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post #1 of 12 Old 11-20-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Good harness classifieds?

Hi everyone,
I'm not sure if should ask here or in the tack and equipment forum, but I was just wondering where to find harness classifieds. I'm looking for a good quality cob sized harness for my Morgan and have been browsing new ones but wasn't sure where to look for used ones. I checked the classifieds here and there were only 2 harnesses posted for sale this year that I could find, one for a mini and another that was sold in about 5 minutes.

If you can point me in the right direction on where to find used cob harnesses, I'd appreciate it! Thanks!
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-21-2013, 08:09 AM
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The Carriage Association of America has classifieds. There is also the CDL on google groups. Otherwise just a google search.

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post #3 of 12 Old 11-21-2013, 08:42 AM
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Carriage driving classifieds on Facebook is my favorite.
From there you will find some other groups, but that one is the biggest .

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post #4 of 12 Old 11-21-2013, 08:46 AM
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As far as what to look for? Lots of photos, Lots of measurements, return-ability, if it doesn't fit. Check out the buckle leather for wear or cracking, especially on the buckles where the leather is slobbered on, bridle and reins. Check out buckle tongues to make sure they are not bent.

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post #5 of 12 Old 11-21-2013, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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I will check those both out, thank you! And thanks for the tips on what to look for! I recently moved back to the Morgan farm in CT where my horse was born and there's a gorgeous collection of antique carriages and buggies available for use, and great carraige trails on the property, but no harnesses! I figured this was the perfect time to get my girl back into driving, so I'm excited :).
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-21-2013, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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P.S. Your horses are gorgeous! Paints in harness are so lovely, and I've always been a sucker for a good buckskin!
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My search continues for a cart and I often check the Carriage Driving Classifieds on Facebook. So many nice ones but too far away.
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I will check those both out, thank you! And thanks for the tips on what to look for! I recently moved back to the Morgan farm in CT where my horse was born and there's a gorgeous collection of antique carriages and buggies available for use, and great carraige trails on the property, but no harnesses! I figured this was the perfect time to get my girl back into driving, so I'm excited :).
Do a Craigslist search. I often see them om there from out east.
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post #9 of 12 Old 11-24-2013, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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I actually have checked Craig's List and eBay but have also been warned about sources like that because the sellers often don't really know what they're selling, how to measure and advertise it correctly and pieces can be missing. Plus you can't return it (well, from some eBay shops I suppose you can). That's why I was looking for classifieds from actual driving associations where the listers know what they're talking about. I did find good classifieds on the American Driving Society site, so I'll check back there frequently (or just suck it up and buy new because I'm getting impatient ).
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I actually have checked Craig's List and eBay but have also been warned about sources like that because the sellers often don't really know what they're selling, how to measure and advertise it correctly and pieces can be missing. Plus you can't return it (well, from some eBay shops I suppose you can). That's why I was looking for classifieds from actual driving associations where the listers know what they're talking about. I did find good classifieds on the American Driving Society site, so I'll check back there frequently (or just suck it up and buy new because I'm getting impatient ).
Sellers not knowing what they are selling is very common in general. You need to know what you are looking at. I was selling a saddle with a med tree. Someone tried it that said they had a very wide horse. When I saw the supposedly wide horse is was not wide and the medium tree was perfect. So I take what people say witha grain of salt and do my homework
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