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    09-11-2013, 04:51 PM
  #1
Weanling
Scary Accident At The Pasture

Before yesterday I always left a rope halter on my mare because she was hard to catch when I got her...

As I was coming home from school I looked over into the pasture and noticed something white hanging from my mare's halter. My gelding has gotten the fly spray bottle hooked onto his halter before when my back was turned (don't know how he managed this) so I though it might have been the same, or a plastic bag, or some other kind of minor trouble.

When I got to the pasture I was horrified to discover that she had gotten her FRONT LEG hung up in her halter! She'd rubbed the hair off her leg in two small spots, but I don't think she'd been stuck like that for long because the rubs weren't raw or bleeding. When she saw me coming she tried to take off but stopped when she couldn't go anywhere. I cut the halter off of her and made a big fuss over her wounds, massaging her around the poll where the halter had been putting pressure and generally babying her. Needless to say her halter is now hanging over the post next to the gate with my gelding's!

On the bright side, I think the incident finally got the point across that I am not planning to kill her, because I haven't had trouble catching her since...
     
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    09-11-2013, 04:53 PM
  #2
Trained
-twitches- you... leave... a ROPE halter... on in the pasture?

Hmmm. Not something I'd ever do. But then, there are a LOT of things that I do that other people wouldn't.

Either way, scary, and I'm glad your horse wasn't hurt worse.
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    09-11-2013, 04:55 PM
  #3
Yearling
When my QH mare was hard to catch, I got a broodmare collar and put on her. Worked really well, no injuries, or problems with it/her!

Glad nothing serious happened.
     
    09-11-2013, 04:55 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
-twitches- you... leave... a ROPE halter... on in the pasture?
LEFT a rope halter on. It won't be happening again. No need to twitch.

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Originally Posted by nuisance    
When my QH mare was hard to catch, I got a broodmare collar and put on her. Worked really well, no injuries, or problems with it/her!

Glad nothing serious happened.
The broodmare collar is a GREAT idea!
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    09-11-2013, 05:03 PM
  #5
Showing
Breakaway halters are another idea if your horse MUST wear something while loose. None of mine wear any kind of halter when out to pasture. Just fly masks during the summer, and only during the day.
     
    09-11-2013, 05:04 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by Tarpan    
LEFT a rope halter on. It won't be happening again. No need to twitch.
I've just seen some really nasty accidents from well-fitting web or leather ones with breakaways, let alone rope, so I guess you could say it's a pet peeve. I have a horse that was difficult to catch. She got to live in the round pen for a week, only getting to leave if she was attached to me. That solved that. [with no small amount of effort on my part, but I didn't have to leave a halter on... I'd have been able to do it in a yard or even a large pasture but it would have taken a LOT longer]

I actually refuse to use a rope halter on said horse now, she doesn't like them and she sets back occasionally when tied so I'd rather have her in something that'll break. My OTHER horse on the other hand I won't have in anything but, because it's nice to have that little bit extra bite with a rude horse.
     
    09-11-2013, 05:12 PM
  #7
Trained
Why would you put a breakable halter on a horse that sets back? Doesn't that just teach them to set back to get free? Geniunely curious. When my gelding was not safe to tie due to his tendency to set back when scared and my lack of solid (non-breakable) tie spots I taught him to ground tie and gradually moved up to tying. He doesn't set back at all any more because he understands tying = don't move your butt.


I'm glad your horse is ok, Tarpan, but I agree with SR. Never leave a rope halter or other unbreakable halter on in the pasture. Mine are turned out with nothing other than a fly mask that they frequently rub off. There are better ways to solve hard to catch problems, especially if you have a small herd.
     
    09-11-2013, 05:17 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
Why would you put a breakable halter on a horse that sets back? Doesn't that just teach them to set back to get free? Geniunely curious. When my gelding was not safe to tie due to his tendency to set back when scared and my lack of solid (non-breakable) tie spots I taught him to ground tie and gradually moved up to tying. He doesn't set back at all any more because he understands tying = don't move your butt.
Because hers is sheer blind panic and when I had her in unbreakable halters/leads she injured herself. I can walk away and leave her tied for hours no problem as long as she's calm but the moment the scary evil hairspray can comes out [for braiding] or anything frightening is going on I can't tie her at all or she'll break HERSELF to get away. This horse has absolutely NO sense of self-preservation.

Now that I'm using a different tie ring [a blocker, I think it's called] she seems to be ok, but I've yet to really test her. From experience she spooks, hits the end of the rope, and just freaks. So I want something that'll let her spook, that'll offer resistance but will give at the same time. That's what the blocker is for, and so far it works well.

And yes, she does move off pressure. That was the first thing I did after discovering her tying problems. This is a horse that CANNOT feel trapped. She will break anything and everything necessary to get away if she feels trapped. She used to be quite dangerous about it.
     
    09-11-2013, 05:17 PM
  #9
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I have to say, that that is the first I have ever heard of anyone leaving a hrose in a rope halter out to pasture. It is just way too easy for what you saw to happen, and they DON"T break, and they are harder on the skin. You got super lucky you didn'thave a worse result, and I appreciate your courage in sharing that mishap here, so that no one else will make the same mistake.
So glad your mare is ok.

I second a breakaway halter (has a leather crown piece that can break in a panic, and is replaceable), if you must have something on the hrose to catch them.
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    09-11-2013, 05:27 PM
  #10
Weanling
I'm just going to use a rope/hay string looped over her neck to lead her up to be haltered like I do with my gelding. It was definitely a foolish mistake on my part since I did and do know better. I am just glad she knows how to tie well and isn't prone to panicking when restrained.

So one out there who does stuff like this thinking their horse will be OK... just don't. Just because it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it won't.
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