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#71 PintoPalLover

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 10:33 PM

I think some of the harness decision boils down to personal preference, but I will say that if you get a good quality harness it should last through training and still be perfectly fine for use in most places. It helps if you take good care of it , and I'll also add , a good quality harness is easier to take care of.  I've been happy with the Ozark harness so far and the customer service there is wonderful !! That being said, I still think if I really enjoy driving a Comfy Fit or such might be in my future. :) I think the carriage harness from Ozark would probably suit your needs well. I got my first harness through ebay , I believe it was from Frontier Equestrian, but I would have to double check that, it's been through a lot and is still a great harness.  Glad you found a cart.  :yes


 

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 10:57 AM

I'd like to point out that most of the driving harnesses for sale are made by the Amish.  Dealers like Ozark Mt. and Driving Essentials are not making the harnesses themselves but acting as middlemen and selling them.  You can save money by going directly to the actual harness maker yourself.  On the flip side, if you don't know exactly what you want you may be better off going to a middleman who can help you figure out what you need and advocate for you with any fit or quality issues.

 

I've had very good service from Samuel Esh at Center Square Harness Shop in Leola, PA.  Yonie of Yonie's Harness Shop in Honeybrook, PA makes very nice synthetic harness.  Becky Zimmerman in Ephrata also makes nice harness.  For the most part they don't have websites or splashy ads.  I live in PA so I have a lot of Amish nearby but most states have Amish enclaves.  


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:03 PM

I'd like to point out that most of the driving harnesses for sale are made by the Amish.  Dealers like Ozark Mt. and Driving Essentials are not making the harnesses themselves but acting as middlemen and selling them.  You can save money by going directly to the actual harness maker yourself.  On the flip side, if you don't know exactly what you want you may be better off going to a middleman who can help you figure out what you need and advocate for you with any fit or quality issues.

 

I've had very good service from Samuel Esh at Center Square Harness Shop in Leola, PA.  Yonie of Yonie's Harness Shop in Honeybrook, PA makes very nice synthetic harness.  Becky Zimmerman in Ephrata also makes nice harness.  For the most part they don't have websites or splashy ads.  I live in PA so I have a lot of Amish nearby but most states have Amish enclaves.

Thank you for the insights!  So if I would take harness measurements and tell them things like roller buckles, breeching etc.  would that be enough?  I am planning on doing country driving in fields etc. and small shows....can you make any recommendations on what all I would need to tell them?  



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Posted Yesterday, 10:28 AM

Try to think of every part of the harness and how you'd like it to look.  Here's my list:

BRIDLE

Keepers not "boxes" to hold strap ends (throughout harness)  It makes your harness look more elegant.

shaped crown piece, no check

cavesson with extra loose keepers

D shaped blinkers

tear drop/ or none

 

Collar

buckle in traces

shaped breastcollar

turrets on neck strap

what end do you want on your traces: slots for a typical singletree or rings for snap shackles

 

Saddle more than 2 1/2" wide if you're using a two wheeled cart

tree

open tugs

over girth, not wrapstrap

breeching: with or without trace carriers (trace carriers go on the ring of the breeching, use when your singletree is lower than your shafts)

 

Reins

all brown, not brown and black

finger loop

 

Fittings

what color metal: brass or chrome

stainless steel tongues on all buckles

roller buckles where needed (some buckles, ones that are just for adjustment and aren't changed all the time don't need to be roller buckles)

NO CONWAYs

 

I'd also get extra loose keepers in a few sizes.  If you use a check sometimes add a sidecheck and rings for it on the crown piece.  French snaps can class it up rather than regular snaps.

 

I take my saddles back for restuffing once in a while, like after 10 - 15 years.  I like to get browbands with a bead of colored leather or a metal decoration.  

 

Samuel is so used to what I like he has a type of harness he calls Jaye's Harness.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:46 AM

Thanks jventresca !!! That's a great list  :yes


 

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