Schockemoehle Melbourne Halter [REVIEW]

I was looking for a new head collar as mine has changed colour (KL halter). When i first saw the Schockemoehle Melbourne Head collar, I knew i had to try it ❤  I managed to purchase it from Equestrian Solutions for 210AED.

It comes in either a Brown or a Navy/cream colour:
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“Schockemoehle Sports Halter Melbourne”
  • Halter made of soft nylon
  • head piece, cheeks and noseband padded with real sheep skin
  • logo-woven label on noseband
  • logo on the buckles
  • size: Pony, Cob, Full, XL

I ordered the Full size, even though Tofino is cob, as I like to have it a little loose, however, these do run small, so I would suggest you size up.  There was also no lead rope with the head collar but I did purchase it separately from Schockemoehle also.

Note: All photos below are by my friend Axelle Talma (popthepony)]

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I reckon it looks super classy and professional. The sheepskin is a little rougher than expected though. The hardware has rusted already a bit, and there are two different types of hardware on a single head collar (shiny and matte) which I am not too fond of. You can see below that the buckle and the cheek area are shiny, but the ring on the jaw is matte which is the one that started to rust.
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Due to the sheepskin, there are no rubs on the face which makes this a good travel halter (5 essential travel gear). I only use it for shows, or as you can see, in a photoshoot, so the sheepskin doesn’t get ruined quickly, and because my other nylon halters became a teal colour, I am trying to avoid it with this.

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Pros: Cons:
 Sleek

• Protective

•  Good for travel

•  Lightweight

•  4 size options

•  Hardware Rusts

•  Hardware not consistent material

•  Doesn’t come with lead rope

•  Not as soft or padded as expected

Verdict: I would recommend this halter to use for special occasions, but not everyday, as every nylon halter changes colour over time under the sun, and the sheepskin would deteriorate. It has a classic clean look that would look good on any horse. HOWEVER, if you are looking for something with super soft and extra padding, then I would recommend you either get sheekpskin rolls added to your current halter, or find one that already has (e.g eskadron).

5 Essential Travel Gear for Your Horse

I was recently asked by a friend what essential horse gear they need to transport their horse overseas. Therefore, I decided to write up a simple post, comprising of the necessary protection for travel:

1. Travel/Transport Boots

Whether you are taking your horse on a trailer, or an airplane, travel boots are the number 1 essential. A lot of people use bandages instead of travel boots for short travels, however, if bandaged tightly or too loose, it could be hazardous. Moreover, travel boots are much more padded with more surface area protection.

Before loading your horse, make sure they are used to having them on in order to avoid stress. There are many styles of boots in the market today. Make sure to look for one that fits your horse without slipping.

I personally use the HorZe Signature Travel Boots which come in a set of four from DubaiPetFood.

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Note: If your horse is going on an airplane, they usually prefer you to remove all shoes prior to loading, for safety reasons. You can contact the transport company you are using for further information.


2. Head Collar/Halter

Padded head collard with safety quick snaps are ideal for traveling. Padding prevents halter from rubbing your horses face. If your halter is not padded, you can purchase padding separately which can be attached, e.g:

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I like using the Kingsland Equestrian Sport Halter, which I reviewed a while back HERE. It is already padded on the nose, sides, and poll area with fleece.

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3. Poll Guard

Head guards are always a good idea for extra protection against bumps and scratches, especially for a tall horse. As with any other travel gear, make sure your horse gets used to wearing one before putting them in a trailer. I find the Cashel Horse Helmet easy to use as it clips onto the head collar easily without having to take it apart. I got mine from Equestrian Collections.

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4. Tail Guard

Since trailers and travel boxes don’t give too much room, horses tend to rest their hinds on the side/back. In order to prevent your horses tail from rubbing or developing sores, you can apply a well fitted and padded tail guard. As mentioned above with travel boots, your horses may not be used to having tail guard applied and taken off. Therefore, it is necessary to acclimatise your horse before travelling and make sure that they are comfortable and the equipment is fitted correctly.

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5. Rug/Sheet

Depending on the weather and condition of your horse (clipped/not clipped), they may or may not need a rug for travel. Generally, when horses travel close together, they create a lot of heat. Make sure the trailer/lorry is well ventilated and has good air flow.

If it is in the cooler months, then a lightweight, breathable sheet can keep your horse’s body temperatures at a good average. You can always pack a rug with you to place on your horse once arrived at destination as the temperature, especially if their sweating, will be cooler than inside the trailer/truck.

On the left= lightweight sheet (Equi Theme Mesh/Terry Cooler Rug)
On the right = rug used on arrival (Equi Theme Cotton Sheet):

  

Remember, with all gear, make sure to get the right fit for your horse safety and comfort.

Hope this helps 🙂 !

Kingsland Sport Nylon Halter vs Lamicell Fleece Halter REVIEW

Halters, also known as head collars, are a necessity when it comes to horses. There are many different types of halters from rope, to nylon to leather.

I personally like to use fleece lined halters to avoid any rubs on my horse. I used to use a fleece lined LamiCell halter (which seems to be discontinued now) for two years before switching to Kingsland this year for Tofino’s birthday simply because it looked and felt better. It is such  pretty head collar i absolutely love it. It’s  very flattering and can be used for shows and at home.

I still use my Lami-cell for light lunging, clipping, beach…well let’s just say at times where i don’t want to ruining the kingslands. I feel like the lami-cell is tougher, as expected from the brand, and the kingsland is also tough in a more luxurious way.

Lami-cell vs Kingsland (both in navy and silver hardware):
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Tofino with Navy Lami-cell halter (full size):

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Lami-cell halter Pros:

  • Super durable
  • Comes with lead rope
  • Affordable

Lami-cell halter Cons:

  • Fleece hardens with time
  • Decent appeal
  • Hardware rusts over time
  • Colour fades with time (started as navy, became purplish & tealish as seen below)

Tofino with Navy Kingsland halter (full size):
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Kingsland halter Pros:

  • Very appealing 
  • Soft
  • Durable
  • Comes with lead rope
  • Beautiful shade of Navy
  • No rusting

Kingsland  halter Cons:

  • Pricey (but i got it on sale)
  • Colour fades

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