I've been searching for probably about 2 months for good quality leather halters and I think I've hit a brick wall! So I'm hoping someone here can help me or lead me in the right direction.
My issue is, to start I need to order about 10 to 15 of each size, cob, horse and WB size so I'm trying to find where I can get these for wholesale prices, so far THAT part hasn't been an issue but as you can see I'm in Canada and everything I've found is all in the US and the shipping is what's getting me, the shipping ends up costing more than the product its self Any tips on how to get around this??
Honestly, despite the extra shipping charges from Quillin, you'd probably still get a better deal for the quality. Their $40 halters are the equivalent of many tack stores' $90+ halters. Next time I'm in the market for a new leather halter, that's where I'll be shopping.
Fennell's makes quality halters as well (I've had a few). I'd probably go there or Quillin depending on who would ship for the best price.
Also, if you have a little time, you can scout out ebay. Just make sure you get some extra pictures so you can tell if they are quality or not. I've gotten some great halter deals on there. And you can sometimes negotiate shipping.
I don't have any experience shipping stuff to Canada, but I do know that Quillin has amazing customer service. They have always found a way to get me what I need (even if it's not standard). I bet it would be worth a call to see if they can help you too.
If I can find the number for Caltack I will send you a pm. I'm not even sure they make halters on a regular basis, but I've had a few of their bridles and I've never been more pleased. And they are Canadian!
OKay - Quillon's is good. But, in their (Lexington, KY) area, so are Pinkston's, Clever With Leather, Kentucky Tack and a few others. What do they have in common? The thoroughbred business.
How close are you to any racetracks? There must be a magazine devoted to Canadian thoroughbred racing - find one and ask around who makes track halters. Can't be all Canadian stables buy their stuff in the states.
Dover Pro is made by Walsh. How do I know? I got one with one Dover and one Walsh buckle on it!!
I like these halters a lot and get all of our customers to order them. I have heard great things about Quillin, and will probably use them in the future, but it is so easy to just link the customers to the Dover webpage with these halters.
I agree - shipping kills the pleasure of a sale priced item, and the stress of the border - if they are or are not going to charge customs/GST and hold it up for ever....
Took all the fun out of e-bay, too.
Vic Bennett is a really wonderful, super, super custom saddle maker and he can surely put you in touch with the right person, or when I have been in Alberta, there is a newspaper rag that is in the tack shops and I saw lots of leather makers as I recall.
The only Western saddle I have ridden in that has not killed my knees was a Vic Bennett - so easy on my English-trained muscles.
Try some western stores...they have nice leather halters, although most don't come with the little adjustable strap under the chin. Personally, I don't like that setup anyway. The damn buckle is always getting caught up on the lead rope ring.