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post #1 of 4 Old 04-13-2012, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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How to figure out what size bridles/halters/fly masks for a small headed horse?

Just as the title says.

My mare is 14.1 hands and has a pretty 'petite' head. I bought her a horse size halter and it is on the first hole and just a tad too big still. I wanted to get her pony size but then I feel like I'll get a mini sized halter. I just got a new headstall as well and I had to poke extra holes in it just so it will fit. So is there anyway to know for sure what size head gear to get for her? Or should I try cob sized? Or pony? It's pretty hard to find anything to fit her right off the bat...I end up having to poke several holes in everything. :S
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You might try a cob size. My Rocky gelding is 14.3 with a small head. I just ordered a cob size headstall because the bridle I have now just barely fits him (horse size) and I'd like to try out a different bit. Good luck!
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Definitely try cob size. Pony size might work but cob definitely will if horse size is just a smidge big.

Lacey's the same way. Horse/800-1000lb size is just a bit too big. Cob fits fine most of the time but sometimes it just doesn't. I'm working up the courage to buy something in pony size, just to see if it'll work. However, I haven't gotten that brave yet.

Anyway, try cob before doing anything pony sized. :)

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For bridles/headstalls and even halters, it is best to measure the horse's face.

Whether western or English, you need to know how large your horse's face is. I just measured recently and found out my boy who was in O/S (or Warmblood size) should be in Small Draft.. and boy it made a difference!

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