We just bought a really great 14-18 yr Belgian Gelding that had been left to pasture when his former rider went off to college and didn't have time to ride or play anymore.
He is a very gentle giant and VERY interested in people, esp if he thinks you have "cookies".
We want to ride him occasionally on shorter trail rides (in the round pen he was winded pretty fast so we don't expect allot of long back country rides out of him) and we want to use him to pull some timer out of the back of some property we have where quads and trucks can't go.
Right now all we have is a bareback pad and a bridle w/ reins etc so we are shopping for a decent Draft saddle.
The head scratching comes in when we are looking at harnesses.
I cannot find much in the way of info on types of harnesses and what pieces or styles I would need for pulling narrow loads, like logs etc.
I see lots of really flashy stuff on EBay but most seems aimed at showing or pulling a cart and don't look like that would give much support in direct horizontal pulling applications.
I just don't want to blow $$$$ on a harness, just to find out it's the wrong thing and it is worthless for our needs.
Any info anyone can provide as to what I should be looking for, like if I go to auctions I am looking for a **** style harness or whatever would be great.
Thanks in advance!