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Halter on or off?!
Do you leave your horses halter on in the field or not? im trying to decide if i should.....! anything will help! thanks!
I leave mine off in fields/stalls.
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I will Never leave a halter on in the field or in a stall. I have personally known too many people who did and their horses got hung and died or they caught a back foot in the halter and injured themselves.
I always take mine off. If i cant catch my horse without a halter i need to do more ground work.
A new horse may wear a halter for a week or so to ensure we can catch and guide into a stall. After that - off.
It's better to leave your horses halter off because the halter can catch onto something.
There are so many reasons why not to. First horses are accident prone idiots and they will find a way to get hung up in them, even if they are breakways. Second the halters WILL mark their faces and leave rubbed patches, not nice.
I had a poor 25 year old mule brought to me one time and the idiot people had the halter on too tight. It caused a sore which then got infected and then infested with fly/gnat larva! When I got her, her neck was swollen and I started treating immediately with everything known to man, but she was too far gone and we lost her. THE WORST REASON why you should ALWAYS take the halter off.
Always off. But then again, I am the person that doesn't believe in leaving a collar on my dog who lives in the house.
Off. My horse is great about being caught most of the time, so I see no reason to leave his halter on. If you do leave the halter on make sure it is a leather or breakaway halter so if it gets caught on something it will snap before your horse can hurt himself.
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