Nylon Harness Suggestions? and Breast Collar vs Neck Collar
I know leather has a lot of benefits, but I've decided against it for now. I don't even know if I will like driving and don't want to drop money on leather until I'm completely sure.
Can anyone point me in the direction of a good nylon harness to look at? I'm not sure what products and websites to trust when it comes to ordering draft tack. Links would be great http://www.drafthorsevillage.com/php...icon_smile.gif How much money would I be looking at spending? (just looking for a ballpark figure)
Also, if I decide I love it and purchase a leather harness down the road, I will definitely be getting a neck collar harness.
But, for now, do you think a breast collar harness would suffice? It would just be for pulling a light 2-wheel training cart and nothing more.
I know it's imperative to get the right measurements for a neck collar and since she has a lot of filling out to do, I would rather wait on a neck collar if I can.
Check this place out, they are in Canada, but I have ordered many times from them. No problems, and they are exceptionally helpful and friendly!
Here is a link to a harness they have on sale right now for $149.00
Rons Horse Harness and Horse Tack Supply - Liberty Harness
But certainly look around at the other harnesses as well.....
Oh, and yes I think you should do just fine with a breast collar for driving your light cart. :wink:
Oh, I'm sure she'll get along fine with the breast collar harness until she's close to finished bulking up. Neck collars, especially good quality leather ones, are expensive by themselves, let alone adding the cost of harness with it.
We usually get our leather neck-collar harnesses for our big critters from an Amish harness maker up in Kansas. That stuff looks incredible and lasts forever but it costs about $2500 or more for 2 full sets of standard draft size harness (enough for one team of 2 horses), without the collars. Each collar is an additional $85-$125, depending on size.
The nylon ones I have seen didn't look very adjustable. I would also worry that they wouldn't break in an accident.
What determines if you use a nck collar or a breast collar is a couple of things.
Most 2 wheel carts use a breast collar unless the single tree is an axle draft and it is lower by the axle. The heavier 4 wheelers which also have lower shafts use a neck collar
Thank you, everyone! I'm soaking in every suggestion and word of advice. People who drive are few and far between out here, so I'm grabbing onto every piece of info I can get.
I have a nylon harness and it works well for what I use it for. (just driving around the arena and property.) however you will almost certainly need to burn extra holes in order to adjust the fit properly. (I had to with the one I got) and you Will most likely want to upgrade to a better harness eventually. but the nylon harness is good to just start out with.
I agree with churumbeque about the use of a neck collar vs. breast collar. It really depends on the vehicle you're using as to which collar you'll want.
Thank you :)
Well, since I posted this, I've done a lot of research and I've decided to go with beta biothane, I'm ordering a Smucker's Pleasure Harness: Carriage Driving Essentials - Smuckers Synthetic Pleasure Harness
I feel you're always better off buying good tack. When the harness doesn't fit properly, it takes away from the enjoyment quickly. You can always get your money back if you decide to sell it. I would recommend getting the measurement off the bridle. If your filly has a very fine feminine head, she most likely will not fit in a standard draft bridle. They are sized more for gelding heads. Also order a set of heel chains. You can just connect them to the tugs making them long enough to drag things around the arena. Harrowing the arena and RP is a great job for her to start with.
Ah! You answered an important question (heel chains... I wasn't sure what they were called) I want to have her pulling a small tire before I take her to a cart. Hopefully the site sells them.
You're so right about my mare. She's incredibly hard to fit for ANYTHING. I've taken every measurement possible and I emailed them to the harness dealer. If worse comes to worse, she attends the draft auction I'm going to next month and she can help fit my horse. I'm nervous about fitting, but the dealer has a good return policy and happy references. **crossing fingers**
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