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    02-14-2014, 02:10 PM
I got the bridle sorted out!! YAY even while she was trying to eat her breakfast no less. I'm going to tackle the harness here in a few mins just letting her finish up eating. I was having a hard time figuring out what straps connected to the cart and where earlier. There is a ring on the bottom of both shafts what is that little guy for?

This is the cart I have

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    02-14-2014, 02:38 PM
Originally Posted by FoxRidgeRanch    
I got a cob size: Tough 1 Basic Nylon Driving Harness - Statelinetack.com

I was told it would probably be the best bet for a starter for her since she is only 14.1 at most.
Well shucks, wish I'd known you were shopping for a harness else I'd have recommended the Liberty nylon harness from Ron's/Amber Hillside. It's slightly more expensive (mine was $200 shipping included) but is a better quality harness with a real tree,etc. I used mine for a year before upgrading and it's now my spare/ train the mare set.
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    02-14-2014, 02:39 PM
The ting loop at the bottom of the shafts is for the holdbacks.
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    02-14-2014, 02:44 PM
Also, the criss cross straps on the bridle (and looking at google images) sound like over check straps and you really won't need them.
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    02-14-2014, 02:47 PM
Green Broke
With the bridle, make sure the blinkers are in the middle of the eye and stand out from the eye, no touching of the eyelashes. The noseband should sit about 3/4 to an inch below the bony protrusion on the side of the face. There should be plenty of ear room and the browband should not stick out to far from the head. The throat latch should not be so tight that he horse can't flex byt not so loose that the bridle can slip off the head.
    02-14-2014, 03:24 PM
OK pictures!! The shafts are still toooo far forward but I think I got it alittle more straightened out. The hip strap may need to com alittle further forward. Lemme know what you think, where and what to adjust.

Still not sure what do to with this strap as its very slack...


This last pcitre I think this strap is very short, its whats holding her to the cart.
    02-14-2014, 03:49 PM
Green Broke
Raise the breast collar. Tighten the rear buckle one and the front buckle two,
Harness should be even on both sides.

Raise Tugs, What holds the shafts up, 4 or 5 buckles. They should follow the line your traces make from the breast collar to the cart.

Raise your breeching two holes on all buckles.
Loosen t Throat latch one buckle on each side.
Eventually you will get rid of the overcheck and get a real noseband. Try and find one.

That's a start
    02-14-2014, 03:52 PM
Green Broke
How many loops do you have on the shafts? And where are they located on the shafts?
    02-14-2014, 04:21 PM
Can you get a close up picture of the tugs without the shafts in them? For some reason, I'm thinking they look like just loops of nylon, and can't figure out if you have an over girth or a wrap strap girth. What's all the excess nylon strappage in that close up shot of the girth

I've always looped my holdbacks a few times. I usually leave them on the cart and have the alligator snaps to clip them to the rings on the breeching.
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    02-14-2014, 10:21 PM
Hook your lead rope to the bit. You have no control over your mare. That's a train wreak waiting to happen.

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