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.
"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."