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post #1 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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eared headstalls?

I was just wondering if they would come off easier than a browband headstall with a throatlatch. I'm going to get a tack set when I pick up my saddle tomorrow and I am deciding between an eared headstall or the browband type. This would be for willow and she can act a little silly in scary trail situations sometimes, so I need something that can stay on!
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 01:05 PM
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Yes they are more prone to coming off, my mom was riding my horse in the trails and a he flipped his head down to eat and it came off LOL good things he slow!! I would recomend for training and trail riding a browband/throat latch.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 01:09 PM
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I would definitely go browband.

I have had one ears flung off horse's heads if they throw their head or even do a good shake while standing still.

I also rode with a lady not two months ago, with a one ear and a snaffle, and the horse flung his head, lost his bridle and took off running for home (she was on the ground holding him at the time).

I personally feel one ears only work okay with a curb bit. Because then when you pull back, it will give some poll pressure and tighten the bridle a bit. I have noticed with a one ear and a snaffle, if you pull back, you get a gap in the bridle at the horse's poll, which makes it really easy to fling off.

So I'm sure there are some one ear believers out there or they wouldn't be so popular, but as a trail rider, I strongly prefer browband headstalls.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 01:16 PM
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I prefer one eared headstalls. In fact I have 5 of them. But I will say my gelding knows how to shake them off. But I have never had one come off my young horses. And If you like the looks of the one ear. You can always take some small rope and make a throat latch. I have seen many people do this. All they do is run it with the poll strap through the ear pieces and tie it once its on the horse. And it works just fine. And if you do like black string its not very noticable.
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 02:12 PM
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I have a one eared headstall, and the main reason I got it, was because it was so easy to put on and take off, with nothing to buckle or snap. I normally ride english, so I have several buckles to do up everytime I put a bridle on, and I wanted something easier. I've never had a problem with it, but I would never put it on an inexperienced horse, or one that was prone to throwing his head, or rubbing up on stuff. If you are trying to be safe, and that is your objective, definately go with a browband and throat latch type bridle.
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 03:31 PM
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Indeed, what they said!

Can't remember which catalog - but they had a slip ear with a throat latch. Unless you wanted to show the face off more, it'd be easier just to buy a brow band headstall.

I've got a lovely bunch of Neuticals,
There they are all standing in a row

Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 03:39 PM
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I have both a one ear with a throat latcha dn one without and i have never had any problems with either of them, I prefer them over browbands myself. I ride western pleasure, trails and i do gaming events and i use a one eared for all of it.
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 04:18 PM
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A brow band is preferred for young/training horses. The headstall stays more even and allows the pressure on the bit to maintain more steady.

I do have a one eared headstall for my "A" horse. I had the local leather craftsman add a throatlatch to ensure no accidential departure from his head!
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 04:47 PM
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I have a brow band headstall right now but before I got my horse the owner used a single ear headstall and I thought it was awesome! My horse has some pep to her and it didn't fall off.

I also love the "V" or knotted headstall.
So pretty :)
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-29-2010, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, I think just to be safe I will go with a browband for her. I like the look of the eared a lot but she also looks pretty with a browband, so maybe when I get more money I can buy a second eared headstall for arena work and such.
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