What am I looking for in a collar and hames? I've been lurking on Chimacum Tack's website for a while and I like their stuff, are they good? Is there any great difference between bolt, staple or hook styles? Turrets fixed or loose, or no terrets at all? I'm assuming I don't need pulling hames … while Thunder will be doing some pulling, it will all be light and I don't plan on logging with him or anything. Should I get buggy hames or work hames? Or is there like an all-round hames? lol Sorry for the storm of questions, I want to get this done right the first time.
Thanks all. : )
Hames are just what you said the bolt is run thru the tug, with the hook the tug is hooked on (I don't trust these, no experience with them just prefer to have it bolted on. Cant say anything about the staple, don't know them.
Pulling = BIG BOYS the pulling competition guys/loggers. Large heavy equipment. You would never need it.
Work or Farm = for pulling a plow, or work but not as heavy as the Pulling.
Buggy/carriage= lighter weight not as heavy duty, used for things that are easy to pull.
Terrets = are the rings that the lines go thru. Fixed would be fixed solid to the hames and the loose means that they are fixed to it but the ring will slide.(if that makes sence).
My opinion is get the farm/work harness, it will be heavier to carry and to lift over the horse, than your breast plate. Don't get leather, to much upkeep, get bio, a new one will run you between $400-600(depending on how much bling you want on it). The buggy harness will work, but the work harness will be a little more all-round harness.
I don't think your going to be able to use your tugs from your breast plate harness, I think they will be to short, on the breast plate the hook in back on the shoulder more and with the hames they are going to hook in more on the front of the shoulder.
If you need some other places to buy from let me know, Ive got several #'s for amish harness makers that do good work.