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.
Last edited by leonalee; 07-07-2010 at 12:08 PM.
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