Used Driving HarnessSecond-hand drive harness
Driving events are varied and include leisure and stamina rides, high-level show ring events and fast-paced driving contests. Wire looms are like a saddle. Many different models, fashions and grades are available on the shelves. There'?s no "real" cable for everyone. On the other hand, the kind of wiring harness you need will depend on the kind of driving you are planning to do, the kind of car you are going to use, and, probably the most important factors, how much you can afford. What is the most important thing you need to know is how much you can buy and how much you can use.
Trapeze are available in three different materials: Nylons, imitation leathers and leathers. Plain crockery is the cheapest choice, with a price between 100 and 400 dollars. Nylons are very tough and very light. Usually it is used for leisure driving when towing light cars, e.g. a jogging car or a simple boarding car.
The harness padding is often used under the seat, collar and back to keep the horses from the edge of the harness edge, which can sometimes be sharper or abraded. There are some worried that a harness made of polyamide will not fail in the case of an injury, but high grade or imitation leathers are unlikely to fail either, so this may not play an important role.
Syntetic wiring looms are becoming more and more attractive, both for leisure and show ring use, as they have many beneficial properties. Betas®, Zilco and other types of synthetics are mainly woven fabrics made of polyamide covered with a flexible plastics layer with an imprinted hide design. It is hard to tell from afar whether the tableware is made of genuine or imitation genuine hide.
The probably greatest benefit of plastic harnesses is their easy maintenance. When a harness is moistened or coated with sludge, a harness can become rigid or discoloured if it is not immediately washed. You can clean the harness with only a little bit of oil, without oil, and it looks like new!
Furthermore, the manufacturers of plastic harnesses have integrated security characteristics such as quick-release tractors and wave protection devices, which are not always easily available in harnesses made of genuine leathers. The price of synthesized wiring harnesses typically starts at $400 for floor types and can go up to $1,400 or more for individual, high-performance wiring harnesses. Harness made of cowhide is the traditionally chosen item for many coachmen.
Top grade cable can feel luxury and look like a beautiful work of invention. Moderate ($500 to $1,000) leathers should be of enough grade to endure the rigors of daily use, and are likely to have desired features such as strap marks, a broader nut with a stiff boom, and a hint of suede for a more striking sheen ( see parts of the harness illustration).
Cheap harnesses made of poor grade import leathers should be avoid, as the leathers are rigid, break slightly and often fit badly, Seaton recommends. However, the downside of leathers is that they are easy to clean and should be periodically cleansed and lubricated. Harness leathers are usually dark grey, while rust red (brown) is a favourite option for riders who want a less formally styled look.
If this is your first purchase of a harness, Seaton's suggestion is: "Get the best harness you can buy. "Says the cable should be fastened with heavy duty equipment. Inspect the harness carefully to ensure that the seams are firm and not dried, rotten or lose; the clasps are functionally and not curved; there are no fractured or missed parts; and the materials, whether genuine or imitation leathers, are smooth and tough, not torn or rigid.
When you want to get the best quality tableware you can afford but are on a budget, look out for the classifieds for high value used tableware. Cities like the Driving Society (www.americandrivingsociety.org) and the Carriage Association of America (www.caaonline.com) have lists of everything to do with driving. An used harness that has been well serviced should have a long service lifetime and can be bought for much less than the selling cost.
Which harness you need will depend on the kind of horse drawn ride you are going to make. And if you want to enjoy driving on the road, then a straightforward stroller harness should suffice. Whether you're dreaming of a challenging race such as combination driving or long-distance driving, a high-quality artificial or genuine imitation fur harness is indispensable.
Whilst all parts of a harness are important, the collar is of particular importance as it can withstand the heaviest load. Horses pull the wagon by resting in the collar, so style, craftsmanship and fitting are of paramount importance. The Marshall recommendation is that the collar should be at least three inch in width, with more width being preferred according to the height of the bird or bird.
A cheap or delicate harness, which is only intended for use in the show ring, often has a very small collar. Marshall recommends this is reasonable if the rider is riding the horses for a brief period with only a lightweight jogging carriage, but do not anticipate the rider pulling a large weight over long stretches or rough ground.
"Too high a necklace hinders the horse's respiration, while too low a necklace restricts the motion of the shoulder and can cause friction or pains in the shoulders," Marshall says. Moulded collars are sometimes an optional extra, according to the harness manufacturer. Zilco® makes an empathy necklace, Camptown Harness wears the freedom neck and Country Carriages provides two variations of a moulded necklace.
"With the right fitting so that it has even bust touch, the moulded collar seems to be the most convenient for most stallions I have worked with," says Seaton. "But if it doesn't go smooth over the saddle, the stress is increased in the areas where it makes direct physical contact, resulting in bruises that can cause annoyance and discomfort," she states.
A less popular choice when riding on horseback is a necklace with a full throat, as is most often seen on draught horseback. Developed to evenly spread compression over the throat, the neckband allows the rider to draw with minimum restraint on the shoulders. Necklaces, however, are very hard to adjust correctly and Seaton notes that each saddle may need up to three necklaces during a seasons to keep a good fitting; one for when the saddle is greasy, one for when the saddle is forming, and one for when the saddle is trimmed and in shape.
Saddles are the part of the harness that looks like what most would call a harness. That part of the harness has the tractors (loops) that keep the waves of the car, and also territs (rings) that keep the rein. Seaton recommends that the seat should be well cushioned and at least three and a half to four inch in width so that every part of the car's load can be distributed over its area.
Similar to the collar, a small nut concentrates the compression on a small area, which leads to back problems for the horses. Correct seat position is important; too far forward on the front of the back part, hindering movement of the shoulders and causing spots such as a poorly seated rider's seat; too far back and the seat may slip towards the flanks, posing a significant risk to security (see seat position photos).
A buckle is the part of the harness that goes behind the back of the stallion, with belts that attach it to the car's shaft. Correctly set locking position will prevent the carriage from walking into the rear leg of the stallion. As Marshall explained, the trousers should be placed at a point in the middle of the horse's torso (see photographs of the trousers positioning), and the ring at each end of the trousers should be placed on the horse's side.
Trousers set too low can press the horse's rear feet out under him (similar to someone who kicks you behind his knees). Too high trousers can accumulate under the cock and create an awkward riding position that can lead to pedalling! Either of these position causes the rear part to become inoperative when the slide stops.
"It' s quite normal to see buttocks that are set too loose," Marshall says, and explains that the determination of correct firmness can be obtained by pushing the palm between the horse' s buttocks and the buttocks and then turning it laterally ( perpendicularly ) to the side of the horses. Failure to turn the hands to the side will cause the hips to be too narrow and may cause rubbing of the horse's torso and restrict its freedom of movement.
When they are too high or too low, the horses may see around them and be frightened by an unforeseen view. Indicators should be removed from the horse's eyes so that lashes do not grind on the inside of the indicator. The larynx must be correctly set so that the headstand does not slip when the horses is shaking its skull.
The preparation of yourself and your horses for a career in coach riding can be an adventurous experience. It is best to get the help of a pro when you get into driving so that you can make sound choices right from the start. Unfortunately, driving teachers are not as frequent as other kinds of coaches, so it is possible that there is no one nearby to provide expert support.