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        11-03-2011, 08:51 PM
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    I am not sure if it helps or not but you don't have to go out and buy a whole harness setup... if you get a proper carriage/sleigh for this guy...
    Some folks near me and others I have seen use a regular western saddle and breast collar. And hook the wooden poles of the carriage to the stirrups some how.
    It looks odd but it worked out for the people who were using it.
         
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        11-04-2011, 03:28 AM
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    Really dangerous. Every piece on a harness has a specific purpose. When you start jerry rigging things you are asking for a bad accident. A person should not even be driving before learning what the function of the different harness parts are and attention must also be given to proper fit. A serviceable nylon harness is not that expensive. You might check to see if there is a driving club in your area.
         
        11-04-2011, 05:53 AM
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    Originally Posted by kait18    
    i am not sure if it helps or not but you don't have to go out and buy a whole harness setup... if you get a proper carriage/sleigh for this guy...
    Some folks near me and others I have seen use a regular western saddle and breast collar. And hook the wooden poles of the carriage to the stirrups some how.
    It looks odd but it worked out for the people who were using it.
    Absolutely not. While it's true that you may be able to pull the sleigh, when you go to stop, the sleigh will hit the horse's back end.

    As eliduc said, there is a purpose for each part of the harness and in this case there is no breeching which is what prevents the sleigh from traveling forward when the horse stops.
         
        11-04-2011, 01:39 PM
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    Weanling
    Iride, I was looking at the picture on your post trying to figure out what it is and it reminded me of an unforgettable experience. I was shoeing a horse at a boarding facility where there were outside pipe paddocks. There had been heavy rain the night before. I was trimming one horse when I noticed that someone had parked a car too close to a paddock and the horse inside was eating the paint off of the hood. Being the good Samaritan I was going to move the horse. Only it didn't want to be caught. It wheeled around and charged off driving with it's hind feet. About a wheel barrow load full of mud, manure and pee hit me right in the face. I didn't even have time to close my eyes. The woman holding the other horse just about fell on the ground laughing. It was definitely one of those moments when all I could do was join her. Some think being a farrier is a romantic job.
         

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