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Halter Break a Horse

It pains me to type the title "halter break."

Horses don't have to be broken to halter.

I had two four-month-old fillies that hadn't been haltered. They were friendly and not likely to kick. So I sat on a box in the middle of a small pen with a bag of grain and a little rope halter.

They walked around and around me. Occasionally one would come in to me and get a handful of grain while I rubbed her face with the halter. I gradually moved the halter farther up her face each time a filly would come to me.

Within a short time I had a halter on each of them and I never moved from off the box.

Be careful of young horses that haven't been handled. Years before when I wasn't as experienced, I tried to help someone with her wild filly off the range. In my naivety I just walked up to the filly and started scratching her withers. She stood there a while then whirled around and kicked me. So be aware that the babies can be highly defensive, quick and dangerous.

I will repeat my tale from another article:

I had a young colt born wild on a large ranch. I was walking a friend's dog and went up to my colt on the other side of the fence. The colt and dog sniffed noses briefly, then the colt whirled around and kicked the dog through the barb wire fence. So you really have to be careful even on the other side of a fence.

I managed to halter break that colt on the other side of a gate. I hung a bucket on the gate and every time the colt touched his nose to the halter, i tossed a handful of grain into the bucket. Eventually I could rub the colt's head all over with the rope halter. Then slip it over his nose. Up to his ears. And knot it on. Then i looped a lead rope through the halter and gave a little tug, letting the rope slip out if the colt panicked. Eventually the colt trusted the lead rope. Having a hold of the colt's head he couldn't kick me.


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