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    02-04-2011, 10:25 AM
Before I picked up my first horse, I went out and bought a (cheap) halter, assuming that he wouldn't come with one. I was pleasantly surprised when the seller told me that he always sold his horses with halters. Scout came with a hodgepodge of tack (none of it fits him, then or now...), but I wasn't there when my family picked him up. Sis bought him a new halter as a "stallwarming gift", and I never saw an old one... now I'm curious, I'll have to ask her if he came with an old halter or not!

I've never sold a horse, but if I did I'd probably go the extra mile and buy a new halter to see him off with. Nothing fancy, just a simple, serviceable nylon web halter. $5-10 at TSC.

I've never heard of laws requiring sellers to provide halters... just seems like the common-sense, neighborly thing to do to me. I'll have to look that up in my state!
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    02-04-2011, 01:35 PM
Wow! I didn't expect such a huge repsonse to my post! Thanks guys!! It does make me feel better that I'm not the only one who thinks the horse should come with a halter!

@JustDressageIt: I didn't know it was law in alberta... I mean, I'm not going to ask someone for a halter if they don't want to provide one (could you imagine!?) but I agree with the comment of Scoutrider that it is just a "neighborly" thing to do!

I always have and always will provide a good halter/lead when I sell...
    02-04-2011, 02:01 PM
Green Broke
When we bought my first horse we checked here out, went to breakfast, got a halter at our local sinex, and went to buy the horse. She came with a halter and a blankey, however, and the halter we bought was to big. When we bought tiger, he came with all his grain, a 100$ blankey, yes we had to buy the blankey, and a bit. When we bought blue, we brought a halter and needed it. She did not come with anything. We always brought a backup halter cuz', well, you never know if you'll get a halter. Fortunately, we thought tanoka needed a halter that was a size to big, so we ended up have all the halter we needed for tiger and blue, and we bought to more halters for t-girl, aka tanoka.
    02-04-2011, 02:06 PM
Although I didnt get a lead, my horse came with his halter, and I might add that it was a nice leather halter with a name plate on it, with both his sire and dam engraved on it. I guess I got lucky!

My friend was thinning out her herd a few years back, and she sold everyone of her horses with a halter, not the best ones, but they still came with halters.
    02-04-2011, 11:54 PM
Yep, in good ol' Alberta it IS required! But, like you said, as if you'd want to tell someone that! "Hey cheapskate, you have to give me a halter, it's the LAW!!!" LOL So unless they already know that and mention it, you're better off taking a few halters in various sizes as well as a lead rope or two along when you go buying.

I have traded horses a few times and after sending my end of the trade onto the trailer in newer, nice, clean, brightly colored halters and leads and getting old, ratty, frayed, filthy, stiff halters and snagged, knotted tie-up lead ropes in return I finally started sending MY horses away in halters similar to the ones I got...or I swap my nice one out for their garbage. :)

I did sell a couple of horses and in those cases I sold the horse with a halter and lead in a complementary color. But for more! I don't want your 65 year old halter that has been nibbled on by countless mice and has a crack in the rusted hardware when my horse is wearing a sparkly halter I chose especially to go with her coat color! Jeez!
    02-05-2011, 11:16 AM
I'm 1/3 for getting a halter with a horse. I sold a mare in December, and didn't provide a halter. However, I included 40 lb of pellets that she was fed as supplement... has halters for $4.99. If someone asked me to provide them with a halter as part of the sale, I'd turn down the sale (or add $100 and order a $50 halter). I can understand forgetting to bring one, but if they need me to provide a halter just because then they can't afford to own a horse.
    02-05-2011, 03:31 PM
Green Broke
When I bought my old mare Diamond she came with a halter, Romeo came with a junky nasty halter, and Demi did not come with a halter. I think if I ever sold a horse I would offer a halter to go with the horse.
    02-05-2011, 03:38 PM
I would always sell a horse with a halter.
I consider myself lucky that my horse came with a halter because I never would have been able to find a big enough one in time to go get him (I can't get anything in draft size where I live and have to order online)
Since I felt very relieved about my horse coming with a halter, I feel like I would want to make someone else feel that way :p Though I have not sold a horse before.

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