Halter sizes are the same variety as bridles: pony, cob, full. To shop our entire collection of horse and pony headcollars online click here. Many headcollar manufacturers provide weight guidelines on their packaging labels to help you determine the headcollar sizes in their headcollar line that are most appropriate for your horse. In general, if your horse requires a full size bridle, he’ll also require a full size headcollar. There are so many different makes Eskadron, John Whitaker, Lemieux, Shires, Horseware. We have just had the NEW Micklem headcollar in which has been designed using the Micklem technology for the ongoing comfort of your horse.
If your horse has a very narrow head, you may need to try a few headcollar sizes from several manufacturers to find the correct fit, or purchase a cob size halter to achieve a snug enough fit. In this instance, you’d need to be sure that the cheek pieces are long enough to accommodate the length of the horse’s face.
The noseband has to be adjusted snugly enough that the horse cannot get a foot or another object caught in it, but needs to be loose enough that he can open his mouth, chew and breathe freely. Use two to three fingers width between the noseband and your horse’s face as a guideline. Some nosebands do not have buckles for adjustment. If this is the case of your headcollar, take extra care to be sure that you can obtain the optimum position of the noseband by raising or lowering the crownpiece with buckle, and that the noseband isn’t too loose or too tight.
If the cheek pieces are looking to long or the crownpiece is adjusted too loosely, the noseband will sit too low on the horse’s muzzle. In this case, it may impair the horse’s breathing or in extreme cases, slip over the horse’s nose.
Properly fitted halter
The horse is able to open his mouth and chew, and the straps are positioned in comfortable locations. The halter is not so loose that when being handled, buckles or rings could slip into the horse’s eyes.
Poorly fitted halter
The horse could get a foot or other object caught in the loose straps. The halter will slip if the horse acts up while being handled with this halter.