The Best Quality Leather Horse Head Collars & Dually Halters
Horse headcollars (also called halters) are an invaluable tool which should feature in your tack. They consist of a noseband and a headpiece that buckles around the horse's head, allowing him to be tied or led. However, it's important that they're used appropriately in order to avoid a horse becoming injured. Far too often, inexperienced riders don't pay nearly enough attention to headcollar safety, frequently placing their horses in harm's way.
The Equi Supermarket range features everything that you need to properly care for your horse. We offer the finest horse feeds and supplements, superior bedding, excellent horse rugs and an impressive collection of tack. Our range also includes a great choice of lether head collars and halters which we have chosen from the Bridleway, Amigo, Equilibrium, Woof Wear, LeMieux Equestrian collections. These are brands that you can trust to deliver the highest quality.
Head collar 101: What are they?
If you are a novice equestrian then you may be wondering why you need a head collar. Head collars are used to hold, lead and tie up horses. Horses should not be left unattended whilst wearing a headcollar or halter as it can get caught up on fences or door bolts and other objects.
Our head collar collection features both fabric and leather styles. We offer padded headcollars, headcollar and lead rope sets and fleece lined head collars. You can choose from an appealing range of colours to brighten up your life at the stable.
How to choose the right halter or head collar for your horse?
Horse head collars come in a variety of sizes from those suitable for foals through to adults sizes including pony, cob, full and extra full. The size you choose will depend on how many hands high your horse is and also the breed. Stockier breeds may have a larger head than slimmer breeds of the same height.
As with everything at Equi Supermarket, our head collars are priced to please. We always endeavour to offer the lowest prices so you can afford everything that you need. Our comprehensive range means that you can find everything you need in one place. If you have any question about our headcollars or anything else that we stock then please do speak to our friendly team.
Headcollar size matters
It's essential that the Head Collar you use fits your horse properly. If it's too short, it will be uncomfortably tight and may cause his skin to become irritated, or it could even lead to hair loss. Too loose and it might shift around your horse's face, slip over the nose or could get caught up on foliage and fences. This is especially the case for horse headcollars made from rope; they can cause pain if too tight or be incredibly dangerous if too loose.
If you're unsure what size headcollar to purchase for your horse, it makes sense to seek advice from friends who own horses. The sizes can vary but you will usually find Pony = small, Cob = medium, Full = large and Extra Full = extra large. Generally, headcollars will have buckled straps so you can make small changes to the get the right fit.
Should horse headcollars be worn in the field?
The answer to this is definitely not. You should never leave a horse headcollar on your horse when you release him unsupervised into their field or pasture. The same goes for a paddock, riding arena and even his stall. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, leaving a headcollar on your horse can cause irritation and discomfort. Secondly, it's easier for thieves to catch your horse. Thirdly, it is unsafe. Horses can get their headcollar hooked on a fence, branch or even catch their hoof when scratching. Just about any other obstruction can snag a headcollar. If this happens, your horse may panic, which could lead to physical injury and even mental scarring. He may become less trusting of horse headcollars and other tack which constricts his face in the future.
There are some headcollars which are designed to break away when they get caught up. However, although this makes using them in fields and pastures safer, I would still avoid doing so as it's just poor practice.
Tying a horse in a headcollar
Whilst it's not uncommon to tie a horse to a post, fence or outside the stable for a short time whilst attending to other tasks. It's not a good idea to leave him unattended for too long, no matter how well trained he is. This is down to safety again. If your horse gets panicked and pulls away from their headcollar, he may injure himself. A good tip is to attach some baling twine tied to the fence, post or metal rings. Then tie the lead rope to the baling twine. If the horse pulls away in a panic, then the twine will snap quickly and is easily replaceable
Also, a good habit to get into is using a quick release knot when tying up your horse. As the name suggests you can then quickly and easily release the knot by pulling the remaining amount of rope. A runaway horse is certainly annoying, but an injured horse is far worse (I'm talking from personal experience here!). So if given the choice of tying him up or allowing a panicked horse to get away, I would always prefer to worry about chasing a runaway horse! There are many reasons why your horse might fight being tied up. He could simply be stubborn, he could become anxious about something round him, or he may get bitten in a sensitive area by a horsefly. It can be very difficult to predict what could happen in the great outdoors.