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post #1 of 4 Old 12-17-2013, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Driving harnesses???

I just purchased a Hafflinger that drives very well single. I found a cart from someone that was off'ing one. It is a simple nice metal framed cart also used with a Hafflinger. Where is a good resource for purchasing a driving harnesses? Thanks. BTW I won't "free-dog-it" by my self but will find someone to help me make sure I know what I am doing!

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-18-2013, 12:24 AM
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Good driving Haflingers are worth their weight (and then some) in gold. They can make some fantastic partners and are loads of fun. Ask me how I know!

My boy was trained to drive before I got him, but it took me a while (yeah, three years!) to get around to getting a harness for him. I got an old leather harness given to me secondhand. It was great for the 3 months of ground driving I put into him -- more for my sake than his. And then the breastcollar broke, luckily before I even hitched. Needing another harness pretty quick, and not having a lot of money at the time, I ended up with a Liberty harness from Ron's/Amber Hillside of Canada. It's the same price as the cheap leather and nylon junk you can find on eBay and in the horse.com catalog, but it's really superbly made in comparison. If you're on a budget, you'd be better off with the Liberty harness, even if it is nylon, than the cheap stuff.

Amber Hillside Horse Harness - Formerly Rons Horse Harness - Liberty Harness

I've had a good year with it, and the harness is still doing great. I did end up having to get a different breastcollar because the one that came with the harness was way too long for my short bodied golden boy.

But if money's no object, I'd say this is your best bet ...

Horse Harness, driving supplies, reins, halters

I'm hoping to upgrade to a Comfy Fit in the next few weeks (or maybe early next month) for my Haflinger. We're ready to go big or go home.

My mare's just about retired from being ridden (may or may not have some back issues that might be made worse by having a rider on her, I've still got to have the vet look at her) but I'm hoping to train her to drive. She'll get the Liberty harness instead, and use it for a good long while and then maybe I'll upgrade her too and keep the nylon set around as a backup.

Good luck.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-18-2013, 08:37 AM
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That Amber Hillside harness has some great prices! Looks like nice harness. His website gets my award for Most Informative in the Harness For Sale category!

I wish I could have made his pictures bugger on my ipad, though.

Chimacum makes a good harness. Quite a few of the photos on her site are acquaintances of mine, and I have seen her harness close up and in action.

I am just not crazy about nylon harness....I do not even like nylon billets on a saddle. It just does not "act" right for me. Just a personal thing, though, lol!!

Thanks for the links, CaliforniaDreaming!

Good Luck with the Haflinger, Crazeepony!

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-18-2013, 10:08 AM
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I'm not crazy about nylon either, but for what it's worth, the Liberty harness is really well made. The saddle is padded decently all the way down, and the vinyl lining makes it easy to wipe clean. I was blown away when I got it out of the package.

I'd certainly recommend it to anyone on a budget, I couldn't afford the Comfy Fit at the time, I certainly got my money's worth.
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