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    07-06-2010, 09:57 PM
  #11
Started
Well, part of our fencing has barbed wire on the top line, which makes me nervous as it is without the halters on.
     
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    07-07-2010, 12:24 PM
  #12
Foal
Leaving a halter on is a accident waiting to happen 100% . It could get hung on a tree limb or anything. I would probably leave it on if I was watching the horse the whole time they were grazing. Just to be sure she/he didn't get hurt. Leaving it on may be okay, if they were a escape-r. But I wouldnt do it all the time......
     
    07-07-2010, 12:45 PM
  #13
Weanling
As the owner of a boarding facility where our fences don't offer the potential (unless the horse wants to be rubbed and zapped at the same time) for "catching" their halters, and there are no trees in the paddocks (or within reach of them), we choose to leave the halters on horses. Have a wild horse get turned lose on accident by one of your boarders WITHOUT a halter and you'll understand the necessity of keeping halters on while horses are turned out. The risks involved in a horse running lose with nothing viable to grab hold of is much greater than a horse catching themselves on something in our paddocks. I suppose if we had trees, or other opportunities for the horse to catch themselves on something, or if we weren't on site 24/7, we'd probably have a different outlook. Or, if we just had our own horses where our horses were our only liability... Halters are ALWAYS taken off at night when the horses come in (hay racks, feed buckets, etc are all 'catch hazards').

I think it depends on the situation. I'd be more worried about surrounding my horses with barbed wire than turning them out with a halter on. I've seen some nasty barbed wire injuries from horses who were chased through the fence by others in their herd.
     
    07-07-2010, 12:52 PM
  #14
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by leonalee    
As the owner of a boarding facility where our fences don't offer the potential (unless the horse wants to be rubbed and zapped at the same time) for "catching" their halters, and there are no trees in the paddocks (or within reach of them), we choose to leave the halters on horses. Have a wild horse get turned lose on accident by one of your boarders WITHOUT a halter and you'll understand the necessity of keeping halters on while horses are turned out. The risks involved in a horse running lose with nothing viable to grab hold of is much greater than a horse catching themselves on something in our paddocks. I suppose if we had trees, or other opportunities for the horse to catch themselves on something, or if we weren't on site 24/7, we'd probably have a different outlook. Or, if we just had our own horses where our horses were our only liability... Halters are ALWAYS taken off at night when the horses come in (hay racks, feed buckets, etc are all 'catch hazards').
I also have a boarding facility. We do not allow horses to have halters on for more than the first 2-3 days they are turned out. Huge liability if we required it and horses were hurt or worse because of it.
     
    07-07-2010, 12:56 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I agree! ^ I keep both my horses halters on, we have no trees near them and they only have a one strand of electrical fence so nothing to get caught on.

My Horses also like to escape :) but they don't usually go anywhere other then the hay field (only once did they "explore") :)
     
    07-07-2010, 12:56 PM
  #16
Showing
While I'm not fan of halters for turn-out I kept a halter on 24/7 on my abused unhandled yearling for 2-3 weeks. Because first, I couldn't put on/off it easily for the first week (till she got better with me), and second, if something would happen it was much easier to catch her with one. As long as she learned to give a head for the halter I took one off.

As for everything else... No offense, but I'd just leave a horse to that guy. He's not yours and as you mentioned you can't do much about him ruining all your work. So just be straight and tell him "hands off - I'll train", or just don't train.
     
    07-07-2010, 01:00 PM
  #17
Started
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That's a good idea. I'm not going to waste my time for him.
The barbed wire is only in part of my pasture, and its the very top strand. However, I do want to replace it with plain round wire as soon as I get a good day to do it.
     
    07-07-2010, 01:02 PM
  #18
Weanling
MLS - Understandable - what are your fences like? Do you have trees or toys or other items in the paddocks for the horses to get caught on? Have you ever had horses running lose? I suppose our "halters on" policy is from several instances of horses running loose and nearly running people down. We generally have several people here throughout the day visiting their horses and a loose one puts everyone in jeopardy. Wayyyyyy tooooooo many uncontrollable variables when you have no sure way of grabbing them - then there is the potential of finding the road, spooking a horse someone is riding (or worse yet, running into them), etc. I think people getting run down by a loose horse is a greater liability :-/ I forgot to add that, although it is our policy to keep halters on, we encourage boarders to provide their horses with break-aways.

Eliz - I do think Kitten-Val has a good suggestion. You are "the trainer", he needs to play by your rules, especially if he has no real horsey experience.
     
    07-07-2010, 01:03 PM
  #19
Foal
(add this to what I said earlier, sorry)
If the halter got hung and something, it can hurt the horse. If the halter got hung and something and didnt brake, the horse would probably freak out(because he/she is hung) and hurt himself that way.
     
    07-07-2010, 01:14 PM
  #20
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by leonalee    
MLS - Understandable - what are your fences like? Do you have trees or toys or other items in the paddocks for the horses to get caught on? Have you ever had horses running lose? I suppose our "halters on" policy is from several instances of horses running loose and nearly running people down. We generally have several people here throughout the day visiting their horses and a loose one puts everyone in jeopardy. Wayyyyyy tooooooo many uncontrollable variables when you have no sure way of grabbing them - then there is the potential of finding the road, spooking a horse someone is riding (or worse yet, running into them), etc. I think people getting run down by a loose horse is a greater liability :-/ I forgot to add that, although it is our policy to keep halters on, we encourage boarders to provide their horses with break-aways.

Paddocks are four board white oak. Pasture is 3 strand high tensile wire.

No - we do not have horses running loose. All of our turnouts are connected to a main paddock behind our indoor arena. Our horses are turned in and out - loose. I like to be able to watch them move to ensure they are 100% sound. Our barn has gates across all horse doors.

Safety first.
     

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