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post #1 of 15 Old 10-09-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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HELP! One-arm haltering problem.

My right arm is on a sling, I can't use it at all.

My horses are 16.2 and 17hh and I'm 5'5"

I can chuck lead rope over U-kon's neck and lead him, but I can't get a head collar on either him or Riley, and Riley won't be led with just the lead rope round his neck.

Apart from leaving their head collars on, can any of you creative geniuses suggest how I can put a flat or rope head collar/halter on my boys for the purpose of groundwork?

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-09-2012, 07:11 PM
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I find myself in the exact same situation right now. If I need more than a lead rope around the neck, I rely on husband help. Alternatively (this is awkward and not pretty) I tie baler twine to the halter on the off side, slip the twine over the poll, then slide the twine through the near side of the halter and kind winch it up using my sling arm to keep the twine tight and my mobile arm to work the halter and twine to get the halter in place. This technique is reserved for my horses that take pity on my current state.
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-09-2012, 07:13 PM
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Get a halter with a throat clip. You can slip the headstall over their ears and then attach the "throat latch." I will never keep a halter without this option, and put my halters on like that all the time. If there is an emergency, I can slip it on and go without messing with any silly buckles. So it's a good thing to have around anyway.


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post #4 of 15 Old 10-09-2012, 07:20 PM
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or make a quick emergency type deal with the leadrope...

Tie a knot at one end, slip the rope around their neck and through the loop, then take it over the nose and back through the loop----kinda like this...its hard to explain------

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And then once you get them in you can be in a mroe controlled easy area to get the halter on

Or ask for help...that always works to lol
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-09-2012, 07:31 PM
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What did you do to your arm? Hope it gets better soon
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Get a halter with a throat clip. You can slip the headstall over their ears and then attach the "throat latch." I will never keep a halter without this option, and put my halters on like that all the time. If there is an emergency, I can slip it on and go without messing with any silly buckles. So it's a good thing to have around anyway.


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Wow-I have been around horses almost my entire life and I have never thought of that. I learned something new today!!
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I've used those^^a few times. Really comes in handy with headshy horses...only problem was remembering to clip it lol
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Ive used those^^a few times. Really comes in handy with headshy horses...only problem was remembering to clip it lol
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Meh, with a well-behaved horse, it doesn't matter much in leading to and from the tack up area, lol.

I've been using these for so long, I almost get confused with regular halters, I haven't done one up in several years.

Either way, horse people have a tendency to collect more horse things than we need, so get a halter like this per horse just in case you need to get the heck out of dodge.
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I only use clip halters, call me lazy haha but they are so much easier.
Catch ropes are an idea too, but you need two hands to get all the loops sorted out, I find.
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You people are brilliant, kind for answering, and all geniuses! Thank you.

Chevaux, my sympathy and empathy to you

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