I don't have many pictures as of yet, but this harness came up for sale on another forum I belong to. I am hoping for some opinions. :-)
It is dusty, but has never been on a horse. One of the pics looks like it still has the price tag on it. It is a breastplate/collar style and is black patent leather.
I am hoping that I could convert it to a collar and hames in a couple of years. Left Hand Percherons felt that I can exchange a few parts and pieces down the road and make it work.
Any and all advice is much appreciated!!!!
Is that India leather?
I am not sure. I will ask.
The seller is a consignment tack place. Apparently the owner doesn't remember. If is, do you think it would last me at least 3 or 4 seasons?
Looks like biothane to me.
what's with the two bridles and mixed metals? Is there extra stuff? Is this a pairs harness?
The seller states that it is just one harness. I think there some bad photography that makes it look like 2 types of metals.
The price is often an indicator of quality. Even if made in India, with care it should last at least a few seasons. One indicator of India leather is it spider cracks from bending it to go thro a buckle.
I think that it would work then. For the time being, I am wanting it to start training a draft cross filly. She is a little over 2 years old now, and I am hoping to start her on light carts by summer. I want to switch to a hames and collar down the road. If this one will not make the change, either to structural or because of quality, I will get another. My filly is growing and likely to grow for another couple of years, so this will probably work until I will buy her a harness that fits her finished product. Thank you for the advice of what to look for. I will definitely keep an eye out for any cracking and will be extra vigilant with cleaning and care.
Trying to make sense out of the pile is maddening. It does look like it has some bio straps on the breeching and bridle but it's mostly leather. The quality of the leather is suspect because it is so shiny. Good leather is usually dull. The buckles are also all over the place in quality. The stitching is not the best (wavy, not evenly spaced from the edge of the material). There is also no backing on the spots on the bridle. Spread it out on a rack so we can see what's all there and if anything important is missing (like the lines). Can also see what you need to adapt it for a collar. What's she asking for it?
She is only asking $500, including shipping. She is suppose to be sending me more pics today, specifically of where all the straps connect so that I can make sure it will convert. I wish I could see it in person! That would answer so many questions. She said it was patent leather. The only thing I can relate to that are the horrible shoes that I had to wear as a kid on occasion. I am concerned about the quality as well. I don't mind biothane or betathane, mostly because it makes it easier for me to lift the harness and have heard that many people prefer it. I haven't used one before. The Shire place I am at uses leather, but they have a team harness that is made from betathane. We haven't used that on the horses while I have been there.
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