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Harness Selection, Fit, and Care

For my undergrad degree, I had a three-credit course in Ergonomics, which the Cambridge Dictionary describes as the study "relating to the design of furniture or equipment which makes it comfortable and effective for people who use it."  This class caused me to seriously evaluate how our driving horses use their equipment, or more specifically, the harness. 

Here is our collection of articles we have authored addressing how to choose a harness, what styles are available for a particular driving sport, harness fit, and maintaining your harness.

Also, don't miss our Harness Fitting Mistakes in our Blog!


Leather or Synthetic Harness? - Which material would best suit your needs

Beta vs. Biothane? - Explaining synthetic materials

Harness Measuring Mistakes - How to measure your horse for a new harness

Styles of Harness Which style of harness would best suit your needs

Harness Purchase & Care - PowerPoint PDF, Given at the 2018 Midwest Horse Fair

Driving Saddle Placement - Where the saddle should be placed on the back

Saddle Gullet Clearance - Importance of space for the spine

Leather Harness Maintenance & Detailing - cleaning your leather harness

Synthetic Harness Maintenance & Detailing - cleaning your synthetic harness

Storing Your Harness - properly storing your harness

Carriage Driving Reins - history and selection of reins


ADS Videos

Harness Fit & Adjustment - how-to video with Dana Bright

Harnessing and Putting to with a Marathon Vehicle - how-to video with Dana Bright

Harness, Bits, and More - webinar with Jeff Morse


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