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        03-13-2012, 02:09 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Always take it off when your horse is in a field or stall.
         
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        03-13-2012, 02:10 PM
      #22
    Started
    Unless it's a break-away halter, they go without. And, I don't have any break-aways right now!
         
        03-13-2012, 02:11 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    We used to have ppl that weren't very horse smart check on our horses when we'd go on vacation, that's the ONLY time I'd leave leather halters on. Just in case the horses got out, since they didn't know how to put halters on.
         
        03-13-2012, 02:12 PM
      #24
    Showing
    When I've had to leave a halter on one particular horse rather than secure the buckle I'd tie the poll strap to the buckle with a piece of string. As long as he wore the halter he was catchable (psychological connection) yet the string would easily break if it had to.
         
        03-13-2012, 02:18 PM
      #25
    Started
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    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...
    my only exception to always being halter free is older untouched horses being halter broke. I have one right now that will have a light, well fitted halter left on for a week or so after I get it on the first time. Trying to rehalter a fearful 18hh 5 year old every day isnt much fun. Much nicer to leave it on for a few days.
         
        03-13-2012, 02:27 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Always off, always, I would rather spent a day catching a hard to catch new horse then be at the vet because of a serious injury due to getting caught up.

    Better safe then sorry.
         
        03-13-2012, 02:30 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Always off. The only time I leave them on for an extended period is if we are in the path of a hurricane (pasture has a lot of trees near fences) so if they get out they will have their contact info on them. I put em on when the winds get bad and take em right back off when it's over and the fences are checked for safety. Thankfully we haven't had too many hurricanes lately :)
         
        03-13-2012, 02:47 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    I'm with mls, if it's a new horse I leave a break away halter on for a few days in the pasture. After they settle in I never leave a halter on any of my horses.
         
        03-13-2012, 02:51 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    I never leave my horse's halters on for turnout or while they are in their stalls. I don't want to take the chance that they could get caught on something, even if it is a very small chance. I also wouldn't want them to get rubs on their faces from having to wear them all of the time.

    If you need to leave a halter on your horse, for whatever reason that may be, it really should be a leather halter or a nylon halter with a leather crown piece and it should be fitted to your horse properly. The leather halter would be the better choice of the two. The leather should break if your horse gets caught on something. In my opinion it would be a very bad idea to have a horse turned out or stalled in an all nylon halter (even though I know people who do) and an even worse idea to turn out in a rope halter.
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        03-13-2012, 03:13 PM
      #30
    Foal
    Off always.
         

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