British Invasion: Buckle Nose Halters
Whether out on the trail or tacking up for a cross country round, most of us have been in a situation where we’re switching from a haltered horse to a bridled horse. There’s that somewhat terrifying moment where you put the reins over his head, unbuckle the halter, and wham–he’s standing there, in a 100-acre state park, with nothing more than a set of reins between him and a gallop at liberty.
Although most halters in the U.S. are pretty standard in their structure, European halters have a bit of variability that we appreciate. The buckle nose halter is very popular over there, often because of its aesthetics, but we like it because of the added safety feature–by unbuckling just the noseband of the halter, you can get the bit in your horse’s mouth without removing the whole halter from his head. No more heart-pounding moments of scrambling to get everything in place before he discovers his new-found freedom!
We’ve also found buckle nose halters are great for beginners who are still learning to take bridles on and off–or even for green horses who are learning the same.
It can be tricky to find buckle-nose halters here in the States, and even trickier to find one made of maintenance-free beta biothane. Our online shop carries this style in both leather and beta, for a reasonable $35. Give buckle nose a try today!