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.
There are some items around the barn that I feel like I’ve started to take for for granted. Even though I might pick up something to use each and every day, I sometimes forget to pause to give it the credit it is really due.
Take halters for example — without them even simple tasks like bringing my horse in from the pasture, grooming him or holding him for the farrier would be tough. And while a halter might be pretty simple, there are several characteristics that every one should have.
Any halter that I use on my horses should be in good working order. After all, safety is my number one priority!
In addition, every halter should fit well on the horse it is worn on. Each of my horses have their own halters, which have been adjusted to fit them. But the crownpieces also adjust in case I need to swap around halters to share between them.
And I’m always someone who also wants items to be visually appealing. While appearance is not as important as fit and function, I do want to see a halter that looks nice on my horses. It doesn’t need to be flashy, but should add to their appearance rather than detract from it.
Recently, I’ve been using the Beta and Cotton Safety Halter on my gelding Rufus. This particular halter seemed like it would be a good fit for him, particularly after he broke his traditional leather halter. And it was even his special one with his nameplate!
A few months ago, Roo spooked when I was grooming him and started to pull back. He got even more freaked out when he felt additional pressure from his halter on his head, and he kept pulling until it the cheekpieces snapped off of the crownpiece.
I was very happy to start using the Beta and Cotton Safety Halter on Rufus after “the halter incident.” The halter is crafted out of a heavy cotton webbing, which has been combined with durable beta around the sturdy brass hardware.
While I’ve been a traditionalist when it comes to halters, I found that I really enjoy using a cotton halter. A traditional leather halter requires more care and cleaning than a cotton halter. I simply wipe down the beta sections with a sponge or towel to keep them clean.
The Beta and Cotton Safety Halter is also easy to adjust to get a fit that is “just right.” The crownpiece is adjustable on one side, with a beta section that has holes in it. I’ve found that it is very easy to adjust, and the end tucks nicely into a buckle.
I like how the cotton parts of the halter feel nice against the skin, yet very durable at the same time. It is also a good thing that the cotton is available in dark colors — black, hunter green and navy — which means that they don’t show much in the way of barn dirt!
However, one of the most important features of the Beta and Cotton Safety Halter for me personally, is a safety feature. There is an easily replaceable breakaway tab located under the adjustable end of the crownpiece, which helps to make the halter safe and convenient.
I’ve found the Beta and Cotton Safety Halter to work really nicely for Rufus. The brass tone hardware helps to give the Beta and Cotton halter a nice appearance, and it also feels durable during use. The under the chin strap is easy to snap on and off of the ring on the side of the halter, and it functions wonderfully.
Overall, I’ve been very happy with the fit, function and appearance of the Beta and Cotton Safety Halter. The halter definitely adds a little something to Roo’s appearance, and I’m happy to have the peace of mind of knowing that the breakaway tab is there … even though I haven’t seen in action (yet!)
The Beta and Cotton Safety Halter is available from Perri’s Leather. It is available in Cob, Horse and Oversize, in a number of colors, for either a fun or conservative look. Each halter has a retail price of $59.95, and you can find it here.
Go safe and eye catching halters. Go Perri’s. Go Eventing.