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  • Tugs on a cart shaft
  • Loose or snug britchen

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    02-15-2014, 12:10 AM
So after getting home and seeing the pictures on my computer (yay, bigger screen) and going on Google, it appears that the girth that comes with the Tough 1 harness is a wrap strap style, and you'll have to use the nylon straps at the bottom to wrap around your shafts. Urk. Maybe Taffy can chime in here since she has more experience than me, but I'm not sure how well those particular tugs with the wrap girth will work when your shafts are already pretty low.

Too bad you didn't have shafts like these

It's too bad you couldn't return it. You look like you're going to need longer traces to set the cart shafts back further, and will need to find trace extenders (guess that's kind of a trade off with the sewn in traces vs the buckle in ones, but then, I've always had buckle ins)

Just curious, but is the tug strap just sewn onto the saddle?

It's water under the bridge now, but it's too bad you hadn't gotten this harness instead ( Amber Hillside Horse Harness - Formerly Rons Horse Harness - Liberty Harness ) I couldn't afford the Comfy Fit when I needed to start looking at harnesses, and almost got the Tough 1, but decided to look around first and found a good review on that one, and decided to take a chance. Their comparison photos sold me, and when I received it, I was pretty blown away with how nicely it was made. Ah well.
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    02-15-2014, 01:56 PM
The halter pictures the lead was attached and she was being held still. It was just to get pictures we didn't go anywhere. I had a friend from high school come out that shows in harness and works with the amish and he got us all sorted out and we went for a ride, she did awesome and the cart was awesome. We had so much fun and she was comfortable.
    02-16-2014, 07:57 PM
Green Broke
I would love to see a photo of you all hooked up.
I would like to see how your friend ended up adjusting the harness.
    02-17-2014, 12:10 PM
I looks like you have your tugs on the last hole, you might need to get some extenders so you can move your horse forward away from the cart and further up in the shafts.
This is correct that is if there is a something that the strap is connected to on the cart so it doesn't slide back.

This is NOT correct:

The britchen strap(its the one under the tail that goes around the butt) is your brakes it keeps the cart from hitting and running over your horse. With your horse that close to the cart, the britchen doesn't have time to tighten and hold the cart back before its on the horse. The britchen needs to be straight not that loose and floppy.
I would also when you start driving any distance I would get a pad for the breast plate. A pad will be wider and it will distrubute the pulling pressure over a larger area and be more comfortable for the horse.
I don't claim to be anybody, just some thoughts that might help you. I also have had to learn without someone close by.
    02-25-2014, 01:18 PM
I'll have to get her all hooked up again once she's healed up. I need to extend some of the straps for them to reach properly. We added 6 - 10" further forward in the cart, the shafts came level with the front of her chest, also we brought back an extra strap from the little ring on the shaft to the Britchen strap just enough to make it snug and stable. I Will see what I can do with the breast collar section on padding :)
    02-25-2014, 05:35 PM
What happened to her? I missed that.

    02-26-2014, 10:12 AM
Nova is my pride and joy baby, she's the best horse I have ever owned, extremely easy going with everything, I trust my kids on her more then any other horse on our farm. This is also the horse that doesn't romp around, or even gallop much to play with the other horses, if she needs to move one she just does a classic my glare and its done. Anyway almost a week ago now something happened out in the paddock that got her worked up enough to seemingly bend a Tpost over. Dad called me and said she was limping and didn't wanna move but they couldn't see any major injury anywhere and I had to work in an hour so I couldn't go check myself. I came by after work almost a fr 24 hour after the incident and looked at her. I saw a single drop of blood on her feet but no wound..... so I went up her leg still nothing but more blood. She had a blanket on because earlier she had been shivering, probably from light shock, and I pulled the blanket back to find a few ice cycles of frozen blood coming down from the udder area. It was so swollen with blood and fluid I couldn't see the actual wound and I thought she had been gored. I was sick, call the vet at 11pm and she was snowed in. The drifts were so bad that night. She told me to just give her Penicillin and 16-18 aspirin in her feed. She was/is/ eating, drinking, peeing and pooping just fine so we did that and the next day she was walking, still a little stiff but would come to the fence to see you. The actual wound was a small patch of where her hide was skun off but I'm sure she is very very very bruised , thinking she ruptured a milk vein. As of right now she is walking around just fine and the swelling is really starting to go down. She's her usually self but her belly is still sore to the touch.

The day after the incident...

2 days after...

Yyou can see how puffy it is here, sorry for the weird stance she was eating hay at a funny angle.

    02-26-2014, 11:53 AM
Oh, goodness!! I am SO glad she is healing now! That must have just scared you to death. She is such a pretty mare!!

    02-26-2014, 03:09 PM
Today she is looks almost normal except for the scraped area is still pretty swollen.
    02-26-2014, 05:37 PM
Green Broke
D: Those are some scary photos! Glad to hear she's healing well!

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