Best leather headcollars 2020: Horse & Hound’s tester ranks her favourites

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  • Many horse owners favour leather headcollars over synthetic varieties. They are considered safer, as the leather should break under pressure, and they are often more comfortable for the horse, especially ergonomic styles. A good leather headcollar also looks very smart, and should be long-lasting if cared for correctly.

    Horse & Hound has been working with a number of professional riders, trainers and yards to put a range of products to the test in a busy yard environment. And here are the results…

    Horse & Hound’s pick of the best leather headcollars 2020


    LeMieux Anatomic headcollar

    RRP £59.95

    LeMieux Anatomic headcollar review

    “I think this headcollar was the most comfortable and the leather wore really well, becoming increasingly soft with use.”


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    John Whitaker Chicago perforated leather headcollar

    RRP £55

    John Whitaker Chicago perforated leather headcollar review

    “This headcollar fitted well and I liked the shaped headpiece and the perforations. The clips on each side of the throatlash made it really easy to keep control of the horse while washing off their head. It was easy to adjust, the horses seemed to be comfortable and it stayed looking new.”


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    Stübben leather headcollar

    RRP £75

    “This headcollar looked really high quality and really well made, but the throat clip caused a split of opinions on the yard.”


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    Albion patent leather padded headcollar

    RRP £253.34

    Albion patent leather padded headcollar review

    “I thought this one was very smart and I really liked the style — I couldn’t wait to use it.”


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    Döbert classic leather headcollar

    RRP £69

    Döbert classic leather headcollar review

    “The headcollar fitted well, but much better after use when the leather softened — I think it probably got more comfortable with time and conditioning, too.”


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    Glaze & Gordon deluxe leather headcollar

    RRP £43.99

    Glaze & Gordon deluxe leather headcollar review

    “The headcollar had an adjustable noseband, which was handy. It wasn’t padded or shaped, but it did have beautiful stitching.”


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    Shires Blenheim leather travel headcollar

    RRP £43.99

    Shires Blenheim leather travel headcollar review

    “This headcollar looked smart and I liked padded noseband and headpiece, but I did find that the horses sweated more in this one.”


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    Meet the product tester

    Tamsin Addison is an Irish international grade V para dressage rider. Previously a successful event rider, Tamsin overcame bone cancer at the age of 21 and became the first person in the world to regrow the humerus bone in her upper arm. She then switched to para dressage and, alongside riding and training, runs a very smart livery and rehabilitation yard in Buckinghamshire.

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