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post #1 of 5 Old 05-15-2014, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Choosing the right equipment

I have a friend who has a mustang in training right now learning how to drive. She is looking for a cart and harness to buy, but isn't sure exactly what will work for her. She is looking at the easy entry carts, but is unsure about a harness. Any suggestions on where to look / what to look for? Advantages/disadvantages to nylon/leather/etc?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-15-2014, 09:51 PM
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I have some opinions.....

I do not like nylon. Rubs my horses, stretches when it is wet, stiffens up when it gets old. I do not even like nylon halters.

I HATE Indian leather. TRASH. Whatever you do, DO NOT buy harness made of this. It just snaps when it gets tired of living, and YOU are suddenly adrift in the carriage, and your horse is free....and that is the flowery picture.... sometimes, you die.

I love leather harness, especially with brass hardware, but there is a TON of care required with leather harness. Wiping it down, cleaning, oiling, storing it in a controlled environment so it does not mildew, or become too dry, polishing.

I do not care for Zilco brand Biothane. It is quite expensive, and does not hold up well. I use it for training, because it is still serviceable, but looks HORRIBLE.

Regular biothane, either beta(matte finish) or regular(shiny finish) is my everyday harness. It washes on the horse fro day to day, or in the washing machine for a fun show.

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I bought my harness from Ambers hillside harness & I LOVE it!! The quality is amazing & the price is unbeatable. I plan on buying another one from them for my new trainee & eventually a pairs harness.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-17-2014, 09:23 PM
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I think she should consult her trainer for guidance.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-23-2014, 03:03 PM
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I agree with greentree 100%.

I finally broke down and purchased a Comfy-Fit harness and I love it. Well padded, well built, and so easy to clean. They are not the cheapest harnesses though. I haven't had it long enough to have personal experience on the long-term durability but I've heard great things.

On a side note, a really cheap biothane harness is going to crack with use. I've never had one outright break, as the nylon core is fully intact, but they don't look as good and are difficult to fasten and release once they start breaking down. So she'll really want to make sure to talk to owners that have had them and used them extensively to attest to the durability of any specific harness.
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