Originally Posted by greenie
I hear about the importance of buying a new collar so it can conform to a specific horse's neck properly. I've heard swapping collars is like (humans) swapping shoes, and you're setting the horse up for a sore neck. I'm assuming a used collar is okay as long as it is not totally compressed so it will still have some ability to conform? Sound logic, or faulty? I need to save $ where I can, new stuff is pricey, but I don't want to sacrifice my horse's comfort.
A well made collar that fits properly will be fine for your horse, regardless if it is used or new.
The fashion in which the collar sits on the horse's neck does not lend itself to forming a mold so to speak.
Using the human shoe analogy, it would be more akin to "switching big mittens" between folks, as the collar should be allowed to move some, even in draft. Brodhead Collar Shop
has plenty of inexpensive new collars that will last for years with light work. Try the #60 tick face collar