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post #1 of 5 Old 11-16-2009, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Time for a equipment update!

I've decided hat Bandit is just getting too big for his current harness, so I'm looking into buying him a new one.
As the old harness is just something we picked up at a farm auction, I've no idea what brand or anything it is, and it's the only harness I've ever had, so I can't say I know much about them... (I was lucky enough that it even fit the boys!)

Anyway, my question is: How do I measure Bandit for a new harness? Most the companies I look at just have sizes like "Pony" and "Small horse" and such, but I'm not sure what category he'd fall under... and since he's still growing just a bit (he's 3 now) I was hoping for something that might fit him for awhile. And if I can find one for a fair price, I might get Dante a matching one before he grows out of the one I have. And do you have any suggestions on a company? (I already know that I want leather, though; I don't get along with synthetics.)

Also, I'm looking at getting a cart, since the one I have now isn't mine. (My dad borrowed it from some friends on the terms that we'd fix it and store it until they wanted it back.) The borrowed one seems to fit the boys all right, so what kind of measurements would I have to take to get one of a similar size?

Thank you!
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-16-2009, 05:11 PM
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there is a short video on this link that shows you where to measure for fitting a harness.. hope this helps

Leather Carriage Driving Gig Harness Brown Full Size on eBay (end time 27-Nov-09 14:02:21 GMT)
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-17-2009, 04:49 AM
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this might be the same harness assmudger has suggested, as it's marketed in several places, but try pony and carriage website, and also lowther gig harness; they both have charts and videos to tell you what to measure. the 2 wheeler cart; you need to have the floor level, and the shafts would need to be in a fairly straight line through to where they go through the tug stops, so that would correspond to where the tug stops are in the correct position on your horse about midway up his body, so you would get a correct balance. you dont want the shafts to touch the horses sides, except near the tugs, and you dont want them so wide that horse could get a leg over, if things went wrong, and you dont want to have the shaft ends going past the horses chest or too near his head.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-17-2009, 12:51 PM
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My very favorite harness is a betathane Camptown harness with Freedom collar (Camptown Harness - camptownharness.com and horseharness.com - 800-717-0957)

But for you, I suggest a harness from Zimmerman's. No website, but their number is 717-354-5667 and you can talk to them about measurements.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-19-2009, 03:40 AM
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the other thing with a cart, to check fit ( sorry, i forgot to add it to original post) is that you need about 15" between the tail of the horse and the front of the cart.
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