Halters on or off? - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Do you leave halters on or off for turn-out?
On 2 13.33%
Off 11 73.33%
You are stupid to leave a halter on. 2 13.33%
You are stupid to spend more time/money on something that rarely happens and can be prevented with a good fitting halter. 0 0%
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post #1 of 17 Old 10-31-2007, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Halters on or off?

On or off for turn out? I have always felt that a halter fit properly shouldn't cause a problem.

Maybe I'm wrong.

Why do you or don't you?

Off to keep from getting hung up.

On to save time/money and horse is easier to get.

What else?
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-31-2007, 11:56 AM
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I usually take mine off of my horse when she's in turn-out.
You're right, if it's properly-fitted on the horse, then really there shouldn't be any problems.
But things do happen, so I just take mine off.

Some people HAVE to have their horses halter on all the time because some horses are very hard to catch. & having a halter on makes it easier, so they can grab onto it. ;)
But I prefer taking it off when I put my horse back in the pasture.
There are such things as break-away halters. They're good too.
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-31-2007, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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My struggle is, with 20 horses and staff to do chores, it takes longer to put halters on and can be a pain.

I hate to add more work for them. For them and for me, it'll cost more too.

If I make the decision to leave halters off, I want really good reasons.
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-31-2007, 02:06 PM
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I leave the halters off because they are on pasture or dry lot 24/7. There are trees and bushes that can catch a halter if they are left on. I have pulled many fly masks out of trees and fence and worried about the fit the horse might have had when it was caught.
If the horse is stalled and the turn out area is free of "halter snaggers" I see no reason for removing the halter if its easier for the owner.

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post #5 of 17 Old 10-31-2007, 03:25 PM
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On for the moment or I will never catch her but I would rather I didnt have to leave it on.
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-01-2007, 07:43 AM
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i leave them off.
but there has been a few days when i havent been able to catch some, so they keep their's on for a night, and they seem to learn.

yes if they are properly fitted there shoudnt be problems, but its like a lot of other things in sying that. and yes freak accidents do happen.

but its all to ones own prefference!

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post #7 of 17 Old 11-01-2007, 08:15 AM
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Re: Halters on or off?

OFF my friends horse got caught up real bad whereing a halter
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post #8 of 17 Old 11-01-2007, 06:18 PM
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I leave them off for the most part, but when my horse (or donkey in the case night before last) gets out, I like to leave the halter on till I'm sure they're going to stay in, so it's easier to catch them. It makes me nervous with them on, but sometimes it IS necessary.
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-04-2007, 03:47 AM
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OFF! I have dabbled with leaving them on and had horses caught up on allsorts and thankfully halters have popped but I have a freind who left one on a colt in the round pen for the night and woke up to a hung and very dead horse!! It just puts me off big time so off the halters come when turned out. Admittedly all of my horses are turned out on pasture/paddocks/hillsides fulltime when not being ridden..only stabled before showing or if unwell.
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-04-2007, 11:19 AM
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I think horses who are turned out full time shouldn't have halters..
Horses that only go out at night/during day should have their halters on. I've been at barns where they keep them off, but where they stay on with my gelding.

If you know a horse who is likely to get into trouble with his halter on, then it wouldn't be smart or kind to turn him out with it on.. but if you know chances are slim that anything will happen then no worries.

I always use breakaway halters.
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