that part of a bridle or halter that encompasses the head of an animal.

Origin of headstall

First recorded in 1425–75, headstall is from the late Middle English word hedstall. See head, stall1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for headstall

Historical Examples of headstall

  • A lump came into it, and he swallowed with a shrug, and flicked at a fly on the headstall.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for headstall



another word (esp US) for head collar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012