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    02-02-2014, 06:11 PM
NEVER turn out with a halter unless it is a safety "break away" kind . They do make those or you can make one yourself so if your horse is hard to catch, until you remedy that issue use a brekaway halter for turn out and have a regular one for after you catch him. That photo is a classic example of what can happen. And worse. I have personally known peoples horses who did that or were killed because of caught halters that could not break. .
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    02-02-2014, 11:53 PM
Personally I've been at barns where they have them off and barns that require they be on. Thankfully my guys are at home now so I make the decision and decide to not risk it. If they are put into a new pasture( we are always building on) then I'll leave them on during the day for the first day or so but I'm home all day.
I did have a pony mare who came to me very abused and extremely scared of people. I left a leather halter on her until I found out about head collars. After that she always had her head collar on. Its just like a dog collar. I got a chepy leather belt that would break easy under pressure. I made sure there was no stitching on it at all and we put a d-ring on it to attach a lead to when needed. It was kept fairly loose but not loose enough that it would slip off if she put her head down etc. She was also an escape artist so had a dog tag on it with contact info.
Personally I'm one who feels waaay more comfortable with a collar instead of halters.
    02-03-2014, 01:08 AM
It is an iffy for me I do not leave horses in halter because way to accidents happen... but I do leave Halter on hard to catch horses only until we get the "Magic Corn" out LoL after a few days of a bucket if corn or anything sweet they will come right up to you and after that I don't keep halter on..also there s nasty halter rub..everyone has their own opinions though..

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