Educational Articles - Horse Harness
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
Brass or Stainless? - Which metal should you have on your harness
Selecting a Harness - Points to consider...based on our experience
Don't Buy This Harness! - Educational blog on cheap leather harnesses
Styles of Harness - Which style of harness would best suit your needs
Carriage Driving Reins - History and selection of reins
Harness Purchase & Care - PowerPoint PDF, Given at the 2018 Midwest Horse Fair
Measure a Horse for a Harness - How to measure your horse for a new harness
Harness Measuring Mistakes - Typical measuring mistakes
Measure Horse Harness Parts - How to measure to match your parts
Convert Your Harness for a Marathon Vehicle - What parts you need
Ergonomics of Harness Fit - Presentation given for the 2021 ADS Annual Meeting
Driving Saddle Placement - Where the saddle should be placed on the back
Saddle Gullet Clearance - Importance of space for the spine
Bridle Gullet Strap - What is it and why do I need one?
Our Harness Fitting Mistakes - The first educational article in the blog series "We've Made All the Mistakes So You Don't Have To"
Why We Love the Mid V Breast Collar - Educational blog post
Leather Harness Maintenance & Detailing - Cleaning your leather harness
Synthetic Harness Maintenance & Detailing - Cleaning your synthetic harness
Storing Your Harness - Properly storing your harness
Harness & Vehicle Care Mistakes - 2nd post in the blog series "We've Made All the Mistakes..."
American Driving Society Videos & Resources
Harness Parts Poster - learn your parts of a horse harness
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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