Say hello to sleek European designs, Swarovski crystals, tooled leather and intricate conchos—the halter game has changed. These premium brands of high-end halters offer exceptional designs above and beyond the average nylon halter.
Heritage Brand sets a high standard for the western performance horse world. Each piece of tack is handmade in Oregon. This family-run business stands by their quality unlike any other. Heritage Brand offers custom orders and one-of-a-kind designs from their Couture Collection. Pictured: Halter #19 from the Couture Collection; $449.00. www.heritagebrand.com
The allure of a halter from Double J Saddlery is an enticing purchase. Double J is a third-generation family business based out of Yoakum, Texas. Halters by Double J feature decorative tooled leather with crystals, accent conchos, and colorful paint. Brown Vintage Floral Tooled Rope Halter; $200.00. www.doublejsaddlery.com
Deanna Sheffield is the one-woman show behind The Cowboy Junkie tack. She has been painting tack since 2005 and is truly an original creator. Her custom-painted tack is designed to last and doesn’t chip or fade over time. A bronc halter from The Cowboy Junkie can be completely customized. If you can dream it, Sheffield can draw and paint it. Serape Fringe Halter; $159.99. www.cowboyjunkietack.com
20×60 focuses on bringing European style to American customers. The Wellington-based company is a distributor for the Dutch brand Premiera. Premiera halters offer a variety of options, such as extra padding, sparkling crystals and patent leather. The Vienna Pad- ded Leather Halter is a popular favorite at 20×60. The braided leather adds a touch of elegance and refinement to the leather. Premiera Vienna Halter; $119.95. www.20×60.com
The Mademoiselle Stable Halter from CWD features a padded, anatomical-shaped headstall with a thin foam layer that ensures ultimate comfort for the horse. The throatlatch is removable, featuring buckles on both sides for quick detachment. The halter is available in black or brown with customiza- ble color piping. Engraving is also an option. Mademoiselle Stable Halter; $325.00. www.cwdsellier.com
This article about high-end halters originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine. Click here to subscribe!