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#1 secuono

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 12:55 AM

My 2 minis are 36in. Might grow a hair.

Are there tips on how to pick out it all??

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:08 AM

Figure out which harness you want to invest in. Remember it's an investment more than expense so go with the highest quality harness you can afford. Ozark has very nice harness for beginners. I used mine for several years before upgrading to a Comfy Fit. Once you find the harness you want you should be able to find how to measure for that harness on the harness maker/seller website. If not you should call and ask them what measurements you need to take. You can also let them know the ages of your minis and that there is still a little possible growth so they can make the harness to be adjusted a little larger should you need it. Most harness shops are happy to chat with you to get your harness just right.

I just got my comfy fit and I had sent in all the required measurements and when it arrived not only was it the correct size but it was already adjusted to fit my mini! I only had to make minor adjustments. I also called to talk to them and got quick release tug loops since my tugs have loop ends instead of straight ends, I also got quick release traces for safety sake. 

 

My first harness from Ozark was also a good harness. It's what I trained Clementine in and it lasted us for years. It's leather and still in great shape. Clem just had a little growth spurt between 4-5 year old and filled out. So it's a bit small on her now but works in a pinch if I need it to.

 

Good luck on your search. I'm sure many more will chime in with the harnesses they love.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 06:27 PM

Are there basic single driving harness sets without all the headgear included?

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 08:43 PM

I bought a mini harness from Big Dees Harness a couple of years ago and would recommend it if you just want a training harness. It is not fancy, but the leather was decent but it comes with a bridle. It is super adjustable, it fits my 32 inch mini and 34 inch mini and I would say it would accommodate a 36 inch mini easily. I bought it as a starter harness but stuck with it as I can't find anything I like better that fits my two. The bridle isn't the greatest, but the harness is only $135 and it sounds like you don't need a bridle?
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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:56 PM

My harness is Big Dee. I have used it for 15 years. At that tine, the bridle was super. It is still the best bridle I have owned. You can just buy a headstall if you don't want blinders or checks.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:34 PM

Yeah, mine will go in just their halter. No blinders, bits or checks.

Side question, is the breeching part needed?
I see some don't come with them, so then I wonder what it's purpose is?

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Yes, we are just piddling around. No shows or heavy use.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:11 PM

Ordered a harness! Hope it fits!

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 01:09 PM

Ordered a harness! Hope it fits!

Good luck with that tangle of straps and buckles when it arrives!
You cannot safely drive in just a halter. The bit is your communication with your horse.
breeching is important for most driving. The showring likes to minimize harness for looks, but for real driving breeching is pretty important.
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:56 PM

A bit is not the only means of communication nor does it ensure any amount of safety. If it were, no one would ride tack free or bit free ever.
I have seem some wonderful halter only driving.


Is breeching for backing up??
I'm simply not finding a reason why it was invented. I assume it's for backing up.

They had it in stock when I ordered, then got an email that it is not and no clue when it will be available again. =/

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 03:22 PM

Ordered a different one. Reviews were good on it.
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