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post #1 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up check strap missing

I just bought a harness off of Ebay. Very nice, except, no check strap. Contacted company and they sai it did not come with that harness. The second thing on the shipping list was "check strap".
My husband and I are 74, live in Il and love to drive our haflingers. I have checked every tack shop and everywhere else I can think of. None.
It is fastened to the bit, up over the poll and fastens to the saddle. Every old harness I have ever had worked the same.
So, my delimma is, does anyone have a check strap they can part with? I can't find one, so don't know what they are worth. Anything fair. Maybe from an old black bridle not in use anymore?
Thanks for any help I can get. I do sincerely appreciate that. DEE
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 02:24 AM
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I might be able to help you out if you don't mind it's a likely going to be a light-medium oil in color... :-/ what a shaddy seller... what kind of a harness doesn't come with a cheek strap.

I'll have to check my tack room tomorrow or take apart some old bridle.

Ashley

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post #3 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 10:30 AM
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over check bearing rein

hiya I would not worry about an over check as it serves no real perpous unless your in a hackney class.
It will make your horse over bend and if to tite will make the horse rear.
So personally I would not use it the horse will give a natrial head carrage in draft.
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post #4 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 12:31 PM
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my bad I thought she was talking about a throte latch for some reason... oops...

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post #5 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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I am 74, driven all my life. I have never used a harness without an overcheck. I have never had one rear, but it does keep their head up so they can't stop and eat grass and it also helps to keep them from bucking or kicking. In my opinion. But they are cutting corners on the new harness and doing away with the overcheck. Everything is money driven.
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post #6 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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I would still lke to buy an extra overcheck is anyone has one. Black, horse size. Thanks.
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post #7 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 01:54 PM
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I agree that your haflingers most likely do not need the harness if they are well trained...I drive and have never used a sidecheck or overcheck on either our arabian, pony, or miniatures.

Are you wanting an overcheck or side check?

If you're looking for something fairly inexpensive and not super high quality (probably about the same quality as what you bought on ebay) try this maker: Amber Hillside Horse Harness - Formerly Rons Horse Harness - Horse Harnesses - Amber Hillside Horse Harness. Email or call them and ask about buying check reins alone. They worked with me to buy the bridle without the check reins because I have no use for them, so I can't imagine why they wouldn't be able to work something out for you.

If you want something a bit higher quality, and don't mind a side check, contact Search | Iowa Valley Carriage . I bought my ear bonnet, whip, and reins from them and I liked the quality. I believe they charge $25 for side checks.

Not that it will change anything, but checks don't stop a horse from kicking out ;)
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Is your harness synthetic or leather? } may have one in the tack room, or I can get you a new one VERY reasonably from a Mennonite harness man. I go there all the time to get feed, so not out of my way. He charged me $14 to make a kicking strap in russet....$85 from the harness maker online! I cannot imagine it would be much $.

Let me know .....

Nancy
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post #9 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 05:23 PM
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bearing rein /overcheck

the only time I used that was when we did pony rides for the school and it fitted to the head peice and down to the 2 ds on the english rideing saddle.
I would not use one driveing at all as I have no reason to my horse and pony don't try to go for the grass at all when thay work thay know when to work as play is in the paddock so to speak.
Going back to harness all mine is double stiched and is hand made in english leather so id give you an example my patent pair was £3500 with full collars.
And my tandem wheeler bridle was £250 it has an auxillary throat lash and a gullet strap which connects to the nose band.
I brought a set of harness which I called my reading set it came from the reading horse sales.
I was late I missed verious lots and I was biding for something that I could not see.
well I got it for £200 and owch o boy what did I buy well a load of rubbish.
As I only had a leather donkey harness for tricky well when I got judged I got pulled to pieces it was a breast collar set.
Were I enterd him was the london harness horse parade.
I got a flyer from a harness maker and I came up with the idear of referbishing the old harness I brought.
So I did it a bit at a time and I used 90% of the buckles the crupper the blinkers(blinders)the poll strap and the throat lash and the out side of the pad.
Its my working set and I have had it for about 20 years now and its as good as when it was reborn so to speak.
Quincy has got a full harness that came with him but I had a set of traces made for him so I can use quick releases thay have steel rings on the end and thay are doubble stiched and cost me £120.
I have brought off ebay for a laugh a pink full size driveing harness the blinkers have pink harts that cost me £65.
As I said for a laugh I personaly would not buy a leather one from e bay unless I looked at it first hand or knew the vender or the harness maker.
My first saddle is 35 years old and is as good as new I brought it before I got my first pony and its in storage in my bed room on a saddle rack at home.
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post #10 of 20 Old 04-22-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up check strap

It is leather, but at this point, I don't care as long as it works. Everything I find is for standardbreds for racing with a special bit. So what ever you can find would be great.Is your harness synthetic or leather? } may have one in the tack room, or I can get you a new one VERY reasonably from a Mennonite harness man. I go there all the time to get feed, so not out of my way. He charged me $14 to make a kicking strap in russet....$85 from the harness maker online! I cannot imagine it would be much $.

Let me know .....

Nancy[/quote]

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