An online survey of equestrian headcollar use and safety

David Marlin, J. M. Williams, Kirstie Pickles

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Summary: Background: Headcollars (halters, US) are one of the most commonly used pieces of equestrian ‘tack’. Despite this, there appears to be minimal information on their use, or more importantly, risk factors for injury of horses/handlers. Objective: To explore headcollar use and safety in equestrians. Study design: Quantitative cross‐sectional survey. Methods: An online survey (19 questions) exploring headcollar use and safety was disseminated through equestrian social media. Frequency analysis and multivariable modelling identified how headcollar type was linked to use and injury risk. Results: Most respondents (88%; n = 4786) used headcollars multiple times daily but for short time periods (66%, n = 3388,
Original languageEnglish
JournalEquine Veterinary Education
Issue numberJuly
Early online date3 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Original Article
  • Original Articles
  • handling and restraint
  • horse
  • husbandry
  • injury
  • tack
  • welfare


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