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SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 02-16-2011 02:10 AM

Opinions on Biothane Harnesses?
I have only used leather, but with all the use they get, dust, rain, sweat, etc....
I am looking for a good alternative.
Does any one here have any experience using the Biothane harness?
I've read it is suppose to be a product that is stronger and more durable than leather.

Sounds like it would be much easier to keep looking nice, but I do not know any one who has tried them.....
I think I have heard that they tend to stretch out over time, is that true?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! :D Thanks!

Left Hand Percherons 02-21-2011 12:55 AM

I'm a leather only too but friends that have bio mostly love them. The care is about as easy as it gets. Hose it off, dry it off, put it away. Done in 15 minutes. If you do have fit problems, they can be fixed with an industrial walking foot sewing machine (I just happen to have one of those) so repairs are simple. What I don't like about them is they just never have that "broken in" feel and fit to them. I would still drive in leather lines.

Amlalriiee 02-21-2011 12:14 PM

I've never used a biothane harness, but used biothane breast collars and bridles quite a bit. I haven't noticed any stretching...guess that doesn't mean it isn't happening though. They are stiff in comparison to broken in leather tack, as mentioned above, but they are very easy to care for. All a matter of preference I think.

Alwaysbehind 02-21-2011 12:19 PM

Great question. I look forward to reading the responses.

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 02-21-2011 03:31 PM

Well, thanks for the input every one.
Sounds like some thing worth investigating more, maybe one day I will get brave and order a harness to try. :wink:

Adenfire 02-21-2011 04:56 PM

I love my Biothane harness, use it all the time. Only downside I've found is that in the sun it can reflect into your eyes, and that it's easier to use leather reins then Biothane because they are slippery. I haven't noticed any stretching on mine and I've used it for over 10 years on 4 different horses on a regular basis. Nice enough to use, good solid harness yet you can wipe it down and turn around and enter a show looking spiffy.

I've also found that over time the blinders/blinder stays have broken down on my leather harness (it's like 25 years old) so the bridle is a little floppy, where as the biothane one is still stiff and almost brand new looking.

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 02-21-2011 09:22 PM

Adenfire, your harness must be the shiny, vs matte, type? Looks like patten leather?
I really like that they are so easy to care for. That is a big bonus.
It would also be nice to not have to race for cover any time it decides to rain!
We get some pretty out 'a the blue showers around here.

Do you remember where you bought yours from?
I have just been "googling" around looking at different sites, and as always the price really ranges.... I am sure as with every thing, you get what you pay for. :wink:

Sounds like yours is holding up really well!

(I have also noticed they actually seem to run a little higher than leather as well?)

Adenfire 02-21-2011 10:58 PM

Yup, shiny shiny...and I totally understand the not running for cover in the rain, I live in Washington so something that holds up in the rain was a big deal :) I bought mine from the lady that trained my mini for 250...which is pretty standard around here. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chimacum Tack, that's where I get 90% of my equipment. Chimacumtack|Horse Tack

I think mine's held up well because I do take care of it...every 6 months or so I give it a thorough cleaning and wipe it down after use. I also keep one in a hanging harness bag and another in a rubbermaid tub.

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 02-21-2011 11:23 PM

Oh ya, I guess you would know about rain! :lol:

I have seen their site before, seems like they have some pretty fair prices.

Do you find them pretty friendly and helpful then?

When you do your "thorough" cleaning, what product do you use?

Adenfire 02-21-2011 11:52 PM

I do find them helpful and friendly, but I could be somewhat biased because they used to come to the mini shows here and I've grown up around them :) In my personal experience they've gone out of their way to make sure I end up with what I needed or something better if what I was thinking isn't "quite" what i thought i needed. Which happened often while I was learning.

For cleaning I use standard saddle soap because there are still some parts on it that are leather so it's easier then switching between leather soap and dish soap. It's just gotta suds :) And then on the leather areas I use a weather proofer for work boots BUT I don't put it on the horses for a few days and wipe it down to get the extra residue off so it won't irritate them. I've found that if the harness breaks or stretches it's in the leather areas so keeping them supple and as weather resistant as possible is important.

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