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    03-13-2012, 12:39 PM
I always leave mine off, BUT was taught early on that IF it's necessary to leave one on for awhile it should be leather (or they make nylon ones with a leather top strap). That way should something happen, a horse is more able to break free, since leather will break under stress and nylon won't.
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    03-13-2012, 12:47 PM
Normally I never leave a halter on my horse when they're in the veld, but at the moment one of my mares are out in the veld with a halter on. She's not easy to catch and escaped from my stable paddock and since you like some of my other horses who I can approach while they're in the veld this mare must be confined first. Thankfully where they are I can see them everyday, so I can check on her. Worst part is here in SA break away halters are virtually unheard of, unless you want to call these single layer nylon ones break away, cause they always break just when youreally need them to hold! I now only buy double stiched nylon or rope halters. The mare in question though will come in on Monday to the stable paddock where. I can see her 24/7 she has a foal at foot and needs some supplements that I can'tgive her when she's with the herd. 12 horses make for one heck of a food fight!
    03-13-2012, 12:50 PM
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Off.......I see no reason to leave a halter on and plenty to leave them off
    03-13-2012, 01:30 PM
I leave it on while I am out of town. Indie's halter has her name and my contact information on it, and her being the little devil master-mind escapist she is I need someone to be able to contact me if they find her ;).

Most of the time though I leave it off though for the off chance she'll get caught on something... and she just loves to tear her halters up, I think it's her spare hobby to see how many times she has to make me re-stitch them
    03-13-2012, 01:37 PM
I always leave mine off. If for some reason you feel the need to keep on on, it should be all leather, or at least have a break-away leather crown.
    03-13-2012, 02:24 PM
Most definetely off. Except in the stall when I'm taking my horse out after he eats. But NEVER on in a place where I am not watching my horse all the time.
    03-13-2012, 02:48 PM
I would never leave a halter on an unattended horse - no matter where it is. If you can't "catch" your horse, you haven't trained it very well...
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    03-13-2012, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Faceman    
I would never leave a halter on an unattended horse - no matter where it is. If you can't "catch" your horse, you haven't trained it very well...
ITA - that is my thought every time I hear the "but he/she is hard to catch" argument as to why someone "must" leave a halter on the horse. Not to mention, all the halter would do is give you somthing to lunge at and grab, which with a horse prone to flight would be unsafe and unwise, as well as just re-enforce catching as being unpleasant for the horse.
    03-13-2012, 03:06 PM
I never leave halters on. It's a safety hazard. I don't even like leaving break-away halters on. I'm a worrywart.
    03-13-2012, 03:07 PM
Off. I'm sure Comic would find a way to injure himself if I left it on.

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