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        06-06-2010, 02:30 PM
      #11
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    I keep halters on all of my horses in the pasture. I think all but two have breakaway halters, but the two that don't are usually being watched, and stay in the stalls at night.

    I keep them on just for convenience. Plus with my luck, I would be in a hurry to go to a show or something, and the horse I needed the most would decide to play catch that day.
         
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        06-06-2010, 07:30 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    A horse at my old barn a while back broke his neck when he was running through the field and his halter caught on a fence post. I refuse to keep a halter on my horse now. We have halters on the horses that are hard to catch, but that's it. And it's a rope halter (Not that that makes a huge difference hahaha)
         
        06-07-2010, 11:35 AM
      #13
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    My horses come to me when I call or walk out into the field, so none of them are hard to catch.

    Usually, they're jockeying for position to determine which one of them will be first to get his halter on and led inside for dinner.

    If you're going to leave a halter on a horse because he/she is hard to catch, then at least buy the animal a breakaway. It only takes a second for something bad to happen, and nylon halters don't have any give.

    If all the horse has is a nylon halter, my rule is that it gets taken off at the gate before the animal is turned out. No exceptions.

    If you have a hard time getting a horse to accept a halter when you go out to get them, there are gaps in your training.
         
        06-07-2010, 02:50 PM
      #14
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    My horses come to me when I call or walk out into the field, so none of them are hard to catch.
    Yep, Ice walks right up to you, and we have quite a few other social butterflies who don't even need to be called, they just *know* that you want them, lol.

    We also have a gelding who even though he's the a-horse in his group, he hangs out at the back at dinner time. I usually just say "hey troop!" and he comes moseying up....much to the dismay of the other two closer geldings.
         
        06-08-2010, 08:37 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    My horses come to me when I call or walk out into the field, so none of them are hard to catch.

    Usually, they're jockeying for position to determine which one of them will be first to get his halter on and led inside for dinner.

    If you're going to leave a halter on a horse because he/she is hard to catch, then at least buy the animal a breakaway. It only takes a second for something bad to happen, and nylon halters don't have any give.

    If all the horse has is a nylon halter, my rule is that it gets taken off at the gate before the animal is turned out. No exceptions.

    If you have a hard time getting a horse to accept a halter when you go out to get them, there are gaps in your training.
    Amen!

    But I also say that as someone who has four horses that run to the gate when they see you. I don't have this issue. My horses are easy to catch. Everyone always comments on how friendly they are. Even the grumpy pony walks up to you and puts her head in the halter. I was raised in a barn that didn't allow you to leave a halter on your horse, be it a break away or not. All horses went out nude.
         
        06-08-2010, 10:02 AM
      #16
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    None of my horses wear a halter unless they are under supervision. On pasture never.
         
        06-08-2010, 10:06 AM
      #17
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    If you're going to leave a halter on a horse because he/she is hard to catch, then at least buy the animal a breakaway. It only takes a second for something bad to happen, and nylon halters don't have any give.

    Exactly. Then work on training your horse to be caught. I think it is also worth mentioning that if you go with a breakaway halter with the leather strap, then you can buy replacement straps (in case your horse where to break it) without having to buy a whole new halter.
         
        06-08-2010, 10:59 AM
      #18
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    You can also just buy an inexpensive leather halter. They work just like a break away halter does. Not the triple ply reinforced type, the cheap single ply model.


    My horses live naked. If they were to wear a halter in turn out it would be a cheap leather halter or a break away.
         
        06-08-2010, 12:11 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Our stable contract has a rule that we can't keep halters on our horses. I have to agree because I've had an 'accident' affect me inderectly. A friend's horse a few years ago got hung up on a fence and was eaten by coyotes.
         
        06-08-2010, 02:02 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I leave my guys out in leather halters there posts are plastic becuse its an electric tape so technically they can't get caught on it. They can be seen from our house all day though so its ok.
         

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