I am delighted to announce that we finally have donkey-shaped head collars for our donkeys.
When I first joined The Donkey Sanctuary in 2001 I asked why nobody had ever developed a “donkey-shaped” head collar, it has taken a long time to achieve this goal.
Horse lovers will not realise that a donkey has a very broad forehead and jowl with a short length of head and a small muzzle compared to a horse. Multi-adjustable pony and cob size head collars can be made smaller over the nose, larger on the jaw line but often do not have a long enough head piece to reach over the top of a donkey’s head so you end up having to use a larger size which is then too big around the nose. Also we found that having a buckle on the top of the nose does tend to rub.
Countrywide Equestrian has collaborated with The Donkey Sanctuary to help us create a range of bespoke fully adjustable donkey-shaped head collars. We had to measure a range of donkeys to create the perfect fit. These head collars are available to donkey owners through the Countrywide Equestrian website - they also supply a matching blue and brown twisted lead rope.
We have used The Donkey Sanctuary colours so that we can easily identify the right size head collar.
- Brown - the smallest head collar will fit a miniature donkey or a donkey foal.
- Light blue - medium sized head collar will fit a standard size donkey and is midway between pony and cob size horse head collars.
- Grey - larger sized head collar bridging the gap between cob and horse size in horse head collars.
- Black - extra-large head collar for Andalusian size donkeys and Poitou donkeys.
The two smaller sizes are narrower webbing and smaller buckles than the larger two sizes.
I’m sure you will agree that they look very smart!