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post #1 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Vaquero round nylon headstall - review?

I am tired of leather and am due to replace an existing headstall. I was thinking of going with biothane, but it's very difficult to get up here, expensive and I am absolutely not buying on line again. (I seem to get burned every time, so I give up.)

I trail ride. Currently using a french link, D-rings. I am likely going to try a very short shanked bit this spring, but that's not something engraved in stone. Just an experiment.

A store I trust has this headstall on sale for only $15 Cdn. and I'm thinking this is a good option for us. I'm looking for input/opinions from y'all.

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Sometimes that horsehair fringe thing that hangs down bothers horses, don't know if yours wouldn't mind it, but it does happen.
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I was looking to get one of those as an extra and read mixed reviews. Several of the usual horse supply catalogs offer it.
Some said it was ok/good for an extra and others said it just fell apart after only a few uses.
Since I seemed to find more negative reviews than positive, I went with something else.
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Waresbear: it definitely wouldn't bother her. I can hang bells on her face! LOL

Lockwood: thanks.

Anyone else?
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 09:20 PM
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I've got one in that style. I've had it for a few years now. In all honesty, I don't use it a lot so I can't vouch for its longevity with heavy usage. Otherwise, it's kept a good appearance, it's a comfortable fit and because it's synthetic it's easy to care for.

P.S. Just remembered - I found the brow band was a little snug for my "big face" horses but OK for the narrower ones.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 09:49 PM
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I've never used one but just judging from the picture, I wonder if it might be a problem if the horse has a super small head. The lower cheek pieces look like they're really long and if you have to adjust them for a small-headed horse, the buckles might end up somewhere close to the browband.

Again, never dealt with one, but judging from the picture.
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The browband was too snug on my Gelding to use more than once.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 10:53 PM
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A friend has used one for about 10 years on her arab and part arab. She is happy with it. She bo't the matching reins then realized she prefers leather reins.
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-27-2013, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm... well, I guess if I can't find biothane for a reasonable price, it's only $15... maybe I'll wait to buy the matching reins.

Thanks, everyone.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-30-2013, 05:52 PM
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I have that exact one in green. At the time that I got it, I just wanted something different, it was cheap and the green looked really good on my Palomino. I no longer use it as I have gone bitless, but I have no complaints about it. The best thing about it is that it is very adjustable. There are no pre-placed holes. You just poke the buckle through the material. At first I was not sure if that was a great idea, but I did not have any problems with it. For the money, I don't think you can go wrong.
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