The leather seems to be high quality, although areas needed some oil out of the box. Today I discovered the youngster I just purchased and got this for isn't the saint at tying that I was told of. The second she couldn't see me she FREAKED. I was terrified she was going to break her neck. I got her loose but was pleased to see that the crown piece was on the verge of breaking, so even if I hadn't gotten her free in time the halter would of broken before her neck. Only complaint is the slight dryness of the leather when it arrived.