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post #21 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 03:06 PM
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Very cute! I like his stubby ears :)

One pet peeve though, don't turn him out with that all nylon halter on, if he gets caught on something it won't break away and he can injure himself badly, I've seen a horse nearly hang himself because someone left a nylon halter on him unattended.
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post #22 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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One pet peeve though, don't turn him out with that all nylon halter on, if he gets caught on something it won't break away and he can injure himself badly, I've seen a horse nearly hang himself because someone left a nylon halter on him unattended.
Our pasture is pretty barren as far as obstacles go. I don't know what he could possibly catch the halter on.

We initially left the halter on because we weren't sure how he would react to us or how easy he'd be to catch. Trying to catch a bare-faced horse that doesn't want to be caught can be frustrating. That said, after two days with him, I think we can safely say that this won't be a problem with him. He shows no signs of wanting to get out of his pen, and he walks right up to us when we approach him.

Thanks for the reminder. We'll remove the halter when we leave him unattended. Besides, I think the pink halter is an affront to his masculinity. Facebook friends keep asking us what "her" name is.

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post #23 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 04:42 PM
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Ditto on the nylon halter. I saw a horse catch one on his own hoof and nearly strangle himself, and one that caught his on a hydrant and ripped the hydrant and 200 feet of pipe out of the ground before he was caught.

Glad the new guy is fitting in well. I like him
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post #24 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 04:43 PM
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Turning out with halters on is fine just be sure they are breakaway. Mine get turned out with halters on but they are leather so they will snap under pressure.

One thing I think is helpful to remember is that horses come out of the womb looking for an expensive and inconvenient way to kill themselves, even if something seems safe at first glance to a person a horse will find a way to kill or maim themselves with it so it's best to try and limit their opportunities to do that :)
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post #25 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 05:51 PM
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I always find it ironic that a nice horse kept in a safe pasture with good fencing and no obstacles will find a way to maim himself on nothing, while horses kept in saggy barbed wire pens strewn with junk metal, farm implements, boards with nails, and twine/wire/other leg entrapments live decades with nary a scratch.
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post #26 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 06:32 PM
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Someone on this forum quipped (and rightfully so) that horses wake up each and every day with two thoughts:

1. Where's my breakfast?

2. How am I going to kill myself?

If it looks impossible for a horse to hurt itself, they will need double stitched (inside and out) on whatever "it" was that you will never find:)

I am another firm believer of no halters when unattended. I'd bet money that sweet face of yours will lead just fine with nothing more than a hay twine draped around his neck.

Make sure you and family members catch him for nothing more than to give him scratchies in his favorite places. A horse that is only ever caught for work will soon sour on being caught:)
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post #27 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 07:22 PM
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I had a gelding slice a 10" long and 4" deep gash in his hindquarters on a mystery something. We walked that pasture a dozen times looking for whatever it was he had cut himself on, and never found anything. He was in that same pasture for 20 more years and never hurt himself again.
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post #28 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 08:46 PM
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Congrats on the horse!
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post #29 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 09:04 PM
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Oh, he's so adorable! Love those pics! And I, for one, LOVE the pink halter! Our Harley wears nothing but pink and purple. That's what happens when your rider is a 12 year old girl! He doesn't care, and if anyone says anything, I tell them he's very secure in his masculinity! Honestly, they ask us how old he is more often than why he's wearing pink. He's 18, but most people think he's still a youngster!

Judging by how easy it is for your daughter to hang out with him, I'd say you've found yourself a real treasure! But yeah, probably best to take the halter off for turnout. If you really want to leave it on until you get a leather or breakaway one, tie it on with baling twine at the throatlatch so it will break if he catches a hoof in it. I'm betting you won't need it long though. My two are easy to catch.
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post #30 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 09:11 PM
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Having worked quite a bit at dude/guest ranches and horse camps over the years, it will take some work to get him soft and obedient at all gaits. Most 'dude horses' are trained simply to follow the one in front of them, and ignore a rider who pulls, kicks, etc. Some of our best dude horses that were trustworthy with tiny kids on a trail were downright dangerous in an arena where they might have to go work alone, so the fact that he will ride alone, even if he wants to set the pace himself, is a good thing. It will be good for your daughter to learn how to 'sharpen up' a dead-sided horse, asking softly, then increasing her aids until he responds. Eventually he will respond to the soft aid.

Squeeze 1,2,3, nudge 1,2,3, kick 1,2,3 kick harder 1,2,3 stick 1,2,3 finally a canter. If she's consistent about asking and then asking harder without taking the pressure off until he DOES respond, it won't take him long to start listening to aids again, and he'll get nice and light in her hands and to her legs.
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