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post #1 of 13 Old 07-02-2013, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Breakaway Halters???

My mare recently got her halter stuck on her stall,she immediately freaked out and was rearing and pulling trying to get it off.She did,but with a deep cut on her neck near her ear(it's already scabbed over thank goodnes),a few minor scratches and 1 less halter.So my question is Do breakaway halters truly work?Second is that If I bought one and if she did happen to get stuck again would the halter still be usable??

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-02-2013, 12:10 AM
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Don't leave her halter on her unless she is tied or under your control, silly horses tend to get hung up on molecules of air. I have never tried a break away halter but a leather halter will break pretty easy when hung up on something.
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-02-2013, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Yes the scary thing is that I was actually going into the stall,she got caught on the door ._.My grandpa breeds Tbs and recently he's had 2 get caught one was only in the stall for ten seconds with a halter on.Luckily someone had a knife to cut it off.That is why I'm looking into them
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I would never leave a horse in a stall in a non-breakaway halter. I use all nylon for everyday use, but those are only on him when he's being led or groomed/tacked, and tied with a quick release knot. I would not leave a halter on in a stall, pasture, or trailer that is not breakaway.

And yes, they do work. I was trailering my horse in a leather halter, and upon arriving at our destination my non-horse person dad thought it was a genius idea to open the trailer door while my horse was still tied. Horse started backing out and pulled back when realizing his head was still stuck, and all it took was a couple of good pulls for the halter to snap in one place (where the crown piece connected I believe) and he was just fine. If you have an all leather halter break there isn't really any way to continue using it, but the ones with the breakaway tab under the buckle or the breakaway crown piece can be fixed. You can just buy a replacement tab or crownpiece and it's good as new.
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I use breakaway headcollars on a new horse at turnout only, when I don't know how easy they may be to catch again! The type I've got is made of a webbing material with velcro release points on the noseband and one side. It has clips so you can change it back to a normal headcollar for leading, etc.

I wouldn't want to lead a horse in a breakaway collar . Since you were leading your horse into it's stall when the accident happened, I'm not sure how this item of equipment would have helped you in this situation.
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Just one last question,do you know of any any websites that sell them?I 've been looking and haven't found one yet
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I use breakaway headcollars on a new horse at turnout only, when I don't know how easy they may be to catch again! The type I've got is made of a webbing material with velcro release points on the noseband and one side. It has clips so you can change it back to a normal headcollar for leading, etc.

I wouldn't want to lead a horse in a breakaway collar . Since you were leading your horse into it's stall when the accident happened, I'm not sure how this item of equipment would have helped you in this situation.
I lead horses in breakaway halters. It takes a bit of force to break most of them, so they won't spontaneously break while walking! That said, the velcro ones may be weaker than ones with leather pieces.

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Just one last question,do you know of any any websites that sell them?I 've been looking and haven't found one yet
Almost any website that sells halters, such as dover or state line, will have a few breakaway options. What style are you looking for?
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I use breakaway halters but cant say that I've had them tested. I have the ones that are nylon for every day use so easy to wash but have a quite thin leather section that I think would break easily if it had too.
I got mine from Dover Saddlery, about $20
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The good thing about break away halters is that you can buy replacement crown peices when they break...muh cheaper than buying a new halter. I personally dont turn out in a halter but if you have a horse thats hard to catch a break away halter is a good option.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-03-2013, 12:19 PM
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They only use breakaway halters at my barn, because the horses are turned out with there halters. I beleive in them 100%, and recomend them !
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