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post #11 of 29 Old 09-11-2013, 05:31 PM
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Very brave of you to post this tarpan as I'm pretty sure lots of people do it and also think its OK because nothing has ever gone wrong before
I have left what we call in the UK headcollars on horses that I've bought and don't know how they will be to catch until I've actually turned them out and seen for myself (never believe what anyone tells you when you buy a horse!!!)
I only use a snug fitting one that will reduce the risks of them getting caught up and now that we can buy the breakaway ones I use those. I usually leave a short length of baler twine hanging off it too so I have something to get hold of without getting too close to the head or risking getting my fingers trapped in the halter if the horse suddenly bolts back and off
I'm afraid that a lot of keeping horses is a learning curve, I'm convinced that no matter how hard we try to protect them they'll find a way to damage themselves.
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Count me as another who likes break away halters. However, my boy is good and doesn't lean back on his halter when tied, so I use them for safety reasons when I need a nylon halter.
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At the barn where I learnt riding, the fire department had told the BO that in case of a fire, they wouldn't even attempt to rescue any horses without halters on. So for a few years, everyone wore nylon halters in their stalls.

One morning, the BO's mare lay dead in her stall with her back foot caught in her halter, and covered in sweat. From that time on, the BO took her chances with the fire dep't and no one was wearing halters any longer. Mind you, that was in the early 90s, I'm not sure if breakaway halters were already used / common back then...
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I cringe when people leave on halters that aren't breakaway.
So many accidents could be prevented.
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post #15 of 29 Old 09-11-2013, 07:33 PM
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I'm glad your horse is okay. Lesson learned I guess :).
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post #16 of 29 Old 09-11-2013, 07:59 PM
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I'm glad you were willing to post this thread Tarpan. It's always great when someone is can post an avoidable accident so that others can learn. One of the things I was always taught was to never turn a horse out w/ a nylon or a rope halter because they can't break them. I was always told to attach the nylon halter w/ bailing twine at the buckle if I felt the need to turn out with it.

Many, many riding facilities turn horses out w/ halters and there are people that never take them off. I never leave a halter on my horses but there was one day where I was doing stuff and FORGOT to remove my very expensive Clinton Anderson (yes I bought a Clinton Anderson over priced rope halter). The next day I came out and it was hanging from his neck. One of the other horses had decided to play tug of war with it so he had chewed the nose piece off... Poor Ri, I can only imagine how many hours he was tugged around the field by one of his buddies!

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A family friend used to leave a breakaway halter on her mare. Star got her hind shoe caught on the halter while attempting to scratch, and tore every muscle and ligament in her hindquarter. She was supposed to never be ridden again, but miraculously she healed up perfectly. She was about 25 at the time, and live to be 28. Now none of our horses ever, ever wear a halter in turnout unless supervised.
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I'm guilty of leaving a nylon halter on our pony when she's in the paddock. BUT I will note it was only for the first month or so while she got to know us and the paddock is right in front of the house and hubby is on the farm all day. Still potential for accident though...
Our last old pony got himself tangled in his rug once. Must have rolled and the belly straps lengthened, managed to get both a front and back leg stuck. I got up in the morning and looked outside thinking, "he doesn't look right" he was laying down fairly normally, but looked stressed! I thought his arthritis might be giving him trouble, went to have a look and found him tangled. He was very good though, sat nicely while I got him undone, hopped up again and was fine
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I have to be honest, all our horses, and all horses on the yards I have been on, have worn well fitting headcollars in the fields. Always.

Saying that, there is nothing, generally, apart from themselves they can get caught up on. (I say this, they are horses and if there is something to find, they will probably find it!)

I did, however, make the mistake of leaving my old mare, Duffy, in the round pen after a work out with a rope headcollar on. My trainer went MENTAL at me. A few years ago she knew another QH breeder who did something similair, 2YO filly got it caught stuck, and broke her neck.
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We all should learn, not just from our mistakes but also from others.

I hate leaving any halter on a horse when it is turned out.

I have seen a foal hang itself from getting caught up whilst wearing a nylon foal slip. I also had a lovely expensive mare get the heel of her back shoe caught in the halter, luckily it was a leather halter and it broke but, she was lame for ages. I have seen a foal caught in its dam's halter with a front foot.

Even a well fitting halter can cause rubs very easily and, it is is loose fitting they can get snagged up.

If there is something they can do to harm themselves - they will.
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