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SKU: SKU33088
Categories: Care essentials, Field Essentials, Headcollars, Headcollars & Leadropes

Stellar Headcollar


Redesigned for 2024, we have received the Spring delivery and sold out of some sizes and colours already, please join the waitlist to be notified when we are back in stock due mid July

Crafted with a smart, weather-proof material and backed by scientific testing, the Stellar All-Weather Safety Headcollar is ideal for daily use, competitions, and as a field-safe option.

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Key Features of the Stellar Headcollar:

  • Reusable and replaceable safety release system tailored to your horses’ size and weight.
  • Scientifically tested for reliability.
  • User tested for fit and ease of use.
  • Constructed from PVC with high-grade metal fittings for durability and weather resistance.
  • Enhanced comfort with soft leather look padding on the headpiece and nosepiece.
  • Complete the set with the matching Stellar Lead rope.

Inspiration Behind the Design of Stellar:

Driven by a commitment to equine welfare and safety, we embarked on a journey to investigate headcollar standards, a piece of equipment used daily by most horse owners. The survey findings were startling, showcasing alarming injury rates. This ignited the start of a commitment to delve deeper into headcollar testing and safety.

At Equilibrium, we are dedicated to continuously evaluating and developing our products. After conducting a thorough examination of headcollar safety and incorporating valuable feedback from our dedicated customer-base, an opportunity was highlighted to further elevate the Stellar All-Weather Headcollar design to offer a tailored release system, which is appropriate for the individual horse’s size and weight. The Safety Release System is now located on the right side of the headcollar allowing for easy replacement no longer needing to replace the whole headpiece, but also allowing for easy adjustability.

Headcollar Safety Survey Results:

We commissioned Dr David Marlin to conduct a survey. Answered by 5615 horse owners*, the survey aimed to find out their experience with using headcollars. This included how often they used them, what types were used, how they were used and the problems associated with them.
The results were surprising.
• Almost 1 out of 3 people experienced a horse being injured as a result of a headcollar.
• More than 1 in 7 people have been injured in a headcollar related incident.
• There were 167 horse fatalities as a result of a headcollar.

Unsurprisingly the majority of incidents happened tied outside, closely followed by in the field.
These results demonstrated that perhaps, headcollars should be investigated in more depth…
Find the published results here: https://beva.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eve.13480

Scientific Testing of Headcollars:

To explore headcollar safety further, we commissioned Dr. David Marlin to test the release points of different types of headcollars and tying up devices, including baling twine. The results showed a great variation, from some tie up aids releasing as low as 9kg, to some headcollars releasing as high as over 600kg - more than the average horses’ weight.

Find the full research paper here: https://doi.org/10.1177/17543371211039610

We conducted more testing to develop this concept further using a tensile machine. Different lengths of straps were tested to measure their maximum load before releasing. This allowed the appropriate strap and release weight to be matched with the ideal horse size, with the average release rates being based on 10-15% of the horse’s or pony’s weight. Therefore, the different headcollar sizes are set to release based on poll pressure and within the following ranges:

Small/Pony Headcollar = 35-50kg

Medium/Cob Headcollar = 50-65kg

Large/Horse Headcollar = 65-80kg

Extra Large Headcollar = 80-95kg

The release system is tested to release consistently with downward (poll) pressure, up to 10 times. Equilibrium recommends that the safety strap is replaced after 10 pulls (or if the Velcro is not adhering well) to ensure efficiency of the strap.

Please note: Whilst we've taken every precaution and have thoroughly tested the Stellar Headcollar, we cannot guarantee that it will release in every incident. It is tested to release on downwards pressure against the poll. 

Size Guide

Small/Pony Medium/Cob Large/Full/Horse Extra Large/Extra Full
A. Headpiece (CM) 50-56 56-62 61-67 66-72
B. Cheek Piece (CM) 14.5 16.5 17.5 19.5
C. Noseband (CM) 31 34 37 40
D. Nose Band Circumference (CM) 62-66 65-71 70-76 75-81
A. Headpiece (CM)
Small/Pony 50-56
Medium/Cob 56-62
Large/Full/Horse 61-67
Extra Large/Extra Full 66-72
B. Cheek Piece (CM)
Small/Pony 14.5
Medium/Cob 16.5
Large/Full/Horse 17.5
Extra Large/Extra Full 19.5
C. Noseband (CM)
Small/Pony 31
Medium/Cob 34
Large/Full/Horse 37
Extra Large/Extra Full 40
D. Nose Band Circumference (CM)
Small/Pony 62-66
Medium/Cob 65-71
Large/Full/Horse 70-76
Extra Large/Extra Full 75-81

Delivery, returns, exchanges and guarantee

Delivery charges are calculated based on the location of delivery, weight, and value of the order. Standard charges are:

For parcels up to 20kg: UK Delivery

  • Standard Delivery – 2 Working Days – £4.99 – for orders under £40 and placed before 2pm. (UK Mainland only. Excludes Highlands, Northern Ireland, and Islands)
  • FREE Delivery – 2 Working Days – for orders over £40 and placed before 2pm. (UK Mainland only. Excludes Highlands, Northern Ireland, and Islands)
  • Scottish Highland & Islands Standard 4-6 Working Day Delivery – £7.99 (up to 15kg)
  • Next Day Delivery – £6.99 – for orders under £100 and placed before 2pm. (UK Mainland only. Excludes Highlands, Northern Ireland, and Islands)
  • FREE Next Day Delivery – for orders over £100 and placed before 2pm. (UK Mainland only. Excludes Highlands, Northern Ireland, and Islands)

We hope that you are happy with your products, but if you aren’t, we do understand that sometimes when buying online that items may not be as expected, you may need a different size or you might have just changed your mind!

Our policy lasts 30 days. If you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return or change your product without reason within 30 days of the delivery of the goods. This policy does not affect your statutory rights.

In order to receive a refund/exchange:

• your item must be clean, unused and in the same condition that you received it.
• your item must be in its original packaging.
• your item must be returned to us within 30 days from receipt of your order*.
• you must fill out the online returns form before returning your item, and include your name, order number and address inside your return package.

All Equilibrium Products are covered under a one year guarantee, except for Equilibrium Massage products which are guaranteed for 2 years. The guarantee is valid with proof of purchase, either email, card receipt or shop receipt, from the date of purchase, providing the product is used and cared for in accordance with instructions. The guarantee is not transferable to another person.

If you find the product faulty during the guarantee period, and you have bought direct from Equilibrium Products please contact us, we will be more than happy to arrange a refund or replacement. If you have bought your product elsewhere please contact the company you purchased it from.

The following are specifically excluded from the terms and condition of the guarantee:

  • Damage caused by misuse, accident, negligence or improper handling of the product or not used in accordance with instructions
  • Normal wear and tear.
  • Any modification made by the purchaser to the product or any repairs other than by an authorised agent.
  • Damage resulting from incorrect maintenance according to the instructions of use (e.g. stored in damp/wet conditions, washed on too hot a wash).
  • The guarantee is only valid if the correct Equilibrium Multi Plug Charger and correct Equilibrium Battery are used, the mains charger attachment appropriate to the country of use must be used. The guarantee is invalid if used with an adapter.
  • Damage caused due to the use of the product on voltage other than that stamped on the product.