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Driving Equipment on the Cheaper Side
So I've often thought Brutus would look adorable in a harness. My trainer drives her minis so recently I asked her if she'd teach me to drive and help me break Bru. She said yes.
Now I'm looking for a cheaper cart and harness. We're just trying it out to see if we like it/goofing around, not showing or anything. If I want to show I'll invest in something nicer, but for now I was wondering if you guys knew of any websites where I could order cheaper driving equipment. My trainer would let me borrow her stuff, but they're all mini things, and Bru is a 14.1h pony and thicker build.
I was also wondering if I should buy a cob size or horse size harness? My trainer says I should go with horse, that they're very adjustable. I'm not sure though. He wears a cob size bridle and a size 68 blanket. I use a size 46 girth with him, but it has elastic on both sides. He's pretty thickly built, he's like 1/4 draft (we think Clydesdale because of his sabino but in the winter he has the pangare fading, like a Belgium though that could come from something ponyish like a Halflinger or a Fjord or something). He's sorta built like a heavier warmblood, or like the light sport horse type Fjords.
Be very careful when looking for cheap! You do NOT want equipment failure when it comes to driving!!!
Best bet is to look around for a used Easy Entry cart. You can get a Frontier new for $450 (at least, that's the price for the mini, guess it might be a little more for horse, not sure) and so use for less of course. As for a harness, I recomend Zimmermans, phone is 717-354-5667 and they will assist you with a size for your horse. I prefer betathane to leather, and I do NOT like biothane. They have all three. Many people prefer leather, so to each his own :)
Greenhawk has a package that is currently on sale although its a Canadian store so shipping would be a bit pricy.
No I certainly don't! By cheap I meant still good quality, but something more for messing around at home, rather than for showing.
As for the harness I've only ever used leather or a synthetic like wintec for tack. What is the difference with the others? What is the feel, what is the give? My gelding has very sensitive skin, a nylon halter rubs his hair off in a heartbeat, and even in a padded leather one the parts where the metal rubs is losing hair. I'd hate to see him losing hair in a harness shape all over his body :\
And yeah, the shipping from Canada would probably put it up in the range with the other :/ Thanks for giving me the website, they have pony size fly bonnets! :D Those are so hard to find!
Upsidedown, you can get great harnesses made to order with a price that is affordable.
Contact Janie at Chimacum Tack Chimacumtack|Horse Tack
She will give you info on where and how to measure your horse. You will get a harness that is PERFECT for your Brutus.
No, I don't work for them, but I am a happy customer....
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