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[hed-stawl] /ˈhɛdˌstɔl/
that part of a bridle or halter that encompasses the head of an animal.
Origin of headstall
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, headstall is from the late Middle English word hedstall. See head, stall1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A lump came into it, and he swallowed with a shrug, and flicked at a fly on the headstall.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Young McCrae wheeled his horse on the off side and gripped the headstall by the bit.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
  • To bridle a horse, go quietly up to him, holding the headstall in your hand.

    Riding for Ladies Mrs. Power O'Donoghue
  • Take the girl on the horse with you, and let Chris lead by the headstall.

  • Cuculain mightily thust the bit into his mouth and made fast the headstall.

    The Coming of Cuculain Standish O'Grady
  • It must have been the headstall which, dragging along the bottom, had so opportunely anchored him.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
  • The horse was decked with a harness all of gold, with jewels studding the bridle and headstall.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • In the centre of that yard stood a red Texan steer with a headstall on his wicked head.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • They consist principally of a headstall, a collar, a breast-ornament, and a sort of huge tassel pendent at the horse's side.

  • The horse was very richly caparisoned, and wore in his headstall a plume of varied feathers.

    Coronation Anecdotes Giles Gossip
British Dictionary definitions for headstall


another word (esp US) for head collar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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