Originally Posted by wild_spot
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?
Or you just haven't heard of it. I know there are a lot of people here that leave thier halters on and I have seen a couple that have been killed or seriously injured when they were caught up on something. Maybe most Aussies have enough sense to take the halters off. I can see why you would leave one on your gelding though.