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.