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post #1 of 17 Old 01-01-2019, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations on Quality Hames Harness

I am selling my breastcollar style harness in favor of getting one with a full collar and hames. Unless I get lucky and find one used for a good price, I need an affordable option for a new harness.

Does anyone have recommendations of a good hames harness that won't break the bank? I'm looking to stay under $1000.

I was looking at Amber Hillside, and my impression is that their harness quality is okay and I've seen their nylon harness recommended here before, although I am interested in their leather harness currently.

I have also read good things about Chimacum Tack, but I am less inclined to buy from them simply because I would prefer a leather harness.

Are there any others out there that would be affordable on a low budget? Sellers to stay away from?
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-02-2019, 12:21 AM
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Have you thought about just buying collar, hames and traces to go with your current harness? Smuckers and Bowman are two good leather brands.
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-02-2019, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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I did think about that, but there are some design points of this harness that I have never really liked, so I thought I'd rather just replace the whole thing even if it is nicely made.

A new smuckers harness may be just a bit too expensive for me at the moment, though I do see used sets pop up occasionally. I will check out bowman.
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-02-2019, 11:43 AM
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Being a harness geek myself, I totally understand! There are many FB driving buy sell groups. Nicer used harness comes up with reasonable frequency. Best of luck in your search!
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Are you looking for a buggy harness or a work harness? Call Bowman (you want Joe, not Dan) in Millersburg, OH. The brothers use the same leather, but Dan only stitches his harness by hand, and Joe uses staples, so his are less expensive. Joe does both work and buggy harness.
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I was putting a book away, and THERE were the Bowman catalogs!!

It is from 2012, but the price for a hames style leather buggy harness was $540, collars were $74 - $91.

You can leave a message at : 330-893-4151

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I was putting a book away, and THERE were the Bowman catalogs!!

It is from 2012, but the price for a hames style leather buggy harness was $540, collars were $74 - $91.

You can leave a message at : 330-893-4151
As I'm a pleasure driver, I am after a buggy harness. Thanks for the info!
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-03-2019, 09:47 AM
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Joe Bowman made my Biothane pair harness, and my leather pair lines. Dan made my show harnesses. I LOVE what they call “garment leather wrapped lines”.... they are SO easy to grip, and yet they slide when needed.

They are quite accommodating....it seems like I had to send the lines back and have adjustments made(my horses are Arabian, so kind of short in length....) I think he did the bridles custom , too, because of the strange size. Be sure and tell them you want a proper nose and, because the Amish don’t usually use one, but they always use an overcheck, so you can have that left off, if you don’t use one.

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post #9 of 17 Old 01-04-2019, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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That is one other thing I neglected to mention. I don't use an overcheck or side check. My horse doesn't need one, so I was looking to just get one without checks entirely if I could. Though I suppose I don't have to use one just because I have it, as I did with the harness I currently have. So an option that will make harness without checks is good. I have some more things to think about now I suppose.
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-04-2019, 08:11 AM
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Do you know what size collar your horse wears? My DH bought a nice collar off someone (he travels through Amish country a lot), and It is the same size as several of mine. If it would fit yours, we could make a deal. It may be pretty patent leather , and I will check the size....

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