Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.
Generally speaking, I’m what you would call a practical girl. I focus in on function…because above all else, I appreciate a job well done. It doesn’t matter how pretty or fancy something is. If it doesn’t work properly, then it serves no purpose.
On the flip side, I really do gravitate towards things that are a little fancy or a bit flashy. The things that we use in everyday life can be a bit drab at times. When something used everyday gets “dressed up” with a few extra details, the result can be something special.
There is a definite balance between appearance and usefulness…aka, fashion versus function, if you will. I can be tricky find products that find just the right balance between the two. Being designed to meet the rigors of everyday life. But looking fabulous all the while!
Historically, whenever I’ve gone out to the barn to catch one of my horses, it was an activity that I didn’t think too much about. I grabbed their halter…their traditional leather halter with brass nameplate…and walked out to bring them in to the barn.
The act of brining my horse in was the focus. I never really paid too much attention to the halter or lead; so long at they were in good working order, I was unconcerned with how they looked. After all, a halter is a halter (is a halter)…right?
And then I caught a glimpse of the Twisted Leather Halter from Perri’s Leather. I was left with the impression of understated elegance…because the first word that sprang into my mind was ‘Fancy!’. I believe I also might have said it aloud as well!
The Twisted Leather Halter definitely has a unique appearance. It really is a fancy take on the traditional leather halter, for the nose piece and the crown piece each feature a twisted section of leather, which is visible on either side of the face.
All of the traditional features of a leather halter can be found in the Twisted Leather Halter. It is crafted using top quality leather, and features solid brass fittings. In addition, the halter also features a double buckle crown, adjustable chin, and also a snap at the throatlatch.
The first time that I picked up the Twisted Leather Halter, I was left with the impression that the leather is soft, supple, and of very nice quality. Plus, I always love the aroma of leather. The solid brass fittings also feel quite sturdy, as though they will hold up to everyday use.
When I tried the halter on my young gelding Roo, he looked oh so very lovely. The Twisted Leather Halter helped my fancy boy look…well, a little fancier still! And it is a fancy that looks just a great for a gelding as it does a mare (so not a specifically “girly” fancy).
I was glad to see is that the twisted parts of the nose band are well placed. And by that, I mean that they reside on the area on either side of the nose. Which means that when I apply pressure to the halter, that Roo does not feel the twisted leather on his nose.
The leather was soft and pliable enough that it was easy for me to adjust the fit of the halter for Roo’s head. Not only was I able to adjust the crownpiece, but also the chin to get just the right fit for the size of his head.
Through a lot of everyday use around the barn, the Twisted Leather Halter has stayed looking fabulous…while it does the everyday job of a halter. And to keep the leather well cared for and looking great, I use Perri’s Potion to keep it clean and conditioned.
Perri’s Potion is a cleaner and condition that helps to nourish leather. It also has a specially formulated neutral color, which works to keep leather supple, well preserved, and weatherproofed so that it keeps on functioning great.
I’ve found that Perri’s Potion is easy to use. I start by using a clean sponge and water to wipe down the halter. Next, I take a soft cloth to apply some Perri’s Potion in small, circular motions. Finally, I use another clean cloth to finish buffing the leather.
After the use of Perri’s Potion on the Twisted Leather Halter, I find that the leather has a subtle shine to it. Plus, it also feels soft and supple to me. I do like that the Potion does not have a strong aroma to it, and I only smell leather once I use it to clean the halter.
I’ve been very happy with both the function and the appearance of the Twisted Leather Halter. Not only does it hold up to the daily rigors of barn life; it also helps to make my “pony” a little extra fancy. And the use of Perri’s Potion helps it keep looking great.
The Twisted Leather Halter is available from Perri’s Leather in Cob, Horse and Oversize, in either Black or Havana. The halter retails for $99.95, and you can find it here. And I have to call out that many of Perri’s Leather products are MADE IN THE USA. Perri’s Potion is available in a 6oz container that retails for $11.95, and you can find it here.
Go Fancy + Functional Leather Halters. Go Perri’s Leather. Go Eventing.