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        09-13-2009, 08:27 PM
      #31
    Yearling
    I once kept my horse at this place where the owner, among other equally as paranoid and insane things, insisted that every horse on the property wear its halter 24/7, whether it was in the stall, "turned out" (in the riding arena, the only turnout they had), or wherever. The reason: she was somewhat (again, among other things) pathologically paranoid about barn fires and swore that you'd never be able to rescue a horse if it didn't have a halter on ALL THE TIME. In her mind this was a far greater risk than a horse getting caught on its freakin' halter.
         
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        09-14-2009, 11:27 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    Ack!! Went out to see my horse tonight that is boarded at a friend's house.. And his halter was on. He had his fly mask on when I left yesterday. When I came back tonight, the poor thing had all kinds of flies in his eyes and was dripping blood in a couple spots. AND (frosting on the cake) he had his halter on! Ughh. I took it off and put it back in the shed. I hope they figure out that when I say I don't want it on him, I mean it.
         
        09-14-2009, 11:38 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    Unfortunately the barn Carolina is at, they keep halters on 24/7. It drives me insane. I go in and take it off her yet then I'll go back and it'll be back on.
    I hate it!!!
         
        09-15-2009, 05:30 AM
      #34
    Weanling
    I don't put anything on paul when he's in the field. I don't know what he gets into but he finds the worst parts of the field to play in. Left his fly mask on the other day. When I went to the barn the next day, it was absolutely filty, caked with mud. Just something else he won't wear when he's turned out.
         
        09-15-2009, 12:11 PM
      #35
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by myQHpaul    
    i don't put anything on paul when he's in the field. I don't know what he gets into but he finds the worst parts of the field to play in. Left his fly mask on the other day. When I went to the barn the next day, it was absolutely filty, caked with mud. Just something else he won't wear when he's turned out.
    The fly mask should be worn in turnout to protect him from the flies. My horses have multiple masks. I throw them in the washing machine with the horse towels when they get dirty.
         
        09-15-2009, 12:25 PM
      #36
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    The fly mask should be worn in turnout to protect him from the flies. My horses have multiple masks. I throw them in the washing machine with the horse towels when they get dirty.
    It's a must have here, the flies have been awful this summer. We just rinse it as needed when we take it off in the evening and it's ready to go the next morning.
         
        09-15-2009, 01:18 PM
      #37
    Foal
    The barn I took lessons at didn't have halters on their schoolies. With the exception of two of the horses who we both hard to catch at times. One wore a breakaway halter, the other a leather halter. I remember one day we were trying to catch this one horse WITH a halter on and she literally cantered to the other side of the paddock away from us. We tried to bribe her with food and it still didn't work. We ended up having to take the other 3 horses out of the paddock so we could coax her into coming. The other horse will try to bite you or rear and run off when trying to put the halter on. So I think if it's possible to catch your horse with out trouble then obviously you should keep the halter off. But there are always exceptions.
         
        09-15-2009, 03:14 PM
      #38
    Yearling
    I don't leave halters -- breakaway or otherwise -- on any of my horses in the main pasture, primarily because it is 98% woodlands, a little because all of my horses, with the occasional exception of Ruby, walk right up to me when they see me and then follow me back down to the house without a lead rope anyway; so I don't need to catch them in the pasture anyway. There have been times, however, when I've left a halter on them in the pasture. The most recent was when a big storm tore down most of our fences, and we were working three days straight to fix them all. Dante insisted on finding every hole in the fences, walking through it, and then forgetting how to get back into the pasture and panicking because the other horses had left. Most of my neighbors aren't very horse savvy and likely would've tied a piece of baling twine around his neck and dragged him back to the pasture, and most of them are men -- Dante has this fear of men (I have no idea where it's from, though I do have my suspicions) and usually gets pretty wild if a guy tries to lead him... I left a halter on him because I would rather someone catch him and tie that baling twine to a halter than around his neck. Also, the halter wasn't breakaway -- the only breakaways we can find that would fit him properly cost nearly three times his usual halters, and we wouldn't be able to get them for almost two weeks. So I took some elastic and tied one end on the chin snap and the other on the ring that the snap clipped to. If he got caught, either the elastic would slip, snap, or stretch. When we'd gotten the fences back up again, he hadn't lost his halter even once.
    I've also left a halter on when I leave a horse or two in the paddock or round pen -- but in that case, the horse is usually only there for a few hours while I'm waiting for the vet or farrier, or overnight when we're heading to a show at six in the morning and I don't want to spend three hours looking for horses in the pasture. I've checked the paddock and round pen over for things they could get caught on, and only once have I had a horse get caught -- someone parked a tractor by the fence and 2-Pak decided to reach across the fence while I was standing there and scratch his face on the bucket. He caught the crownpiece of his halter on a hook welded onto the bucket, stopped to stare at me, and then just slipped the halter right over his ears and off his head. That halter wasn't even loose on him. DX
         
        09-15-2009, 03:36 PM
      #39
    Started
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    Originally Posted by mls    
    The fly mask should be worn in turnout to protect him from the flies. My horses have multiple masks. I throw them in the washing machine with the horse towels when they get dirty.
    None of the horses in my pasture can wear the, but the other pastures do. A fly mask lasts literally 5 minutes before it's ripped off and used as the toy of the day. There's a reason these 8 horses are together:roll:
         
        09-15-2009, 05:06 PM
      #40
    Showing
    I had one family walk into my tack shop the other day. The little girl comes up to me a few minutes later asking which of the 3 rope halters would fit a small Welsh pony the best. I suggested one, and she said "great, I want one that fits because he's going to be wearing it 24/7."
    I immediately drained of color (I'm sure) and spent a good few minutes lecturing this poor little girl on why it's unsafe to turnout in a halter period, much less a rope halter (gives me the willies just thinking about it!)
    I suggested one type of halter that we carry that has a very thin leather crown so it's super breakaway.
    The father came up behind the little girl and said "no way. We are getting a thick nylon one, if the little **** gets hung up, tough luck."
         

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