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    01-27-2014, 03:56 PM
If she's calling it patent leather, she's not using proper lingo and she might not know what she's talking about. It's shiny bio. You order bio harness shiny or dull. What's your guarantee it will fit?

You can buy new for that price. I can buy used for about 1/3 at my local auction. Let me try to dig up some pictures.
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    01-27-2014, 04:15 PM

This is a team set I bought 3-4 years ago for $200. No collars. Leather.
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    01-27-2014, 04:44 PM
Yeah, I think I am going to pass on the shiny one. Left, I sent you a pm with a link to another if you wouldn't mind checking it out. I know if I wanted to wait until next October, I could pick up a pretty decent one at the Tulare sale, but that is going to put me months behind on her training. I have been ground driving her for a few weeks. She is doing great. Hoping to start dragging some poles behind her in a month or so, then work up from there.
    01-27-2014, 06:51 PM
Green Broke
The Mennonite gave the Dr. $250 trade in on my harness..... I can get you a brand new biothane for about 450 with a collar and hames. If you get the beta, it looks pretty dang close to leather. Probably $50 to ship.

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    01-27-2014, 11:00 PM
Thanks Nancy! I will let you know. I'd prefer the betathane, if I go that route. A lot of people lump them together. :)
    01-28-2014, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
Sure! I would send you pictures of his harness, but I did not see any beta when I was out there last. He does everything custom.

He made me some beta safety halters that I love...I think he charged me $15 per halter!

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    01-29-2014, 08:46 AM
I can't tell if its bio or patent the inside of the loop on the second third photo looks like patent since its lite in color, but the over all look it looks like bio, but that doesn't have a lighter color on the back side.
Is the hardware SS? Which it probably is, what I can see is looks like a well made harness. Cheap harnesss don't usually have a 3 strap breeching.
You can find a new plain harness for 400. If its spotted and SS like it looks like if you can get it for 450 (if its bio I don't know much about patent leather)
A new bio with fancy spotting and a 3 strap breeching and SS hardware and hames will cost around 750.00.
It looks like its a pretty show harness.
I don't know much about patent leather, but I do know that I wont give up my bio for leather. I can hose my bio off and let it hang dry and go on. Leather has to be conditioned every so often.
I would ask where the harness was purchased or made before I passed up on it.
The bridle looks like it has SS hardware with show chains, which purchased new will cost over a 100 alone.
If your looking for something to play around with at home, it might be to flashy, but if your going to take it out to town, what a harness to have.
All the prices I'm referring to are for draft size, so if its horse size, sorry disreguard everything I have said.
    01-29-2014, 11:23 AM
Gmac, thank you for the info! I did pass on it because the seller couldn't get me more information, nor a picture with all the parts and pieces spread out. I couldn't see it in person, so it made me a little too nervous. I have calls/emails in about a few others. If nothing pans out I have had very gracious offers from Nancy, Greentree, and Left Hand Percherons to pick one up for me. I am feeling very grateful for having found this website and the driving community that is out there!
    02-07-2014, 10:54 PM
While on the topic. What is the general consensus on a granite harness. Aaron Martin sells them and they are almost $500 cheaper than leather in the breast collar style. I'd still be looking at $800+ for the granite.
    02-08-2014, 09:42 AM
Green Broke
I don't think I have actually seen that brand made up, but some of that turns very gray with use, and the Biothane website says that. The Bowmans relaced some pieces of my harness fo rme with a different material, because of the graying. That pebble=y texture is also hard to get REALLY clean, like you would want it for a show.


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