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Impeccably crafted of solid brass, oiled leather and premium cordage

Leading - Tying - Lungeing - Trailering - even riding!

The patented Hybrid Headcollar is a full time replacement headcollar that your horse can wear for every life task.

From a Trainer's View - Why the Hybrid is a Smart Piece of Kit

How it works

From a Trainer's View - Why the Hybrid is a Smart Piece of Kit

How it works

Better communication

Thanks to our 180 degree sliding ring and the combination of stability and clear direction from the rope and flat parts of the headcollar - your horse will experience you as being much clearer in giving instruction.

Horsemanship ready

Lungeing or doing horsemanship work on the ground? Just snap and go! You will be able to control your horse's body more effectively thanks to your side-on angle. Tipping his nose beautifully onto a curve becomes effortless and behaviors like looking to the outside of a circle can be easily corrected.

TRAVEl Ready

On the trailer - the Hybrid offers comfort and security for your horse. It can also be used in the wash rack or cross ties.

The Look That
Gets the Looks

Dressage Rider Niki Clarke talks about the craftsmanship of the HEC design

The Look That
Gets the Looks

Dressage Rider Niki Clarke talks about the craftsmanship of the HEC design

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GIVe the horse a chance to be right

A rope or flat headcollar starts correcting the horse as soon as you pick up on it and unconfortably asking him to twist his head while moving and doing what's requested.
That's not very nice.

Our exclusive design gives the horse a chance to be right before any correction. The sliding ring works as a pre-signal. Your horse should respond to that alone. If he doesn't, only then do the pressure knots engage to give a very gentle reminder and enforcement. This reinforcement feels similar to pressing your first two fingers on one hand into the soft space between your fingers on the other hand.

There is no movement on the Hybrid Headcollar besides the sliding ring - the entire top part of the halter rests quietly on their face - giving them only one sensory cue to pay attention to. The flat poll helps protect from injury if he should get scared and pull back and our products are carefully designed to breakaway and be replaceable should that happen.

The Hybrid Headcollar offers more control than a control headcollar when your horse does have an emotional moment and needs support - but it is not a control headcollar. It is a full time replacement headcollar that is beautifully made and more comfortable than your horse's current headcollar. Good horses deserve to be rewarded with less annoying humans. Horses that are struggling to learn deserve to be treated with dignity and respect while they figure out how to be good citizens in our human world.

What about imitations to this design, rope halters with various rings & other types of halters that tighten down?

As to imitators; the quality of our materials remain above anything else available in horse halters. Whilst there are now many recent copycats on the market, the original HEC design remains the unmatched leader. We innovated its construction, secured the patent and trademark and continue to lead the way in partnering with the best horsemen and women across disciplines worldwide over the last 10 years. Thousands of hours have gone into both continuous engineering improvements and nerdy details such as breaking strength that keeps your horse safe with the HEC Hybrid Halter. Designs with free floating rings on rope halters can be unstable and don't address the concern of a rope halter needing to be cut off a horse's head in a bad pullback. Horses are my friends and I remain vehemently opposed to anything that tightens on their nose (leading rings, control halters, etc) - even if that something is nylon or soft rope and not a stud chain. Such designs are also generally one-sided and have quite a bit more hassle switching around. I am unimpressed by anything that uses discomfort in place of skill and these tightening designs embody that approach to me.

Do less and strive for true understanding.

Meghan O'Donoghue

Meghan has been using the Hybrid in her training for 10 years and I will always be grateful to her for her very early support of my company

8x Olympian Eventer Andrew Hoy

The Hybrid Headcollar is on the road with Andrew at all major competitions, including the Olympics!


Besides outfitting world class athletes, our gear has helped therapeutic riding centers, rescues, equine assisted mental health programs and all types of competitive and breed organizations in the UK, US and Australia


HEC has a thriving and supportive community on Instagram and Facebook of over 225,000 horse lovers (join us!) - you'll find plenty of famous horses from all disciplines tagged on our socials, but my favorite horse to dress is yours because he helps ground you and brings you peace.

Your Choice of Materials and Styles

I offer several variations based on training needs and your tack care routine.
Deep fill engraved halter nameplates are also available to impeccably finish off your horse's personal brand.