I don't turn my horse out with anything on, but it HAS to be leather.
Leather snaps if it's caught. I hate seing horses turned out in nylon head collars (we don't have roped halters here)
I'm so sorry to hear about Monty, poor boy!
By the way, what is a Cockler Burr?
Cori, I thought about that. The people I got him from kept a collar on him and I didn't like it, but kind of understand why. You can catch him readily with grain, though it does involve a fight of chasing off Willow to get to him with it safely lol.
BTW, your girth extender is packaged up and ready to mail, I just haven't sent it yet, I've had a houseguest all week and haven't got much of anything done at all! I will mail it out on Tuesday I promise!
King, the issue with Monty is when you do catch him, about 30% of the time he takes off, and a rope halter is all that will hold him, trust me he has broken 2 nylon halters already. However carrying a rope halter with me and putting it on him while working him is now what will be done.
And here is a picture of a cockleburr:
The little pokey heads dry up and come off in the horses mane and tails, and make an absolute mess! I actually roached Claymore, Finn, and Misty this week due to fighting off these darn weeds.
Oh a Cockle burr is a plant!! Surely that couldn't have afflicted this type of injury. Make another horse kicked him in the face?
I understand what you're saying about the halter, I really do.
Personally, I'd just rather lose a head collar than have an accident happen.
Looks to me as though this wasn't because of his halter though, so I wouldn't feel guilty about putting it on him.
As I already explained, short of having a camera out there, I'm as sure as can be this plant DID cause the injury. There is not a shod horse on the property, and any that do kick amongst normal squabbles over food etc could not catch Monty off guard enough to nail him in the face. Just wouldn't happen, trust me I'm home 24/7 and I know my horses well.
Cori - on the bright side, the vet DID confirm Monty is a 3 year old coming 4, which is in line with what his papers claim. That means his papers are NOT falsified (which I was concerned about) and I can start riding him again (once he is healed of course), I had stopped riding him because I was concerned he was younger than I thought. He still shouldn't be ridden heavily of course, but he isn't QUITE the tiny baby I was worried, it means I can put some more saddle hours on him, yay!
I found it hard to believe that a stupid weed did this to him too, but I saw enough to make certain this was the case. And knowing Monty well enough to know how he reacts to these things, I can pretty well reconstruct the scene in my mind. The broken stalk went under the noseband of his halter when he put his head down - he went to take a step forward, and got a tug and poke - he panicked, reared, and it just ripped him open. He's a sweet little pony, but very touchy, skittish, and very, very reactive. I can see this being what happened pretty easily, much more likely than him getting the injury from one of the other horses.
IH..we have that weed here in my horses pasture and it's a nasty thing. That plant it so thick and one touch of those burrs are enough to turn the skin red and hurt like the dickens for a few minutes. (I know, one barely touched me in my knee through my jeans.) These are horribly nasty plants and so very hard to get rid of. Hope Monty recovers quickly!!! Hugs and kisses sent his way!!
These are horribly nasty plants and so very hard to get rid of.
The natives say to burn them after the 2nd full moon in May. Now, how many times are their TWO full moons in May? Yes, they are hard to get rid of. Cut them down when green to prevent the seeds from spreading as you move them. Put the cuttings in a plastic bag, seal it and send it out with the garbage. Don't burn it; they will seed out, even though they are green. I suppose you could probably put some toxin in the bag, but I've never tried. Then, pour salt all over the area where the offender reigned supreme. It's a battle, but it does work.
And yes, their stalks are definitely tough enough to injure a horse like that if the horse gets caught up in them. Monty is lucky that he didn't poke his eye. Glad he's healing up well.