Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Personally, I never turn my horses out with a halter - even a breakaway halter. What I do is to train my horses come to me when I whistle or to at least allow me to approach with a halter/lead line without running away. It is easier if you already have a horse that you've trained so that when you call, the trained horse will come and the new one usually follows.
I always go out into the pasture with a halter over my shoulder. Sometimes it's just to approach them, give them a treat, and let them go. Sometimes I'll halter them, pet them a little, and let them go. They come to see the halter as part of me and not as a clue that they are going to have to work.
I used to use leather halters but now I only use a rope halter/lead. The only reason I have a halter is to lead or tie my horse; I don't use one for show or turnout. (I have a nice collection of leather and web halters purchased over the years that are there only for display)
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.