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post #1 of 7 Old 01-31-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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wither strap question

Ok soo I have an old zebra belt lying around and could use a wither strap for outlaw but just couldn't afford to buy one. So I figured I could use or make my old belt into a simple wither strap and later maybe bling it up or something. So anyways my question is how would I go about that like putting the snaps on and still being about to adjust it in case I do end up getting another horse so it can fit multiple horses? My other option is I got a pair of split reins with my bridle breast collar set and I could use those to make the wither strap as well but again I'm not sure how to go about doing that..

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-01-2012, 08:18 AM
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You can still use the same buckle for making adjustments. I would just attach it directly to the breastcollar rings. Snaps break when you don't want them to. Cut the belt (buckle side) about 10" from the buckle. You will need a couple of conway buckles the same size as your belt. Use a nail to punch a couple of holes for the buckle. Do the same on the other piece of leather. You can now buckle the belt up same as always to adjust the size. The reason I recommend Conways is they are fairly cheap and never fail. Tandy has them for sure.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-01-2012, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks but I would prefer to have snaps for quicker removal haha I hate fumbling with buckles and the one currently on the belt is big and would look ugly haha. Have any suggestions for using the reins maybe? They have chicago screws on the end so I was thinking I could just cut them to a certain length add a buckle to one side and some holes to the other?? Im not sure on length though

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-01-2012, 07:05 PM
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Why don't you try getting a couple rectangular keepers the correct size for your belt, and doing it up like a curb strap, adding a snap to one side? No cutting of the belt required. Visual aid:

And then just thread a clip though on one side. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-01-2012, 07:26 PM
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The thing I hate about snaps is they are reliable. They can come undone very easily and then you've got your belt flapping around...Buckles are the way to go IMO. Using your belt would be pretty easy but you'd have to make it pretty short to work properly. Really the best way to go if you can't use the belt is to just get a leather dog collar. lol It's cheaper and works just as nice.

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-01-2012, 08:14 PM
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Use buckles to create loops at each end. Within each loop slip a hook and then the hook will connect to your breast strap.
The black is the belt, the blue is the buckles, the red is the hooks:
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-02-2012, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys I'm on my phone now so kind of hard to tell on the pictures and stuff but the explanations and stuff are awesome ill definitely be trying things out and are what works best :)
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