Since apparently I’m the last blogger to get my review written and posted about my Two Horse Tack product, I’m going to try to avoid being super redundant! When I was contacted by Jacke about trying a Two Horse Tack product, I was initially kind of skeptical. As with any product I’m thinking about trying (whether for free for a review, or to purchase), I ran a quick Google search. While there didn’t seem to be any major issues with the quality of the products, it looks like there have been past problems with sizing and customer service in terms of dealing with those issues. I'm not getting into all that, ya'll can Google presumably.
I browsed the website to decide what I wanted, and was immediately drawn to the buckle nose halter. I have a few friends who swear by this design, but it's not super common in the US. I think this could be a really useful design when bridling Cinna away from home, as sometimes her default during tacking up is annoying giraffe who wants to go on walkabout.
|Nose buckle conveniently located on the side most people bridle from.|
I currently have nylon halters for daily use and some inexpensive (but decent) leather halters for horse shows/special occasions. All my horses (both the ones at home, and Ruby who is boarded out), are on all day turnout during the majority of the year, and their halters are hung up by their turnouts. Midwest weather is MURDER on nylon halters. Seriously. Especially if you’re someone like me who likes fun (aka bright) colors and matching things. I love to buy pretty teal halters, and then get super annoyed when the color lasts for like… 5 minutes.
|My pretty teal halter when it was new <3 also, bebe Ruby, haha|
|The great grey whale modeling my pretty teal nylon halter!|
|The same nylon halter 2 years later. Unattractive, but functional.|
|Not terribly helpful, TBH.|
|Good call on the size choice, yay!|
|Ruby digs modeling for me.|
|Before I adjusted it up on one side, oops... haha.|
|On an actual TB -- mmmmm, 'lil too big in the nose, even though the crown could be adjusted better.|
|Workable! On a horse that actually does wear a cob bridle.|
If I’m being picky (and I am, because fundamentally that’s who I am as a person), I would say the nose buckle section is a tad bit too large for my particular horse (which I could fix by placing a custom sized order), and the stitching is a little… well, not pretty. I think it’s more noticeable because it’s black thread on turquoise – if it were black on black or white on white, I probably wouldn’t have noticed. My last concern was that the buckle hardware on the noseband isn't quite laying flat, but I hope that is just a side effect of the “newness” and should self-resolve as the halter breaks in.
|The horizontal stitching lines are a little jarring, visually.|
|DH said the first thing he noticed was the stitching being a little... not pretty. And he's not super observant, as a general rule.|
|I'm not sure if it translated well in a photo, but the buckle doesn't lay completely flat.|
|Ugly nylon halter will be relegated to a spare trailer halter.|
Overall GradePrice: 5/5 (Biothane in general is comfortably priced between nylon and leather, and Two Horse Tack offers extremely competitive pricing for biothane tack. At $35, the buckle nose halter falls in the middle ground between a $20 nylon halter and a $50 leather halter, using prices from my local TSC, plus I think the buckle nose is an added perk!)
Quality/Durability: 4.5/5 (I would recommend a little more care with the stitching, or perhaps offering thread that matches the biothane, so the stitching isn't as noticeable? Maybe I'm the only one in the world who notices things like that, IDK.)
Color Options: 5/5 (Not only do they offer a rainbow of colors, they offer BLING. Ya'll know I love me some bling!)
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Update: use the coupon code THT407 for 10% off!
4/8/18: Still using this halter on a daily basis, and it still looks great! Absolutely no issues with it, and it still looks brand new (or would if I ever bothered to try to clean it up, lol).
|Ruby wearing the halter on a super gross winter day last month.|