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    07-07-2010, 12:17 PM
  #21
Foal
When I first got a horse as a little girl we didn't know anything about horses and we always left the halters on. On time my mare got her head caught in the fence trying to eat grass on the other side. She cut her face up a bit but nothing too bad. A year later she got it hooked on the gate and had a huge hole in the side of her face. It healed and was all good. We still didn't learn from that (not very smart it seemed :) ) The next year our 3 year old got his head hooked in the latch for the gate and managed to drag the gate for a couple hundred feet before he suffocated to death. Never ever again. The very first thing my horse learns is to be caught as I will never ever leave a halter on. That being said, if you are working with an untrained, unbroke or wild horse you might need to leave a halter on for reasons that have been mentioned. But not a good idea if you can catch them without.
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    07-07-2010, 12:17 PM
  #22
Started
You could always get some of the neck bands they put on mares in pastures for identification. They just stay right behind the throatlatch and must be easy to break if they get caught because I see most race horse farms and big farms with lots of outside mares wearing them 24/7.But you can still have "control" if they get out or need to get caught. Just a thought
     
    07-07-2010, 12:21 PM
  #23
Weanling
I have a gelding that is hard to catch and I keep a leather lace tied loosely on his neck. It would easily break but provides me with a handle! Just get a breakaway halter if there is no choice about keeping one on.
     
    07-07-2010, 01:51 PM
  #24
Started
We did that once also. He was a bugger to catch, but for some reason the small thin piece of leather tied around his neck made him think he could not run.....Worked like a charm.
     
    07-07-2010, 01:57 PM
  #25
Weanling
I keep Gracies halter on at all times. Never thought twice about it. Maybe I will start keeping it off.
     
    07-07-2010, 02:16 PM
  #26
dee
Started
Daughter's horse is very skittish and hard to catch if she gets worked up (and it doesn't take much!) She's been in a halter, but now her nose is naked where the halter rubs. No sores, it doesn't fit tightly, just rubbed the hair off. Sitting here thinking about it, once you get your hands on her, she's caught. I bet if we can find one, a leather lace around her neck like that would be just the ticket. Her hair will grow back and she'll be all pretty and white again (well, perlino anyway)...
     
    07-07-2010, 02:22 PM
  #27
Showing
Here's an idea. If you can't change his mind, at least have him buy a nylon halter with a breakaway crownpiece that will break if it gets caught. It doesn't work all the time, but it works most of the time, and that's what's important.

As for pictures....you probably won't get many people posting those on here as most of us would be more concerned with freeing the horse than running inside and grabbing the camera LOL, but if you want a story, here's one for ya:

I bought a Paint Clydesdale gelding a year ago who'd been a pet his entire life. He walked all over most people, did what he pleased, etc, but he really respected his owner because when he was a foal, the owner was working in the barn and the mare and foal were running around playing in the pasture. The foal had a halter on and slipped under the chain link fence that was temporarily surrounding the pasture until a better fence could be afforded. He was struggling because his halter was caught and he couldn't get up from under the fence. Panicking. The mare ran in the barn and started bucking, rearing, and running around to get the man's attention. After 5 minutes he went to see what was the matter, and he found the foal, who was amazingly unharmed.
     
    07-08-2010, 03:56 AM
  #28
Started
Can your mothers boyfriend catch the horse if she doesn't have a halter on? If not, then maybe what you need to be teaching him is how to teach a horse to be caught. It can be like teaching a horse anything else...a big pain in the rear. With my own horse, I worked on it some for a couple of months off and on...then came to the realization that it was actually going to take some dedicated training. After I committed the necessary time, he learned to be caught every time. Now, even two years later, I have not had to reteach the being caught lesson *knock on wood*, so it was time well spent IMO.

As far as it being a safety issue, well, some people have left them on for years and never have had a problem. For me personally, however, it's not worth the risk...especially since it can be easily solve with a little training or a breakaway halter. My horse can find plenty of stuff to get hurt on all by his naked self without having to have help from me .
     
    07-08-2010, 07:38 AM
  #29
Yearling
All my horses have halters on 24-7 but they are all in cheap leather or dirt cheap nylon. With me not being there all the time I like anyone to be able to catch my horse anytime for appointments. If the horses were to break out god forbid nthen you bet if I didnt keep halters on all the time id be burying alot of my horses. You need something you can just grab instantly.
My paddocks are however electric fencing that only comes up to there shoulders so they would have to be stupid to stick there faces in it.
     
    07-08-2010, 07:57 AM
  #30
Green Broke
Same with my fence ^
     

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