A Look at Red Haute Horse Halters
I am very grateful to Red Haute Horse for this custom made design. It actually uses a design from their Yellow Dog Design “Caution” line.
As my horse is blind, and you can’t really tell when you see him with a flymask on that he has this condition, or when he’s just out for a walk. This has caused us some issues, which is why I asked if it could be made, and luckily the answer was yes! I have used this for in-hand time out, and under saddle with a Stark Naked Bit.
He’s so darn cute.
That’s one big plus of working with a small company that makes their own products. So far this halter has gotten lots of second looks, and allowed me to not only tell people about this great company, but about the different reason horses go blind, and that they can still have long, happy, useful lives.
Thanks again for custom making this one Red Haute Horse!
“I’m not blind but it still looks good on me!”
Now, we’re on to the drafts! The large size fit my draft mare just right, but I needed to step to Draft for the gelding. Both the Brown Kilt, and Blue Radiance patterns arrived in the large size. The Blue Radiance had Red Haute Horse’s breakaway feature. While it is not recommended to leave a halter on a turned out horse, sometimes it may be necessary, and this is where the breakaway feature comes in. You can see it in the following picture by the crown piece buckle – the light toned leather.
“The Brown Kilt was very nice on a black horse, even if she wasn’t being super cooperative.”
“I like the halter, I’m just not into a photoshoot.”
You know what they say about working with kids and animals.[blockquote align=”right” pull=”yes” italic=”yes”]As a side-note – Yellow Dog Design has great Celtic designs in the dog collars! I hope more will make their way to the halters.[/blockquote]
The Blue Radiance looked very nice on my larger percheron. You can clearly see the breakaway piece near the crown. It’s a great safety measure if you horse gets caught on a fence or tree. I have even heard of horses getting hooves caught in halters while scratching. I’m sure your veterinarian could tell you some horror stories. This would be a good safety feature for horses in training, or ones that have issues due to poor training or abuse. It’s important to have a breakaway piece on any horse that will be turned out with their halter, or have it on 24/7. Red Haute even has replacement pieces should you need them so you don’t have buy a whole new halter.
You can see that even extending each dimension this halter was a bit snug, so I should have asked for the Draft size. But the color is fantastic, and the design is really lovely. Even this horse’s male rider liked both Large designs. His only negative was that the lower piece with lead snap ring isn’t fixed at the front or back, and could move all the way to the cheek pieces. That is just a personal preference though. He commented several times about how nicely made they were and how the metal pieces are much better and sturdier than many of the other halters we have.
At the end of the day, I not only have no issue recommending these great halters to anyone, I have several on my wishlist, along with their matching dog collars! No one ever said, “I have too many halters” right? I not only love the product, but the people behind it. I always love supporting small businesses that are active in their community, and this company is no exception, supporting several local animal rescues. You can feel good buying their products, and you’ll love the way they look!
“Now people stop us on walks to ask what my halter means, but that’s okay. They usually end up bringing me a treat next time we meet. It also lets people know that I can’t see them and might accidentally hurt them if I get scared or upset.”
If you have a horse with vision issues and would like a halter like my guy has, please contact Red Haute Horse through their website or facebook, and let them know you saw our halter and would like a similar one. They’ll be happy to take care of that for you.
This halter has been fantastic for not only helping people understand that blind horses can still live long, happy, useful lives, but ensuring that people keep an eye out when interacting with him. Even people who know him well can get complacent because he just doesn’t ACT blind. Thank you again Red Haute Horse!