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post #11 of 33 Old 01-27-2014, 09:16 PM
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No halter, unless they have bad catching issues. If they absolutely need one make sure it's a breakaway, and the thinner the leather the better!! Never ever ever a plain nylon or rope halter. IMO leaving it on isn't worth the risk.
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post #12 of 33 Old 01-27-2014, 10:20 PM
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My horses used to be the hardest horses to catch.
But that doens't mean I would keep a halter on them - because by the time you got to their head to clip the leadrope on, yuo would be able to halter them as well, so what is the point of haltering?

I've never kept a halter on my horses and I won't ever.

If you leave a halter on, then when you finally get to their head after still possible running and such, then you would have time to halter them. But either way they will still run.
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post #13 of 33 Old 01-28-2014, 04:30 PM
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No, No, and please NO. Just take the time to train the horse. Ask yourself WHY is this horse refusing to be caught? What happens when he's caught? Basically, what's in it for him? If, like a little kid, all he gets when he's called in from playing is that he has to go clean his room or do homework then he's going to do everything in his power to avoid getting caught. However if he gets something good more times than not then he's going to be looking forward to getting caught. Putting an easy to grab collar on the kid isn't going to make him avoid you any less, he'll just find a new way to resist you when he does get yanked. Think less about control and more about willing compliance.
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post #14 of 33 Old 01-28-2014, 04:58 PM
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When I've had to do that, instead of doing up the buckle I put the strap thro the lower part of the buckle but run a piece of narrow elastic, like what's on your panties, thro the hole on the strap and tie it to the buckle. This is strong enough to keep it on the horse's head but will easily break if he pulls on the halter. If you do this, tie a length of bright orange survey ribbon to one of the rings so you can find it should it come off.

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post #15 of 33 Old 01-28-2014, 05:01 PM
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I take mine off. My horses are semi easy to catch. The only time I have left a halter on was on a cow that I was training for the fair and that was in space with feedlot panels.

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post #16 of 33 Old 01-28-2014, 05:15 PM
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I rescued a VERY skittish Quarter Horse in October and for about the first month he had to have a halter on him and even then it was a challenge to catch him. If I keep a halter on any of my horses they are break away so if they do get hung up on something, it breaks easily so the horse doesn't get too spooked. If I have my horses up and riding them daily in my smaller paddocks I normally leave halters on them, but if I let them out to graze in my 75 acre pasture, they go without halters because normally they are pretty easy to catch, and if they aren't a little shake of feed does the trick, lol.

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post #17 of 33 Old 01-28-2014, 05:50 PM
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i say halter off. but my guy meets me at the fence.

my only concern is the police dept (here) wont attempt to catch a loose horse if there is no halter on. Not that i'd want the police trying to catch my guy. anyway.. just some odd fact.
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post #18 of 33 Old 01-28-2014, 10:45 PM
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It's dangerous to turn out with a halter. I've done it a few times, such as to hold a neck rug before a show, and for a very bad horse to catch, but this was only a very short term solution. You need to train your horse to be caught.

I find the best way to do this is to keep them in a small area and "catch" them multiple times a day, then give them a carrot or a feed, maybe a groom, but no work. When they're fine there turn out in an arena sized area and "catch" them a few times a day, when that's easy go to a bigger paddock. They begin to look forward to seeing you. I went out and caught my horse every two hours for a few days, getting him used to me and making it a pleasant experience, and now he loves to see me.

Leaving a halter on permanently is a bad solution.
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post #19 of 33 Old 01-28-2014, 11:05 PM
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Halter off.
I don't see how having a halter on makes a horse easier to catch. Are you saying your horse is easy to catch but hard to halter??? If you horse is hard to get close to then having a halter on won't help. I would leave the halter off and train so they are easy to catch. If you need help on catching your horse there are tons of threads about catching hard to catch horses.
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post #20 of 33 Old 01-28-2014, 11:38 PM
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I've seen a lot of horses who are approachable when person comes in empty handed yet heads for the hills once they see the halter or lead. It's easy to just grab the halter when the horse stops then to fumble around with throwing the lead over the neck or not letting the horse escape while you put the halter on.

Obviously work needs to be done to correct this behavior and I wouldn't advise anyone leave it on long term, especially if they are going to be out of sight during turnout.
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