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    07-22-2009, 11:10 AM

Well, I'm planning to go to Tractor Supply tomorrow with my hubby to pick up some supplies for Dakota's "homecoming" Saturday. I know I'm wanting to pick up a new halter for him. I'm still debating on the color, I know I want something bright. He's flashy, so he needs a flashy halter, right? LOL. Anyway, what I am wondering is, how long is too long for a horse to wear a halter. Before we put Beauty out to pasture, she didn't wear a halter unless she was in hand or tied. She was so easily caught. But, with Dakota being new, I wanna be able to catch him pretty easy, so I figured I'd leave a halter on him for awhile.
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    07-22-2009, 11:40 AM
I think blue or red would go great with his color. My horses halters are on as soon as they get their AM feeding until they get their PM feeding. I take it off at night so they don't rub away the hair or soars from where the halter was. People will tell you that it's dangerous to keep the hater on because they could get caught or whatever but in my 16+ years of working with horses and my fathers 30+ years of being with horses him or I have never ever seen a horse halter accident.
    07-22-2009, 12:19 PM
Originally Posted by RoCru    
Anyway, what I am wondering is, how long is too long for a horse to wear a halter.
I'm thinking 5 or 6 minuets (lol). Really, I don't like leaving a halter on at all but when I get a new horse, I do leave a breakaway halter on for a few days or until I know that I can go up to the horse in the pasture.

Just be on the safe side and be sure it is a breakaway.
    07-22-2009, 12:42 PM
If you are planning on keeping it on him you should buy a breakaway just to be safe!
    07-22-2009, 12:47 PM
Green Broke
I leave halters on horses that cannot be easily caught. I have a very opinionated pony who if he gets loose. You better have a halter on him or your out of luck. My show horse I leave the halter off. He can be lead just by holding him under his chin. He never has a halter on. My new 4yr old is a handful so I leave the halter on him. Because I know if he got loose, I couldn't lead him home without an acutall halter. It all depends on your views and how the horse is.
    07-22-2009, 01:19 PM
The previous owner has a halter on him, but she can walk right up to him to catch him. He seems pretty easy to catch, but I know he'll be abit more skittish for a day or two after he gets here. I figured a halter on him for a few days would help with being able to catch him if he's elusive for the first little while. I think I may go ahead and invest in a breakaway halter tomorrow.

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