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Halters: Quillin vs Walsh vs Albright's vs Tack Shack of Ocala vs Horse Cents

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  • Halters: Quillin vs Walsh vs Albright's vs Tack Shack of Ocala vs Horse Cents

    I've decided that the ponies need new everyday halters and I would like to make the move away from nylon. (They already have show halters). I know that COTH loves Quillin, but I've read on here good things about Albright's and Tack Shack of Ocala and Horse Cents, too, and my own personal favorite has always been Walsh.

    So how do these all compare to each other? This would be a halter used nearly every day, probably left out in the open to get dusty, and likely exposed to water in the summer (bath time). They would not be used for turnout.

    The styling I want would be available from all the companies, and pricing is close enough that it will not be a deciding factor. Walsh is the only brand with which I have personal experience, so I really need some help here.

    One thing I do NOT like is the greasy/oily feel of heavily oiled tack, and I know that most of these halters have been oiled. Except for Walsh, do they have the "well-oiled" feel?

    Thanks so much!
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    I stick with Walsh because of their durability. I've got several that are probably 20 years old and still going strong. And, they haven't been treated well at all, I'll tell you. It doesn't hurt that they are show quality, on top of their durability.

    Sure, you pay a bit more. But they outlast all the other halters, in my opinion, so well worth it.
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    • #3
      I use Quillins for all my horses (and as I breed, we go through many, in different sizes , for each one). The Quillins halters are very beautiful and I like that you can completely customize them (eg with or without snap at throatlatch, with or without adjustable noseband, with 1 or 2 buckles at the crown, etc), and for the weanlings I like the ones with the rolled nosebands.

      Generally, I think they last 2 to 3 years with heavy use - baths, etc - and no special care. I am sure if I babied them a bit more they would last much longer.

      They do have a bit of an oily feel when you first get them, but saddle soap removes the excess and in any event that feel fades within a few days anyway. The oil preserves the leather and prevents cracking and breakage so it is necessary, I think.
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      • #4
        I love Quillins and 100% agree with YankeeLawyer for all the points listed.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
          I stick with Walsh because of their durability. I've got several that are probably 20 years old and still going strong. And, they haven't been treated well at all, I'll tell you. It doesn't hurt that they are show quality, on top of their durability.

          Sure, you pay a bit more. But they outlast all the other halters, in my opinion, so well worth it.
          Me too.

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          • #6
            Surprise Surprise Tack Shack Makes Walshes Halters !!

            I have personally talked with them , cause I remember when they were a smaller place , but they now make Walsh Halters. I have Tack SHack Halters before I knew they did Walsh---- YOU cannot go wrong witht them. They are a great shop. One time someone shipped me a pair of boots and I thought wo hoo
            my Momn got me a gift, they were the right size and for winter!!

            Turns out Tack Shack has another me somewhere in cold country too!
            So I said give me the correct address and I will ship it to them , since sending the boots back to FL when they were supposed to be in PA instead would have to the expecting owner so much longer. Tack Shack apopreciated it so much they made a halter with my fam Name plate and all!

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            • #7
              toss my vote for tack shack, KY halter, Ocala prices.
              Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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              • #8
                I always had Walsh halters and think they are beautiful, but was turned on to Quillin a number of years ago and made the switch!

                My horse has a six year old Quillin halter for everyday and that includes turnout (he's a rolling enthusiast so it takes some abuse, lol.)

                A little glycerin soap on a damp sponge and it still cleans up and looks great. No cracking around the hardware, and the the leather is still nice and supple.

                I think they are a great bargain as they are considerably less expensive than the Walsh halters, at least around here. But you couldn't go wrong with either one.
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                • #9
                  I became a quillins fan when my rescue gelding came with an absolutely *disgusting* halter. I nearly threw it out, but for some reason decided to spend an hour scrubbing the crap out of it. It cleaned up to the point of looking new, and when I could read the writing stamped on it, I ordered one for my other horse
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                  • #10
                    The track halter from Tack Shack is an awesome deal. If the quality is as nice as the Walsh halters I might buy a few especially since it comes with the engraved plate included in the price! Looks like it will be about $60 as opposed to $75-100 for the Quillin/Walsh. I need some nice looking halters they can go out and play with and I really hate nylon.

                    Anyone know how the sizing runs? Is the Mare/Full option pretty standard for most horses?

