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    05-27-2011, 11:32 AM
How do you turn out your horse *Spin Off*

Reading another thread about turn out made me wonder how everyone lets their horses go when turning out.

I usually lead the horse into the field, turn them around to face me, then take off the halter. Before I actually take the halter off they have to drop their head for me, so I can just slip it off and it also means that they are calm before I let them go.

I must admit that with some of them I have been known just to lead them straight in, drop the halter off then walk back along side them and pat them on the butt on the way out

How do you do it?
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    05-27-2011, 11:35 AM
I lead them in and take their halter off then leave...they usually walk back over to the gate to make sure I don't have an extra treat or something. Sometimes I'll turn them around before I take their halters off but I don't make a habit of it.
    05-27-2011, 11:35 AM
I face Froggy to me, take his halter off and I usually try to wait him out. He will usually stand there staring at me...*laugh* So I'll tell him to get going and give him a rump pat.
    05-27-2011, 11:37 AM
I always lead in; turn around to face the gate (and close it so that other horses can't get out if they decide to be sneaky); take halter off and then exit the field.
    05-27-2011, 11:55 AM
I open the gate and walk in, turn my horse to face me and then close the gate behind me. Then we walk about 10 feet, I turn my horse to face me again, then slip the halter off and walk away after a pat on the neck and a good boy/girl for standing quietly.
    05-27-2011, 12:17 PM
With my horses I just open the gate, take off the halter, and they go in the pasture by themselves. Other people's horses, I lead them into the field, turn around and close the gate, and then take off the halter.
    05-27-2011, 12:22 PM
I give my horse a piggyback down to the field...
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    05-27-2011, 12:23 PM
Lol joke.... how many ways are there to turn out a horse?? Other than lead it in and take the headcollar off? X
    05-27-2011, 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by shelleyb    
lol joke.... how many ways are there to turn out a horse?? Other than lead it in and take the headcollar off? X
Well you could leave the headcollar on for a start!!

The question came up because of someone mentioning slapping a horse on the rump as they turn it out, which led me to think of all sorts of things. I did on the past just used to walk a horse out, take the halter off then slap it and let it go, but then it finally got to me how dangerous that could be. That is why I now always turn them back towards the gate and make them relax before I let them go.
    05-27-2011, 12:37 PM
That depends...if we're taking them all in/out of the barn in the mornings/night, we just open the barn door and the stall doors, then put the gate down and they run into the barn in their stalls by themselves (and vice versa).

When I am actually leading a horse, it varies. Sometimes I'll take them in, turn them around, close the gate, let them loose, and then make them stand there until I move off first. Other times I'll just unclip the lead as they walk past into the field (usually when I'm in a hurry or have other things to do).

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