My 30-year old TB wears one 24/7 (it's a leather one). He's out w/ my OTTB mare and it just makes things easier when I need to do stuff with him (blankets, pick feet, etc.) - I just grab a leadrope and snap it on so he'll stand. He's not bad at all but gets easily distracted sometimes and wants to wander off while I'm working on him. It's also easier if I have to bring them in (they come in for bad storms, farrier, vet, etc.). I don't like leaving halters on all the time for various reasons. He has worn his for quite a long time and it's never been an issue - I just make sure there isn't enough room to get a hoof caught in it or for him to get it stuck on anything. My mare goes naked - she'll follow me anywhere and will stand perfectly still while I work on her (inside, outside - doesn't matter) but if she was a problem at all, she'd wear one too.
So I'd go ahead and put one on your girl - it'll make life easier .
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If it makes your job safer and/or easier, go for it. That's the only purpose for any piece of equipment anyhow.
I prefer halters on hard-to-catch ones, but whatever gives you that little edge. the broodmare I had here last year didn't go out in the big pasture without a halter AND a short piece of rope attached. Yes, she stepped on it, about three times, and yes, she had a conniption, twice, after which she figured it out, after which it was not an issue at all. But it sure made MY life easier!
We have used Broodmare collars, or neckstraps for at least ten years, no problems. And I have a very unruly group of geldings. Sonny is one of them, there is a lot of playing, grabbing, etc.
My personal horses wear them on the trail too, and will stand tied for hours with just the collar. Cross tied too. It is surely easier to bridle/unbridle a horse with a neck strap.
If I am handling the retirees for the vet, farrier, etc., I put their leather halters on. Usually after wiping off the dust
Only one horse seems to have had any kind of an issue, he caught it on the edge of a corner, pulled very hard, and it broke at the buckle, like it is designed to do. But he is very much a Dennis the Menace type of horse, so I think overall the collars are pretty safe. YMMV
Yes, but the halters are at least twice the price of the neckstraps!
I certainly won't cry if they play tag and break the neckstrap instead of a halter... It sounds like it could be an interesting solution... Plus it won't leave marks on their faces like halters (even without rubbing, it leaves marks in their winter coat, etc.)
All horses at our barn are turned out with halters. Unfortunately, my guy is getting a ridge on his nose from the halter, so a neck strap may be ideal. Will an old stirrup leather work? What else can be used that will break easily?
My rub-prone horse wears a neck strap, he hasn't broken it yet although it is much thinner than halter leather (which he manages to break on a regular basis when wearing them) No rubs, no issues, his "brother" can't grab it as easily as a halter either, and MUCH cheaper.
I have a leather neckstrap on a mare. Today, she had it caught over one ear, it was really tight on her, I guess that's why she let me catch her so easy. I put it back around her neck, and tightened one hole, maybe it won't slip forward.
Its really thin, if it caught on anything strong, it would break.
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