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post #1 of 17 Old 01-01-2012, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping halters on

Does anyone have any tips on keeping your horses halters on in the pasture?

My mare always loses her halters in the field. She is kept on about 12 acres, so its not like I can walk the field and find it. There is a lot of tall grass in it as well.

I normally take her halter off when I let her out, but when the farrier comes, I am not there since he comes in the day when I am usually at school, plus I board.

I am really getting tired of having to spend almost $30 to buy a new halter every 2 months.


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post #2 of 17 Old 01-01-2012, 06:35 PM
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I'm assuming someone gets your horse when you're not there? In that case, why not just leave her halter someplace where said person can get access to it and put it on themselves?

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I do, but when they put her out they don't take it back off when she is finished.
I have asked for them to take it back off but they haven't.

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Can't you keep her in her stall(if you have one) when the farrier comes by?

Maybe you're putting the halters on too loose? I would either just leave the halter at the gate or possibly have someone meet the farrier at the barn with your horse ready for him.
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I don't have a stall, so that is not an option.
I guess I could tightening it a notch or two, I just don't want it to be too tight on her...

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I don't reccomend keeping a halter on period, they can catch their hoof in it scratching or even worse. Not to mention it will rub hair off if left on. I suggest finding a way to keep the halter off unless being led/ tied etc. :)
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I normally don't have her halter on for that reason. Its just she has the halter on (or should anyway) when she is put out after having her feet done for a day or two.
I can't get out to the barn on the days she has her feet done, since I work every Wednesday night.

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I'd also suggest making sure its adjusted correctly (because a loose halter is just as, or more, dangerous than a too tight one).
Back in the day, when I kept Lacey at a place that liked to leave halters on (before I knew any better) Lacey would loose halters all the time. Thankfully, they weren't "my" halters so it didn't cost me anything. Anyway, once I got her a halter that was the correct size (cob, in her case) she never lost it again. from what I can guess, they were just too loose around the nose and she was somehow wiggling out of them.

Also, the other day I noticed that is having quite the sale on halters. Maybe you can buy a few, in bright colors, and they'll last you for a while?

Breakaway with adjustable nose:

Basic 3-Ply Adj Chin Breakaway Halte w/Snap -

This one is similar but $1 more expensive. However, the color could really pop against the ground/green grass enabling you to find it again if she looses it:

Defender Classic Breakaway Halter w/Adj Chin -

Here's one from statelinetack. It's not breakaway which is a little scary for leaving on a horse in the feild, but you can adjust the noseband and you can't beat that price!

Basic 3-Ply Adj Nylon Halter w/Snap -

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Because of the risk, whoever puts her out should remove the halter. A day or two is more than enough time to get into trouble because a halter's on.

Consider how you'd feel were she to break a leg or have to be put down.

At the very least, make your next halter purchase be a breakaway type, if you've not already had them.

I just read how a horse eating at a hay net got its halter hung up on the ring of the net, ended up on her back with hind hoof through the halter, & struggling for some time to free herself before she was found. Iirc, she had to be euthanized.
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my little tjree year old likes to play keep away and unless i can spend an hour out there everyday i keep it on and he wears it 24/7 on a few days if we are just going to let them be after a hard week i will take it off a few days. its pretty tight on him because i left all three of their halters on and came back and found all without them. i had to look in a 8 acre pasture and there was tall grass everywhere and it took a while.

i also got about 20 to 25 halters that are cheep so if i needed ot keep any on i have some to put on. but my other two geeldings will come up to me so its not all of a problem anymore.
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