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    09-12-2009, 07:29 PM
  #11
Trained
It's funny I just started a thread called "Halters on horses during turnout?" I would NEVER leave a halter on a horse that is turned out, I've seen so many horses injured or die this way.
     
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    09-12-2009, 07:32 PM
  #12
Started
I will never turn mine out in halters. Scares me. Too many things can go wrong.
     
    09-12-2009, 08:14 PM
  #13
Yearling
I never leave a halter on. Duchess had hers on this one time when we let her out in the field in case we needed to grab her quickly if the introduction went wrong. Other than that I only use halters when leading/grooming/lunging.
     
    09-12-2009, 09:13 PM
  #14
Trained
I'm with most everyone else. My girls only wear their halter when I'm using them, or like Lucara said, when I'm introducing a new horse. My horses are pros at getting hurt all by themselves, I can't imagine if they had a halter to help out. O_O
     
    09-12-2009, 09:33 PM
  #15
Foal
Thanks for the answers, you guys! I was asking because I'm about to buy a horse, and have to introduce it to my boyfriend's horses, who have never really been around other horses. I wanted to see if it was "taboo" to use a halter during turn-out in that situation.
     
    09-12-2009, 09:41 PM
  #16
Started
My horses go out with their halters on more often then they have them off. Never had a problem (knock on wood!) and they are breakaway halters.
My QH gelding used to go out without his, but he jumped out of the field into the neighbor's yard 2 weeks ago. He's had his on since incase someone needs to put him back if we're not home.
     
    09-13-2009, 09:47 AM
  #17
Weanling
Most of ours don't have a halter on when they are loose in the field HOWEVER there are 2 that have them all the time but they have thin break aways on. As long as they arent thick and you take the proper precautions I've never had a problem
     
    09-13-2009, 07:48 PM
  #18
Trained
My gelding has chronic dermatitis on his shnozz. If it is left uncovered for even a day when it is sunny, it cracks, splits and bleeds. He is left haltered 24/7 with a cotton noseflap. We can't get breakaway halters where I live either, it is a fully nylon halter. My other horses aren't haltered.

Just a note though, I've never heard of a horse in Australia being killed due to having a halter left on. Maybe it is more prevalent in the US?
     
    09-13-2009, 07:56 PM
  #19
Weanling
My horse has a halter on 24/7, but only because my Barn Owner leaves them on. And because he is on full care. My friend never turns her horse out with a halter, but she is on pasture board, and the BO never has to handle the horse. Even if I take Beau's halter off, she would put a different one on him.

If it was up to me, he would never have a halter on unless I was doing something with him.
     
    10-19-2009, 12:22 AM
  #20
Yearling
My horses only have there's on when I use them {tieing, leading, etc.} except on rare cases. For example if I need the horse in an hour or 2 but wanna let them eat. I'll let him out in pasture with a halter.
     

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