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post #11 of 14 Old 04-15-2009, 12:34 PM
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Ok Percron/TB cross. Could you not put up an electric fence to contain, or work more often? Maybe the halters will work, you are tryng, but it is basic - contain, or work harder. You could set up an electric fence and contain.
Keeping a halter on a horse is dangerous.
Twogeldings, next time you catch your 3yr old, take it off. Next time you go to catch him, just walk him down. DON'T CHASE HIM!! It will take a long time, but when he realises you are not going to give up, he will let you come up to him, and be casual. give him a stroke on the neck, slide the rope around, reassure him, then put the halter on. He knows you, I caught a problem mare I had never met, in a 15 acre paddock this way after 1 1/2 hrs, but after that she was easier to catch.
Have done this with many horses I have rehabilitated from abuse. You are not threatining them, but you are Alpha, and in control.
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post #12 of 14 Old 04-15-2009, 12:43 PM
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Twogeldings, please listen to the above post. It is extremely dangerous to leave any kind of halter on your horse all of the time. Hect is right, you need to take the time to train and not use these for the quick fix. My opinion is that leaving a halter on a horse that is hard to catch is jsut laziness and I consider it to be possibly abusive. Sorry to be so harsh but this is something that I take very serriously.

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post #13 of 14 Old 04-15-2009, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Well I ended up not ordering the leather padded halter. I was at my feed store this afternoon and found the muzzle in a halter form. The muzzle was the same one that I had already been looking at on Country Supply, and it was cheaper than buying a leather halter and grazing muzzle separately. The muzzle is by Dura-Tech and has a leather breakaway strip under the buckle.

It looks like this, only with a rubber disk inserted at the bottom for the grazing muzzle part:

Hopefully this muzzle will last longer than her other ones!

Originally Posted by hectornikki View Post
Ok Percron/TB cross. Could you not put up an electric fence to contain, or work more often? Maybe the halters will work, you are tryng, but it is basic - contain, or work harder. You could set up an electric fence and contain.
I am in 4 Advanced Placement (college level) classes as a Senior in high school. Between school and the crazy weather lately, I have not been able to ride her as much as I would like. Over the summer (end of May to August), she will be worked with daily as a summer camp horse, so I probably won't have to use the muzzle then. In the mean time though, I am concerned about the rapidly growing spring grass and how quickly she will "blow up" from it. Since I cannot really do anything else, a muzzle is my only real option.

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post #14 of 14 Old 04-16-2009, 01:04 AM
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Originally Posted by hectornikki View Post
Maybe the halters will work,
I thought you were against haltering horses?

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