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post #1 of 16 Old 03-27-2020, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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I'm Bored. I Like Tack. Show Me Your Headstall.

COVID boredom....

Fancy, utilitarian, old, new....

Show me your headstall and your beautiful horses' faces!
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-27-2020, 09:05 PM
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Here are the ones I use day to day. Chosen mostly because my horses have odd size heads, and these are the ones that fit without a lot of excess hanging out of the buckles.

Skippy has a simple one strap rig around the head. I’ve lately taken to tying the poll of the headstall to the halter with a leather Whang to keep it from slipping off in some sort of emergency. A trick I learned from Horseforum folks.

Pinatubo has a small head. The only headstallll in my collection that fits is a nylon hardware store type.

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post #3 of 16 Old 03-27-2020, 11:17 PM
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This is my all time favorite headstall, I finally own it :)
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-28-2020, 09:35 AM
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This is my favorite one that I've made so far.
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post #5 of 16 Old 03-28-2020, 12:25 PM
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My photobucket is being weird, so I'll try to upload directly. (sorry that two of them are sideways....)

Shotgun has the red headstall.

Red got to wear his new turqouise headstall a couple times.

Dexter got "graduated" to the zebra headstall!
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post #6 of 16 Old 03-28-2020, 02:41 PM
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Here is one of my favorites:
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post #7 of 16 Old 03-30-2020, 04:56 PM
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My 1/2 mare, Star (RIP) - Steve Suitron headstall & Jeremiah Watt bit

My QH Mare with her Jeremiah Watt Bit (yea, I like his bits, LOL):

My filly with her snaffle

Trainer's horse ... don't know who made the headstall, but Jeremiah Watt Bit
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-30-2020, 06:18 PM
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My husband has made some really spectacular headstalls but this one is probably my favorite. He slapped it out of some scrap latigo not lined and stitched. Edges aren't rubbed. Added some cheap nickel dots and pyramids with a pretty sterling square cart buckle.
It fits everything as the adjustment has a wide range and has a big slit for the ear.
It is one that gets a lot of compliments despite being so simple but pretty and functional.
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-06-2020, 04:15 PM
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Well. It's not MY headstall. It's Trigger's. I may have bought it for him, but I bought it for him because I know his weirdness: Too much fussing with his ears freaks him out. He's so, so much better now than he was when I bought it though. He doesn't tense up much at all any more.

It's a single ear with rawhide braiding, so easy to get on and off. Minimal ear manipulation required.

I admit I also couldn't walk away from it because I liked how it felt. I'm a very tactile person - if it feels cheap, I'm not going to want it. That headstall did not feel cheap at all. I was at Paul Taylor's in Pilot Point, on a tack haul... and made the mistake of touching it. The leather was soooo soft and so thick at the same time. Price tag was 69.00. I had a heart attack, put it back. Shopped some more. Kept coming back to it. I know 70 bucks isn't a LOT of money for GOOD tack - that was dirt cheap for the quality, but... That was three years ago. I was just then getting the courage to ride him. 70 bucks was a lot of money for a horse I didn't know I'd ever be able to ride. Sure I could have used it for Gina or any other horse, but I wasn't thinking about that at the time.

It's 3 years old in the picture. Bit is a Cactus Saddlery life-saver mouth piece. Reins are 8ft split reins - paid 12 bucks for them the same day I bought the headstall because that batch of leather took a tiger stripe type color to the dye, so they were considered seconds. But they too felt GOOD and they're thick and heavy without being awkward to hold.

Breast collar is a Bar H... and I bought it on eBay to resell... and then I touched it. Same leather quality as his headstall.... and matches. Ended up keeping it.
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-07-2020, 01:58 PM
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I have one for everyday use and one for special occasions.
The first is an older picture (she uses a different bit now). It is a headstall by Weaver.
The second one I have is her fancy one. I bought it from a HUGE yardsale new for $45. I've had it for a year and it still hasnt fallen apart. I don't know the brand though...
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Change and starbuster like this.
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