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post #11 of 42 Old 09-11-2009, 11:30 PM
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Maybe the people have never had a problem. When you have done such and such for x many years without incident, then you will probably continue to do it until something happens.
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post #12 of 42 Old 09-11-2009, 11:36 PM
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When I first got Major I had to leave his halter on because I couldn't catch him. I fooled around with it for a while before I finally realized I was going to actually have to take the time to train him to be caught. I spent a couple of months just working on that. I don't think a lot of people realize that when you have a horse that is hard to catch then you have to work with them...same as any problem. Some of it may be that some people are to lazy to work with their horse on it. Also, you have those people that just want to ride and that's it.
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post #13 of 42 Old 09-12-2009, 12:16 AM
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Well I know we left halters on for foals and weanlings when training them to get used to it. Even if it was a couple of months, but I can guarantee you they weren't in a pasture with anything for it to get caught on. Scout I would never leave a halter on in a pasture because he is already well trained and puts his head down for the halter.

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post #14 of 42 Old 09-12-2009, 08:33 AM
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I do leave halters on mine when they are turned out, but I have taken the time to scrutinize every sqare inch of turnout for potential hang-ups. The relatively small turnouts are also fully visible, so no chance of a horse stuck "up in the woods" or something without help. They come into stalls every evening, so no unsupervised turnout. My Scout does need a new breakaway, on my list to get @ TSC this weekend, in fact.

The reasoning behing my leaving the halters on is simple. I live on an extremely busy highway (and I mean ON, we once had a car fly off of a curve and land on our front porch. Not kidding), where the majority of the traffic consists of tankers, semis, and logging trucks who seem to think that the speed limit is 90 mph. If, heaven forbid, the horses did get out, and didn't have "handles," and chose to bolt for that road, I can easily imagine vet bills on top of lawsuits.

Maybe not ideal, but, the way it's gotta be, for now, anyway.

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post #15 of 42 Old 09-12-2009, 09:11 AM
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my horses do have there halters on except for caddo. I could run some of them without their halters on but some of them are impossible to catch if you don't have them on. I have one mare that is head shy without a halter on you aren't going to put a lead rope on her and you will not catch her either.

If you can't catch your horse without a halter, work on it. Constantly. One day you may need to catch your horse, you don't want to have to fuss around if something bad's happening.

I would never leave a halter on in the paddock. We don't have massive paddocks, not small by any means, but not acres and acres. I have never had a problem catching my horse, even if I did I wouldn't risk leaving any halter on, breakaway or not, there are horror stories.

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post #16 of 42 Old 09-12-2009, 09:17 AM
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The reasoning behing my leaving the halters on is simple. I live on an extremely busy highway (and I mean ON, we once had a car fly off of a curve and land on our front porch. Not kidding), where the majority of the traffic consists of tankers, semis, and logging trucks who seem to think that the speed limit is 90 mph. If, heaven forbid, the horses did get out, and didn't have "handles," and chose to bolt for that road, I can easily imagine vet bills on top of lawsuits.
Most folks around with pastured horses do the same, even on the 300+ acre ranches because a busy road is never too far away 'as the horse travels'.

Our mares are at home in a smaller place and I normally leave the halters off mainly because I don't like them to get 'halter nose'

Over all the years, perhaps we've been lucky, or our stocky Paints are stronger than most, but when they have been left with halters and got snagged (happened twice), they've actually broken the brass snap clip on their halters.

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post #17 of 42 Old 09-12-2009, 09:34 AM
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At my barn, they have some pretty massive paddocks. The land is all flat with no trees so you can always see the horses, but they are huge. Anyway, there's a rule of Absolutely NO halters at ANY time in the pastures. At the end of the night, they close the big door at the end of the aisle, open all the stall doors, the horses all crowd at the gates and then they run them in like you would with cows. They go straight to their stalls and we shut them up as soon as they're in. Seems to work for us. No horses-chasing. But I suppose it might be a problem if they had a straggler or two.

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post #18 of 42 Old 09-12-2009, 10:01 AM
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its not stupid to turn them out with halters on , I know a stables that each week lets there horse roam around three different fields , and some of the horses are awful to catch du really expect them to run round after all these horses wasteing there time when its so easy to clip the lead rope on
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post #19 of 42 Old 09-12-2009, 10:10 AM
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When I first got Willow she wouldn't let me catch her.Now, she's a rescue, and didn't really like humans that much (not that I blamed her), and I could not catch her without a halter at first. I left it on Not because I was being lazy, but because I wanted her to trust me and THEN get the halter off so she would be completly comfortable w/ the whole thing.
Then she lost her halter for the first time.
At first, I got worried not only because every time she lost a halter I would by a new one and it started to cost me alot, but because I was afraid that she was getting stuck in the woods or something. Then, I brought her out one day and unclipped her lead and she walked on over to a fence post and unclipped it herself while I stood there staring at her w/ my mouth hanging open. I got worried that I wouldn't be able to catch her again, but before I could even blink, she walked over to me and I have been able to catch her ever since w/ no problem.
BTW: My DH was a little mad at me for waiting utill I SAW I could catch her to stop buying halters at TSC.
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Then the owners of those horses need to teach them to be caught. Your horses saftey should come over what is "easy" for you.

I have had hard to catch horses, very hard to catch. It's not all the hard to teach them to become easy to catch. When I got Dee if she even saw you she was gone, running all the way down and around the 5 acre pasture, but I NEVER once left the halter on her. I knew, as a reasponsible horse owner, that I had to take the extra time to catch and keep her safe. After two months of going out there and catching her EVERYDAY (It took her longer than usual, because she was an unhandled 4yr old who was very head strong) she became easy to catch, and at not one point did I put myself over her and leave her halter on.

For all you people that turnout in halters(Not breakaway), when your dies...I won't even feel sorry for you, just the poor helpless animal.


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its not stupid to turn them out with halters on , I know a stables that each week lets there horse roam around three different fields , and some of the horses are awful to catch du really expect them to run round after all these horses wasteing there time when its so easy to clip the lead rope on
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