HEC Hybrid Halter sizing runs from foal through to draft size. The resources below will help you find the right size for YOUR horse.
“Horses have been some of my best friends on earth since I was a little girl. It is my absolute pleasure to dress them so that they can look smart and be better understood by their humans.”
– Sara Johnson, owner HEC
General size guidelines
If you are close to the maximum of a size - go up one size for best results. Your horse is not worried that his head is too big and most people who exchange exchange for a larger size, as normal headcollars are not fitted like the Hybrid.
Cobs, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses birth to weaning. Sport horses and larger breeds up to 40 days old.
Minis, Small Shetland Ponies
Measurement (Maximum) Nose: under 18" Dee to Dee: under 28"
Larger foals approaching weaning, small ponies under 12 hands. Section A.
Measurement (Maximum) Nose: 18- 20" Dee to Dee: 28-34"
Yearling horses and Section B ponies. 12 - 13 hands
Measurement (Maximum) Nose: 20-21" Dee to Dee: 34-36"
Small headed adult Quarter Horses, average headed 2-year-olds, Section C and smaller Arabians. Petite headed horses.
Measurement (Maximum) Nose: 21-22" Dee to Dee: 36-38"
Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Paints and Thoroughbreds, Morgans, Mustangs, Gypsies, smaller Warmbloods. Over 14.2 but under 15.2 with average sized jowls or petite horses with larger jaws. Equivalent to a Cob size.
Measurement (Maximum) Nose: 22-24" Dee to Dee: 38-40"
Horses over 15 hands that do not have particularly small refined heads. Sport Horses, Large Jowled Horses, Mules. Equivalent to a Full.
Measurement (Maximum) Nose: 24-26" Dee to Dee: 40-44"
For medium drafts and most draft crosses. Over 17 hands. Will not fit large draft horses.
Measurement (Maximum) Nose: 26-28" Dee to Dee: 44-50"
I suggest all horses under a size small or with a large jaw be measured individually for best fit. I am happy to review photos for fit, both before and after purchase.
Use a soft measuring tape or a string to take measurements of your horse if you are unsure of his size from our breed/height guidelines.
DID I get the right size?
Received your new headcollar and looking for guidance? Here it is...
Your new halter will break in over the first week of use. The rope undercarriage will loosen approximately 10-15% under the chin. In general, if you can get the halter on and buckle it, it will finish off to be a perfect fit even if it is a little snug initially. You can hasten this process by hand tightening the nose knots as well.
Ideal clearance under chin is at least one finger of space. If you have a good fit in the jowl and poll, but four fingers of gap, you'll also be fine. The HYBRID has a wide latitude of effectiveness based on sizing, it being looser around the nose will not have any detrimental effects.
I am happy to lookup purchase records if you email me. There is a fabric size tag inside the poll on our nylon range. On our leather range, you will find a letter stamped on the underside of the near side poll strap representing its size (A for Average, L for Large, etc).
Send an email message with your request and I will send you return instructions and help get you in the proper size. Photos are greatly appreciated for fitting guidance.
For young growing horses I often recommend you choose a nylon halter from our range and then when they are within striking distance of their adult size, invest in their leather headcollar.
Yes there is. While the body size is the same across styles - our leather range has double buckle adjustment, whilst the nylon range is a single buckle. The leather therefore offers greater fit flexibility. It can also offer the ability to put a different sized poll onto the body which can be a useful technique for hard to fit horses.
All size adjustment is done through the buckling of the poll - you do not need to do anything to adjust the halter apart from put it on and attach your lead rope.