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post #11 of 17 Old 01-01-2012, 08:38 PM
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Put the halter on her but instead of buckling it tie a piece of string through a hole and the top of the buckle. The string will break if she catches the halter but is strong enough to hold it on under normal circumstances. If I have to leave a halter on a horse, I'll do it this way plus add about an 18" piece of survey tape fastened to the upper ring. Makes it easier to find should the halter come off the horse.
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-01-2012, 08:48 PM
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Why not just make a point of being there instead of having someone else do it for you. You won't have to buy a new halter everytime, and your horse will be safer without the halter left on.
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-01-2012, 09:31 PM
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Keeping halters on horses drives me insane...probably one of my biggest pet peeves.

If you can't catch a horse, you've got work to do.

The people who live down th eroad from us leave rope halters on their horses. The halters are big enough that they could stick all four feet through them. Yet I know if I even thought about doing that I would have bunch of cripples....
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 12:15 AM
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We lost a Percheron mare due to leaving the halter one, she hung herself, so no I never leave anything with halyard on
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 12:52 AM
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I used to see at least a horse a year that died from a halter being left on. (Shoeing customers) Sometimes they get a foot in it, sometimes they get hung on a T-post and harpoon themselves.

I make rope halters for people, but I'll admit, they're probably worse than regular nylon halters because of the oversized noseband. I make mine to fit a little tighter just to be safer when a horse is tied, but never turn them loose haltered unless you have a big insurance policy on em
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Originally Posted by usandpets View Post
Why not just make a point of being there instead of having someone else do it for you. You won't have to buy a new halter everytime, and your horse will be safer without the halter left on.
I can't be there, as I have to go to school, and the farrier comes in around 12.

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post #17 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 03:50 PM
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I really commend all those who shared their horror stories here; hope it saves other horses from injury or death! Saddlebag, that's such a great tip!
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