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        09-12-2009, 11:08 AM
    For those of you that must turnout in halters and use breakaways...good for you guys! It's nice to see people that keep the safety of these faithful critters in mind.
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        09-12-2009, 11:18 AM
    I think it IS idiotic to turn out in non-breakaways I mean, they really aren't that expensive! You can even pay to turn a normal halter into a breakaway if you find a "have to have" color
        09-12-2009, 11:22 AM
    Breakaways (here) are no more expensive then a regular nylon halter.
        09-12-2009, 02:14 PM
    I don't have a problem as long as it's a breakaway one. I personally don't leave halters on my horses. The only time they have halters on is when they're on cross ties or being led. I take them off when they're in their stalls as well.

    There are currently 13 horses at my barn and when I'm bringing them all in to feed them, I just take one halter and catch whoever is closest, then take it off when they're in the stall and use the same halter for every horse. Either that or I use one of those quick halter things. Those are really handy.
        09-12-2009, 02:51 PM
    My horse would never be loose and unattended with a halter on. We have huge pastures with TONS of horses where I'm at now and ever with the hard to catch ones (i worked there, believe me some of these horses are horrible) halters are never left on. I'd never board at a place where they had to be left on either.
        09-12-2009, 09:50 PM
    Not all halters are horrible.. I have six horses and they do run with halters. I can take them off if I want to but there is nothing in the field that they can get hung up on.i agree though if you don't have to run your horses with halters then it is best to run them without halters.
        09-12-2009, 10:59 PM
    I turn my guys out without halters. I don't see the point of leaving halters on, if your horse is too hard to catch then that's something you would have to work on. I have seen alot of horses with halters kept on, why? Who knows. Halters should only be on if you are working with your horses.
        09-13-2009, 11:04 AM
    Halters are left on at my barn, I don't really know why but unless you ask they are left on. All of the horses are good to catch so there is really no reason. They all have break aways though. My mare gets hers taken off.
        09-13-2009, 11:51 AM
    Chester I totally agree, halters should only be on you horse if you are working with them.
        09-13-2009, 07:53 PM
    I have an arab gelding with a wide blaze that goes right down his nose. He developed chronic dermatitis on the white part of his nose a few years ago. It took months, and lots of vet visits and tons of ointments being slathered on his nose to get it to a point where it isn't painful for him anymore. To keep it thaqt way, he is haltered 24/7 with a cotton noseflap attatched to his halter. I can't buy breakaway halters where I live, in fact I had never even seen one until I went to America, so he had a full nylon halter. In the years he has had it on, there has never been an issue. My other horses aren't haltered.

    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.

    It's not all the hard to teach them to become easy to catch.

    I invite anyone who says it is easy to make a horse easy to catch to come and have a go with my best friends horse Pepper. He paddocks with my horses. 80% of the time, he is perfect. He has no fear issues, no other issues, but 20% of the time, he is just a little sh**. And it isn't just evasion, it is full blown galloping away. When he is in those moods, you can only catch him by cornering with more than one person. We don't leave him haltered, except for when we are going to a comp in the mornig and need a fast catch.

    Just a thought, I have never heard of a horse being injured/killed as a result of having a halter on while turned out. Maybe it is more prevalent in the US?

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