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        07-02-2014, 10:09 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Halter Fitting Problems

    I'm having a hard time fitting a halter to my TWH.

    An Arab/Cob halter is too small, and he can slip out of an average size Horse halter on the tightest hole.
    It slips off over his ears, then drops off out in the pasture and I have to go searching.

    If I just punch a hole in the bigger halter to make it tight enough to not come off, it twists the entire thing around his face and the metal that connects the noseband to the cheekpieces rubs raw spots on his face.

    I'm guessing this is going to have a painfully obvious solution as soon as someone tells me what it is - I just can't think of it at the moment.

    I'd just turn him out without a halter, but he's head-shy and I want him to get comfortable with having something on his face (clearly impossible when his hater is rubbing so badly).
         
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        07-03-2014, 08:32 AM
      #2
    Foal
    You could try a rope halter. They are pretty much one size fits all. They are also good for training. I recently got one for my horse and really like it.
    Hope this helps. :)
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        07-03-2014, 08:54 AM
      #3
    Yearling
    Do not leave a rope halter on a horse that is loose they tend not to break if they get caught on something.

    If you can catch him without the halter leave it off, IMO wearing the halter is not going to get him over being head shy and is a huge risk.

    Working around his head, rubbing his head around his eyes and ears will do more to get him over the shyness.
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        07-03-2014, 08:59 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    Can you use a double buckle headstall/crown-piece halter...very common in leather style halters.
    Then if a hole needs punching you put the hole equal distance on both sides, thus the halter then hangs evenly on the face.

    Here is a link to a inexpensive nice halter with adjustable headstall/crownpiece, nose and with or without a throatlatch clip..
    http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/PSH440
    This halter also is available with a engraved nameplate if you want.
    I find with the adjust-ability it fits a wide range of horses from my small headed gelding to my large headed mare.
    I see/know many use this exact halter when showing during transport...they are nice quality.

    I would be very hesitant to use any kind of halter in a turnout situation that is not made to release if the animal gets caught on something. Breakaway nylon or leather will give and break if needed.
    Rope, certain nylon could be a death sentence if they didn't break...be careful what you purchase and use during turnout conditions for your horses sake and your peace of mind.

    Good luck.

    jmo...
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        07-03-2014, 09:10 AM
      #5
    Showing
    Wearing a halter 24/7 will do nothing to desensitise the horse. Never leave anything on a horse when it's turned out. Think Murphy's Law when it comes to horses. If haltering the horse is a problem in the field, just slip the rope around his neck near the withers then move it upward toward the jaw. Do it in a see saw manner. This will help desensitise and with intermittent tugging it will teach him to lower his head. His issue is his ears and he's protecting them.
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        07-03-2014, 04:45 PM
      #6
    Showing
    I need to add; when a horse is being bridled, it is common to push it's ears back instead of forward. This can cause a horse to fight being bridled. When next you bridle him, leave his halter on. Don't put the bit in his mouth but work on setting the bridle over his ears as described above. Then carefully bring it back over one ear. If he starts to get reactive, put it back on his poll, rub the back of his ear with your palm, then try slipping the bridle off again. You may have to do this a dozen times or more then start again with the other side.
         
        07-03-2014, 04:58 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horselovinguy    
    double buckle headstall/crown-piece halter...
    That's exactly what I needed - Just could not think of it for anything.
    Thanks!

    He can take hours to catch without his halter on, so I try to keep it on him.
    It's a big reason why I've been able to ride him so little.
    I'll spend every minute of my riding time trying to catch him some days.

    We're working on everything you all mentioned - desensitizing to having his ears touched, being bridled without a fight, etc.
    Now that there's a halter that might actually stay on his face, we'll be able to progress more quickly.
         

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