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        12-15-2013, 03:52 PM
    Thanks Emily!
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        12-18-2013, 10:14 AM
    A girl that I took out sledding the other day took this from behind me
        12-18-2013, 12:15 PM
    ^^Is the breaching (sp?) strap supposed to be that low?
        12-18-2013, 03:58 PM
    ^^No, not really. Ideally, it should be up just below the point of her butt like this

    BUT, the main reason for it to be up there on a horse that's actually attached to a proper wagon/sled/etc, if they are trying to stop the momentum, the britchin can basically take their hind legs away from them if it's hung too low. Since there's no chance of that in the picture, then the most they really have to worry about is wearing the hair off of the leg just above the hock....and even that's unlikely as I'm sure they aren't doing it for hours every day.

    FoxRidgeRanch, you could actually take that strap off for all the good it's doing you .
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        12-18-2013, 04:02 PM
    Probably not, Its not an actually harness. It was a balance training system I bought a long time ago, I just never use the reins for it. She's wearing a surcingle, and the rear strap and a breast collar. Lines run down from the lower rings on the surcingle thru the rings on the rear strap so they don't wander, down to the sled. The reins run from her halter through the mid-height rings on the surcingle to my hands. I wish I got a better picture, I really really want to get a legit harness and cart but am toooooo broke right now. She we just take it slow around the neighbor hood. This is what she has on, MINUS the Reins

    Ill try taking it off next time, We only sled once or twice a week for an hour and its in straight lines down the back dead end roads I try not to turn when in the sled because the lines hit her legs.
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        12-18-2013, 04:05 PM
    I mainly bough this for the surcingle and will sometimes attach the stretchy reins on the saddle and a halter but loosely when I'm first teaching a younger horse forward movement and light flexing
        12-21-2013, 05:00 PM
    I asked Shayne to get a few pictures today for me, We tried it without the rear strap and it was fine, I had to hook the anchor lines to a higher ring because they seemed to be swiping across her legs more then when I had them run through the strap rings. What do you think?

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        12-21-2013, 11:07 PM
    Looks good to me...and looks like a heck of a lot of fun.

    We've got the framework from an old sled out behind the barn but the wood has rotted completely away. I need to get some new lumber and get it put back together for the rare occasion we actually get today LOL.
        12-21-2013, 11:24 PM
    ^I'm with you, smrobs. That looks hella fun!
        12-21-2013, 11:27 PM
    Then again, maybe I should just go to the dump and pick up an old car hood. That's what we used to do when I was a kid. Dangerous as heck, but super fun.

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