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post #1 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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24/7 halter wearing: For or against?

Is there a viable reason to keep horses in a halter all the time? Do you leave halters on your animals?
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post #2 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:09 PM
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unless theres a reason for the horse needing to wear a halter 24/7 i dont see the need. My horse only wears one when im bringing him in from the field or travelling. My dogs dont wear thier collars 24/7 either because they dont need to :)
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post #3 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:10 PM
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I do not, because it could get caught on some thing and cause an injery. The ONLY time I leave one on is when there is a tornado warning or huricane. She has a special break away with a tag on it with our contact information. Some people leave them on if the horse is hard to catch.

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post #4 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:12 PM
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I depends. If the horse is easy to catch and fences are good i see no reason to keep one on. It's safer without because halters can get caught on trees & fences and depending on how loose they are a horse can even get their feet stuck in them.
I have left halters on my horses, however. If i have a horse that is hard to catch i'll leave one on until they get more accustomed to it.
This past month we had a section of fence that my one mare kept getting out at. We finally got the electric wire up but before that she got out constantly! I was able to deter her but kept a halter on her for awhile anyway just incase she got out and i wasnt home. That way my family or even neighbors could catch her easily and bring her back.
Most people leave them on purely out of laziness because they dont want to bother with the halter. They just wanna walk out, clip the lead on and go. I dont see much of a problem with putting the halter on each time, and i've found that when they are left on they rub the nose hair and it doesn't look good.

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post #5 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:17 PM
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I don't leave halters on as a rule, but I have done with horses who are hard to catch.
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I always take mine off because he's gotten suck before and ended up taking the field gate off the hinges. That could've ended very badly.
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post #7 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:28 PM
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I don't leave halters on any of my animals. Too many places for them to get them tangled or hung up. I have other ways of catching my hard to catch horses.
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post #8 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:34 PM
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we dont leave halters on incase they get caught on something or there is even the possibility of another horse gettng caught! neighbours of our left thier halters on 24/7 and horses were always getting caught on fences, bushess etc. on one horse the halter rubbed so hard that where the halter was it was all raw and bled somethimes!! so i vote no, dont have halters on unless completely nessesary!!

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post #9 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:37 PM
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We've only had to leave a halter on one horse. He was very dangerous and hard to catch, not to mention a rescue that had been abused by more than one owner, and we felt it was in his best interest to keep a halter on him so we could catch him easier, and if he were to ever escape from the fence, that would be hell.

That being said, it was a breakaway halter, and someone was usually around (except for a few hours) to keep an eye out.

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post #10 of 28 Old 05-21-2011, 03:38 PM
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I usually leave a halter on 24/7 when I first purchase a horse until I can be sure they are going to be catchable. I had one mare I just purchased who had the halter on 24/7. I put her in my outdoor arena and took it off. Later that day a storm rolled in, it took me 15min in pouring down rain, thunder and lightning to get a halter back on her. The halter stayed on the next two weeks until she realized I was not going to eat her. Once they hit that point I'll carry the halter and put it on now and then so they don't equate halter with "crap she's going to do something I don't care for again". That way they never know if halter means quick on and off again with treat or lets go get a shot :). I never leave a halter on a foal or thier dam without supervision. The image in my head of the possible accidents make me cringe at the thought.
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