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        11-08-2012, 09:44 PM
      #11
    Teen Forum Moderator
    That paint is just darling in red! Love the cart, too.

    Yes, I suppose that I could replace the velcro myself if I need to xD I'm not very crafty like that but it can't be that hard, can it? I'll definitely look into getting a breastcollar pad now that I know how it sticks on. I was worried that I wouldnt be able to use one if I bought it. They arent very expensive either, I saw some purple ones in a set of three (I don't remember what the third was for?) for $25.

    Thanks so much for your help.
         
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        11-08-2012, 09:51 PM
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    Green Broke
    The third one might be for the breeching.
    I would not use one on the breeching though, since there is no constant contact between the horse and the breeching it isn't necessary and hence looks kind of silly.
    I would use the breeching pad as a saddle pad and keep the short "saddle pad" as a spare.

    I am sure you know they come in different sizes, Mini, Horse and draft.

    Sour will look very nice in purple.
         
        11-08-2012, 10:00 PM
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    Weanling
    They have a leather mini harness at Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com for $185. We buy our racing harnesses from them and have never had a problem
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        11-09-2012, 12:06 AM
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    Started
    The good part of nylon and bio harness that don't fit well is they are easy to alter with a medium duty sewing machine and a hole burner.
         
        11-09-2012, 08:08 AM
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    Teen Forum Moderator
    Thats probably what it was for Taffy- breeching. I agree, that would look rather rediculous o.o

    And yes, I know that the pads and such come in different sizes :) Sour and Kat are class B miniatures but I think they just come in 'mini' size.

    Redpony- thanks for the link! I like that harness the best of all of the ones I've seen so far. Its reasonably priced too. Do you know if they take returns? It doesn't say the measurements for anything...I hate to buy another bridle and lines too as I spent $200 on those alone just a year ago, but I guess I could keep it as a spare or sell it.

    LHP- that's true. I'm still not a nylon fan for just about anything, but I did look into Biothane. What I'd be worried about though is quality. I've heard that if it isnt really well made and padded it can splinter and cut you or your horse. With mine being finicky as it is, and very sensative, I can only imagin what she'd do if I cut her on accident!
         
        11-09-2012, 01:13 PM
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    Started
    It takes years of abuse before a bio harness will deteriorate to the point of having sharp edges. All you need to do is hose it off than put it away for it to stay like new for the life of the mini. (says the girl who only owns leather harness)

    I took 2 harnesses, one bio and one nylon that were unusable and by simply moving and shortening a few straps fit both horses like a glove. For a mini you might want to just change a 1 piece of webbing to a 5/8 for it to fit and adjust properly.
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        11-09-2012, 05:45 PM
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    Yeah, I'm just so afraid that I'll screw it up xD

    The harness we have is definitely abused. I don't think its ever been oiled and the only time that it is wiped off is when I do it. Its stored in a harness bag but gets tangled up because people don't put it away correctly, so I'm actually kind of nervous to get another one. I don't really have control of other people using it, or else I'd just restrict it and make sure that everyone cleaned it really well xD Its to the point of the leather looking really worn and unsafe, so I don't want to use it- and someone stupidly lost the pieces that attach the breeching to the cart, so I had to makeshift some. Definitely not ideal >.>

    This new one is going to be coming home with me though, supposively (thats according to the barn owners) since I'm buying half of it. I'm the one training our new driving prospect (the taller mini) and I own Sour- so it should be more protected and well cared for. I wish I knew what brand our old one is, but it came with our shetland gelding.
         
        11-09-2012, 06:18 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Check Martin Harness' website. They carry harnesses and parts for all sizes in leather or synthetic. Other good info there also.
         
        11-09-2012, 07:04 PM
      #19
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    Thanks! I'll check it out.


    ETA- unfortunately they're in Canada, which means that its going to cost about half of what the harness does to ship it to Texas if we bought it :/

    What is a Granite Harness though?
         
        11-09-2012, 07:11 PM
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    Weanling
    If I were you, I would call Chicks. The phone number is under the 'contact us'' button on their website. They do take returns but I'm not positive if they take all things back, so be sure to ask. I didn't think I would like the biothane or beta but it holds up really well. Our's is used every day from March thru September and it lasts year after year with virtually no maintenance. But I'm rather traditional and I still like the leather best
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