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The headstall

The headstall goes over your horse's head. A bit (mouthpiece) is attached to it which goes in the horse's mouth. It is made out of leather or synthetic straps. There are various sizes:

- SS SHETLAND size (up to 11 h)

- PS PONY size (11 h to 13.3 h)

- CS COB size (13.3 h to 15.3 h)

- FS FULL size

It features one pair of straps which hold the bit in place and is therefore connected to only one pair of reins. The nosebands can come in various styles.












The bridle has two pairs of straps with one holding a curb bit and the other holding a snaffle bit and therefore two pairs of reins. The noseband is always a Cavesson type.
The curb bit and the snaffle bit must always be made of the same material.

















They are chosen based on the activity they are used for: dressage, cross-country, etc., as well as the rider's tastes, regarding the width and the texture. Whether they are smooth, canvas with rein stops or with a rubber grip, they must match the bridle and the noseband.

They come in two sizes: pony and horse.
Smooth reins are of an average width of 18 mm, they allow for more delicate contact. They are very popular for dressage.
The bridle reins are narrower and are not connected together with a buckle, but with stitching.
Canvas reins with stops are cheaper and easy to maintain. They provide a good grip, but wearing gloves is recommended.
Rubber reins are made of a black, white or brown sleeve covering a leather rein. They have a good grip, are easy to maintain and are efficient for jumping.


Besides the quality of their leather, headstalls are different from one another mainly by the noseband.
Its purpose is to restrict the opening of the horse's mouth and therefore reduce:
- the chances of the horse putting their tongue over the mouthpiece
- the chances of the mouthpiece falling out the side of the mouth for horses that do not turn easily.

According to their shape they will be more or less effective and they will have more or fewer disadvantages:
- Drop noseband: goes under the mouthpiece to avoid pinching the corners of the mouth, it is very efficient. However, it can sometimes compress the nostrils, it should therefore be avoided for hacking, trail riding, cross-country, etc.  
- Figure-eight noseband: also called a Grackle noseband, it consists of a figure of eight which crosses over the bridge of the nose. It is very popular in show jumping and cross-country.
- Flash noseband: this is a mixture between a "Cavesson" and a "Figure-eight". It can be used as a Cavesson by removing the bottom strap which simply slides through a central loop in the upper part.







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