02-02-2014, 11:53 PM
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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.