The world works in mysterious ways…I paint horse portraits for people. I have been working on this sweet looking Standardbred fellow named Norman. His owner wanted his “halter dent” left in, as it is a part of him.
As I painted I mused on the number of horses I have met with this form of scar. Quite a few, really. And wondered how long it took, leaving a halter on a growing horse, for it to dent their face. And thought it may be a blog entry in the future.
Then I came across this:
This happened in TWO MONTHS!!!! It does not say in the story, but I am guessing they got the halter on shortly after birth and then just left it on, without any concern, without checking it at all. HOW STUPID does one have to be? Just look at the damage!
I am all for handling youngsters and one of the first things we need to do is get a halter on them and teach them to lead. Big difference between that, and haltering them and forgetting about them until it has dented their face, or in this worse case scenario, grown INTO their face. And neck:
Yes it’s a leather halter, if you have to leave one on for turnout at least leather will break in an emergency (we hope). But the relative slow growth of a foal is not going to snap a leather halter anymore than it would a nylon one.
This case is extreme, but too many of our four legged friends sport the mark of a halter left on too long. For crying out loud, this is stupid and avoidable! Either check them every day or better yet, leave the damned halter off!!! Putting it on and taking it off every day is good experience for their future of being bridled, too.
This little guy has happily been rehomed, and the lasting damage is nowhere near as bad as it looks in the photos here.
From the article:
His owner, Pascale Musk, was charged under section four of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 with failure to adjust or remove the head collar which led to Star’s injuries.
She received a three-year ban from owning or keeping horses after she was found guilty of the offences at St Albans Magistrates’ Court in August this year.
She should have been made to wear skintight jeans and force fed for a few months IMO. THAT would be a fitting (or maybe not fitting anymore haha) punishment for this outright neglect!