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post #1 of 4 Old 01-31-2012, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have the Valley Harness (Fredericksburg OH)

Hi, I am new here! I am very excited to find an active driving bulletin board as I have a new driving pony that I need to get geared up - looking for harness and cart.

I rescued this guy, along with another one with a friend in November. She got him "started" but he is a totally green driving pony at this point. so far, he is calm and very accepting of everything, coming along nicely. He is coming home so I can do some ponying and ground driving with him, and I may be sending him to another trainer to finish him, but my near term plan is to just get him out to see the world.

Right now, I am looking for an affordable, but good quality synthetic harness for a 11.3H pony. I am thinking of buying the Beta-Bi from Country Carriage, but it is a bit more money then I was planning to spend. I also liked the camptown synthetic harness, but that is even more money...

I wanted to check out Valley Harness, but since there is no website, I am wondering if anyone owns this harness and could share their experience and perhaps even a photo?

I bought a mini sized synthetic harness directly from an Amish maker some years ago and it was pretty good for the price (under $300 for a durable, but plain beta biothane harness) but i have since lost his contact info, and Valley is better known.

Thank you all in advance - open to any other ideas of carts and harnesses I should look at. I intend to just pleasure drive, including on some rough pasture, but want something that I could use at a schooling type show, or an arena driving trial should the desire ever hit me in the future. Must be a decent quality harness, comfortable and safe. with breeching and a good tree - we have hills and so forth so no light weight show harnesses. I have ruled out nylon and leather - really want the easy care of the synthetic but I don't like nylon.

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-31-2012, 01:42 PM
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Congratulations on your new pony. I don't know anything about the harness you mentioned. Camptown is a great harness. I use smuckers harness I think it is reasonably priced although I saved for 5 years to get my new one (I bought used ones untill then). They come up on ebay occasionally, also check the american drivind society's classified section. there are always good harnesses on there,
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-01-2012, 08:46 PM
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The best place to buy a harness is from Celine at Carriage Driving essentials. She has all kinds. Carriage Driving Essentials
She is very knowledgeable and will steer you in the right direction. Plus she stands behind what she sells.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-07-2012, 06:47 PM
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Everything I have seen from Driving Essentials is pretty expensive. I bought a Comfy Fit harness from The harness maker used to make all of the Camptown harness and it is basically supposed to be the same. It is a good quality biothane harness at a reasonable price. Janie is great to work with. If something doesn't fit they will fix it no charge. Their upgrades are very reasonable too. A deep vee leather lined breast collar in my 2010 catalogue is $150. That's about half of what some other makers advertise. To upgrade from a standard collar is only $20. A standard pony harness in this catalog is $615. I have had my horse harness for two years. It has seen a lot of hard use and has held up great.

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