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post #1 of 86 Old 04-03-2008, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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halters left on horses

i know this doesnt really go here but as it has become a topic in a thread though i would post it here. please read these and reconsider leaveing a halter on an unattended horse
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post #2 of 86 Old 04-03-2008, 08:57 PM
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When Sonny is in the pasture I take his halter off just because I don't want him to get halter burns on his face. When I have to leave him in the arena while I go and do something, I'll leave it on. But then again I have a break away halter...if it gets caught...I will have no halter for Sonny...but I don't have a halter without a horse.

The barn owner leaves the halters on her horses while turned out, and has had no problems with them being caught...I can't say I agree with it, but I can't tell her what to do. I guess she will have to learn the hard way...but hopefully nothing will happen to the horses.
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post #3 of 86 Old 04-03-2008, 09:08 PM
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I've seen terrible things happen to horses with their halter left on in a pipe corral! Its so sad and halters can be really dangerous. I would never leave a halter on Blu when he's unattended BUT I will if I am there to watch him.

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post #4 of 86 Old 04-03-2008, 09:48 PM
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My barn manager when I first went there tried to tell me I HAD to keep a halter on my horse. I did it for the first day but each night I'd take it off and sneak it home, or I'd go out int he pasture and take it off. Finally she got after me about it and I told here I would rather you leave my horse out at night if he doesn't come in that have him be hung up on a tree and she said "Fine, thats your risk!" Well, my horse fine and she is the one who almost had her horse suffocate. One of her mares got caught on a tree, after we heard a bunch of thrashing and squealing we raced down there to have to cut the halter off her mare. She STILL halters her hoses though, she just makes sure they are extremely loose. Silly lady.
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post #5 of 86 Old 04-03-2008, 10:00 PM
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I totally agree with that. I never leave Skip's halter on when I let him out. In the beginning to was just to prevent rubbing, but then I figured it would be safer anyway. When he used to be at the barn I had no control over it, but now that he's in the back yard, he gets it taken off! Great article, I should pass it on to some of my friends who do leave their horses halters on.

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post #6 of 86 Old 04-03-2008, 10:16 PM
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Wow ive been turning my horses out with halters on for idk how long but wow guess u never know what might happen. I think i might reconsider >.<! even tho everyone in my barn turns there horses out with a halter nothing yet has happened in the 30 something yrs but still id rather be safe then sorry geezeee those stories were just eye opening
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post #7 of 86 Old 04-04-2008, 06:52 AM
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I agree. Even the field can look nice and no danger, horses can always find something to get halter caught on: tree, fence, gate, etc. Thankfully, I never had this experience, but I'm not sure the breakaway halter indeed will "break away" if caught on something. Don't feel like finding it out. I know the accident happened with my barn owner mustang. However she still leave rope(!) halters on her horses. I guess, just teasing the luck.
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post #8 of 86 Old 04-04-2008, 07:42 AM
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I don't even leave collars on my dogs much less a halter on a horse. I've found my german shepherd hung up by her collar enough times I took them off everyone. We have a large fenced yard for them but theres lots of trees/bushes that they can get hung on.
I have 2 web halters for the horses and they only wear them when they are trailered or when they are or tied to a high line. The rest of the time I use rope halters and never leave them on unattended.
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post #9 of 86 Old 04-04-2008, 08:22 AM
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I keep my halters on at all times, on the horses that are hard to catch, even in the stall my mare has a halter on because you never know what can happen. My others i keep the halters off only because its not that important because they don't walk away from me.

I will always keep my halters on my horses, always. No matter if there is a risk on them getting hurt or not, there is always a risk with everything. But thats a risk im willing to take.
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post #10 of 86 Old 04-04-2008, 08:26 AM
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Keeping headcollars (or halters) on in the field is very dangerous!!! The amount of horses I have heard of that have been seriously injured or killed as a result of getting tangled up or strangled! If you must keep one on, make sure it is a leather one, because they will break, whereas nylon ones will not! You can also get field safe ones aswell, where the fittings are rubber, instead of metal, so they will also break!

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