So in full disclosure I have received a free halter in exchange for this review. However, I will not lie and had I not liked I would have let them know and asked if they still wanted me to post.
These halters are made of biothane- a product I have never heard of so I had to research it. From the Two Horse website:
Beta BioThane® is a web coated nylon that is quite simply the best material available in the equine marketplace. It is stronger and more durable than nylon or leather. It is also easy to clean and completely hassle free. It is soft, supple & extremely pliable. A must have for any equestrian as it has a better feel than leather or nylon. It is more comfortable for not only the rider but the horse as well.Apparently it's used in harness and endurance tack. It also comes in all sorts of fun colour. When I was choosing my halter I was sorely tempted by the purple one but since I still wasn't sure I chickened out and ordered the black in 'horse' size (it comes in mini to draft sizes and they will even make a custom one). Based on the website you can get a halter/lead combo so it all matches.
To be honest I thought that once they saw that I lived in Canada that they would decide it was too expensive to ship. But I was wrong and the halter arrived the other day. I was immediately impressed with the quality of the halter. It took a second look to determine that it was not leather. The halter was soft, pliable and not at all plastic looking. The hardware was solid and nice too.
|at first glance this looks like quality leather. I like stainless steel|
hardware and it seems to be of nice quality
The next step was to try it on. Coincidentally my ring was pretty clear of snow so I decided to work Carmen in the new halter. One of my 'issues' with lunging in a halter is how loose the nose band is. I think that the flapping around and/or tugging with the line is not comfortable. However, with the buckle on the nose I could adjust it to where I liked it. Also, given Carmen's head shape it was nice to be able to fit the crown and nose separately.
|I totally could have pulled off the purple one but you would need|
to get a different coloured lunge line!
You can see that she needed the crown let out a bit and the nose brought in. I might even try another hole tighter on the nose to see what she thinks. If I ever get to the point of attaching a lead to the halter to ride this would be perfect.
|I do like the black one on her but can we take a minute to appreciate how mature she looks?|
- It looks well made and high quality
- I love the softness of the material and it's ease of cleaning.
- the price seems reasonable to me: $35 for the 'base model'
- So many options:
- all sizes and multiple widths- you can even get it custom made.
- so many colours
- you can swap out the stainless steel hardware for brass if you like ($3 more)
- there is an option for a black or brown leather crown piece for $5.
- matching lead lines or lunge lines (cut to the length you want)
I tried it on Irish and it didn't fit him as well as it did Carmen. It wasn't a terrible fit but not as good as I would like. If you have a horse with a TB type head I would recommend going up in size. The material is stated to be very strong. Because of this I will probably replace the crown piece with a leather one. I am fine to use it for lunging and things but I prefer that there is something that will break if the horse is trapped or panicked.
For me the final question is 'would I pay money for this product?' And the answer to that is 'yes' - I would definitely buy it!