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post #1 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question Halter on or off?!

Do you leave your horses halter on in the field or not? im trying to decide if i should.....! anything will help! thanks!
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post #2 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:28 AM
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I leave mine off in fields/stalls.
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post #3 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:29 AM
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I will Never leave a halter on in the field or in a stall. I have personally known too many people who did and their horses got hung and died or they caught a back foot in the halter and injured themselves.
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post #4 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:29 AM
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Always off.
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post #5 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:30 AM
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I always take mine off. If i cant catch my horse without a halter i need to do more ground work.
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post #6 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:30 AM
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A new horse may wear a halter for a week or so to ensure we can catch and guide into a stall. After that - off.
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post #7 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:30 AM
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It's better to leave your horses halter off because the halter can catch onto something.
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post #8 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:31 AM
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There are so many reasons why not to. First horses are accident prone idiots and they will find a way to get hung up in them, even if they are breakways. Second the halters WILL mark their faces and leave rubbed patches, not nice.
I had a poor 25 year old mule brought to me one time and the idiot people had the halter on too tight. It caused a sore which then got infected and then infested with fly/gnat larva! When I got her, her neck was swollen and I started treating immediately with everything known to man, but she was too far gone and we lost her. THE WORST REASON why you should ALWAYS take the halter off.

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post #9 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:32 AM
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Always off. But then again, I am the person that doesn't believe in leaving a collar on my dog who lives in the house.
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post #10 of 40 Old 03-13-2012, 11:37 AM
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Off. My horse is great about being caught most of the time, so I see no reason to leave his halter on. If you do leave the halter on make sure it is a leather or breakaway halter so if it gets caught on something it will snap before your horse can hurt himself.

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