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Measuring Horse Harness Parts & Hardware

Measuring Horse Harness Parts & Hardware 0

We sell a lot of horse harness parts. We always need measurements from our customers’ existing harnesses in order to match up new parts to them. We have found, however, that many people are unfamiliar with what measurements need to be taken in order to do so.
To Wrap or Not to Wrap?

To Wrap or Not to Wrap? 2

Do you always wrap your breeching holdbacks or use some sort of snap to attach them to your breeching for the ease of putting your horse to the vehicle or for quick release?
Placement of the Driving Saddle

Placement of the Driving Saddle 1

The placement of a horse harness driving saddle should be well-behind the horse’s withers. A common newbie mistake is to place the saddle on top of or near the withers. The driving saddle should, in no way, touch the withers.
Gullet Clearance… What is it and Why is it Important?

Gullet Clearance… What is it and Why is it Important? 1

You might hear an experienced carriage driver talk about gullet clearance on a driving saddle. This is because there are a lot of inexpensive harnesses on the market that don’t provide any spine relief in any capacity. A good driving saddle provides gullet clearance for any shape horse.
Our Harness Fitting Mistakes

Our Harness Fitting Mistakes 15

Yes, it is true. I will admit it. We made mistakes when we first started driving. That realization has me using the phrase, “We’ve made all the mistakes so you don’t have to.” One of the major mistakes we made when we didn’t know any better was to use harnesses that technically didn’t fit. Here are some examples.
Why We Love the Mid V Shaped Breast Collar

Why We Love the Mid V Shaped Breast Collar 0

We started using shaped breast collars quite a few years ago. For our low-necked horses, the shaped collars where a blessing. Finally, our horses could breathe and move at the same time! The IVC Mid V Breast Collar lays flat on the chest while clearing the windpipe and the shoulder.