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The Kinder Collar

Horses in driving harness often damage the point of shoulder because they cannot judge their own position in blinkers and can easily catch themselves on doorways or in hazards at competitions.

The brainchild of Fiona Tedman, the Empathy Collar is the result of meticulous research, over several years, to design a driving collar for a cob with an injured shoulder. After experimenting with different shaped collars, it was found that a curved style, which sweeps up over the point of the shoulder, but dips below the soft part of the neck, makes load pulling much more comfortable for horses that have suffered some kind of shoulder injury as well as smaller driving horses with a low headset, such as Shetlands or cobs, that often experience pressure to the shoulder or windpipe when using conventional breastcollars.

In trials it emerged that the Empathy Collar provided other benefits to all types of horse, regardless of confirmation: it is fully adjustable in size and lighter, which frees up the shoulder and enables the horse to make a stride without pressure on the shoulder. As a result, drivers have reported that walking speeds improve and strides become more free in extended trot. The Empathy Collar comes with a range of additional innovative features.

The Empathy Collar is available in the new 2003-2004 Driving Harness Catalogue along with a complete range of driving bits, training and corrective items and other accessories that are unbeatable in price and value.


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