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                    • #11
                      Interesting....I was going to say that the Tack Shack halters look exactly like the Walsh halters

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                        Originally posted by sweetpea View Post
                        I have personally talked with them , cause I remember when they were a smaller place , but they now make Walsh Halters. I have Tack SHack Halters before I knew they did Walsh---- YOU cannot go wrong witht them. They are a great shop.

                        Wait, really? Walsh has their halters made by Tack Shack?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by WorthTheWait95 View Post
                          The track halter from Tack Shack is an awesome deal. Looks like it will be about $60 as opposed to $75-100 for the Quillin/Walsh. ?
                          A Quillin warmblood sized sale halter, with a throat snap and a plate, is $57.40.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sweetpea View Post
                            I have personally talked with them , cause I remember when they were a smaller place , but they now make Walsh Halters. I have Tack SHack Halters before I knew they did Walsh---- YOU cannot go wrong witht them.
                            I wish I'd known that before i bought a Quillins. =P Could have saved like $20. Oh well.

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                            • #15
                              Tack Shack Ocala ALL THE WAY

                              I have both Quillin and Tack Shack. I prefer the Tack Shack Halters. The customer service is fantastic and the halter quality is superb. My Tack Shack halters handle abuse and still look great. In all honesty, see which place is cheaper for what you want and you will get a great halter from either TS or Q.

                              ***Side note...shipping can add up really fast, but TS of Ocala gives you free shipping on any internet order of $50 or more****
                              Beth

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by YankeeLawyer View Post
                                Generally, I think they last 2 to 3 years with heavy use - baths, etc - and no special care. I am sure if I babied them a bit more they would last much longer.
                                Ditto on Quillins. The oldest of mine are eleven years old. Never been babied. Once a year they get scrubbed with dish soap and water. They're used for turn-out, bathing, everything. These ones are obviously not show halters anymore (I keep a couple halters for that purpose - Quillins of course) but still look better than any other leather halter I've had for more than a year and much better than any nylon halter I've had for more than a couple months.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Anne View Post
                                  A Quillin warmblood sized sale halter, with a throat snap and a plate, is $57.40.
                                  That's great but I want a track halter, not a sale halter.

                                  The track halter and all the 'extras' such as a snap throat, triple stitch, etc that I want from Quillin's is $80. The one from the tack shack looks to be identical with a few nice extras like the fancy stitch pattern on the crown and is cheaper.

                                  It's this one. The base price is fine (although still $10 more expensive) but I need to add every 'extra' they offer:
                                  http://quillin.com/jshop/product.php?xProd=1024&xSec=28

                                  As opposed to the tack shack at $57.85 after adding the one line plate and throat snap:
                                  http://www.tackshackocala.com/3042.html

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                                  • #18
                                    I have both Quillin's and Walsh. I like them both, sometimes the Quillins are that oily feel that I don't like. It seems to depend on which halter you use of theirs. I like the look of the Walsh a little better.

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                                    • #19
                                      I've never had a Walsh, but my Albright's halter kicks ass on my Quillin halters. My show halter is a Quillin (purchased before I discovered Albright) but the two daily-use halters (one Quillin, one Albright) are still in the Celebrity Halter Fight Club, and the Albright inches further ahead every single day.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by WorthTheWait95 View Post
                                        The track halter from Tack Shack is an awesome deal. If the quality is as nice as the Walsh halters I might buy a few especially since it comes with the engraved plate included in the price! Looks like it will be about $60 as opposed to $75-100 for the Quillin/Walsh. I need some nice looking halters they can go out and play with and I really hate nylon.

                                        Anyone know how the sizing runs? Is the Mare/Full option pretty standard for most horses?
                                        My hunter wears the mare size and I picked up a shorter crown piece to make it fit optimally, BUT I'm frickin' anal about not having the crown piece leather overlap that brass circle below the buckle (some of us pick strange things to be OCD about) and this horse usually needs cob cheekpieces for a horse bridle to fir perfectly. Truthfully the regular crown would have worked fine if his OCD owner could stand a halter on the 3rd hole, both sides.

                                        Also a little hint - their default is (IIRC) to put snap side down which is my preference. If you like it snap side up, let them know. Last but not least, the sale halter, unlike some, does come with a triple stitched noseband. I *think* the only difference between sale and track is the fancy stitched crown (and of course the stallion cheek option)...
                                        Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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