply nylon Hamilton-types. "Buster" (5yo QH) will play with "Sweet Cup and Cakes" 's halter and I've watched him work on it and undo it twice now.
I do not leave halters on my horses during turnout and never in a stall. If I go camping, they are haltered and teethered, but we prefer to use their leather halters for that, and they can break free with them. For regular stuff I use the nylon ones, but I do not fully buckle them, just hook the pin in the grommet, and I don't leave them outside of my sight. I've had >30 horses over the years, and I give my horses turnout probably 90% of the time. I have had several incidents of horses getting caught in the leads and panicking over the years. It is possible to undo the halters if they are not buckled, but you could get hurt if they are and the horse is scared.
The BEST insurance policy is to train your horse to ropes around their legs and to train your horse to relax when you help them. DH even told his horse, "Tyke" to sit down when he got his back legs caught while tied to a tree. He did sit. My horses all know, "open the gate", "field", "back up", "walk on", and other commands I've forgotten that I've taught them. If you add, "Come here," you'll never have to chase your horse again...probably!
     
    11-22-2011, 01:27 PM
  #30
Weanling
I don't leave halters on ever...if they r hard to catch at first ill put them in round pen and work with them on that...none of my horses when I first got them were "easy" to catch but with time and work theres not one I can't go get at anytime...but back to the halter on yes or no I say no...one misshap is all it takes, that's not a chance i'm ok taking with my horses...

I've also have a rescue horse that never had a halter left off and she has a nasty lump across her nose were it rubbed all the time ;(..so even if there is NO danger of getting hung up, however with my paint if there is a will there's a way and she'll find it, I would worry about marks being caused by long term use...
     

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