Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse
Here is my breeching. The harness is new and stiff. What can I do to make it fit as it should?
The thing I am most concerned about is where your hip strap crosses over your back stap. It seems there is no place where this happens that the hip strap cannot move around. It seems yours can move around and God forbid compleatly come apart from the back strap, It looks llike the only thing holding the hip strap in place is the end of the back strap in the keepers. This could be catastrophic if it comes undone, the breeching would fail totally and the cart would run up on your pony.
Okay, how do we fix it? First is it true that this is the way your harness is constructed or am I seeing it wrong?
I will try and take a photo of mine as a close up and see how it is constructed, maybe you can add a piece to yours to make it work. Maybe take it to an amish person or a good cobbler in your area.
The other thing is how long is your breeching seat? Can you measure it in inches and I will see how long it is compared to my horse size. It looks very big.
First adjustment I would make is to tighten the back strap so that is snug from saddle to crupper and the crupper hanges about, for a pony, one to one and a half inches under the tail. When you do this try and adjust it so that the place where the hipstrap crosses over is at the top of the croup of your horse. Then cross the hip strap over and put the breeching on, then lets see a photo again. More adjustments will most likely be needed again.
Always put your leather billets in their keepers, this will make sure you don't forget when you are in a hurry and it will keep your keepers pliable and they won't become too small to accept the billets.