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?