For more than 30 years, Biothane by Biothane Coated Webbing co. (formerly Bioplastics, Inc.), has provided security and durability to thousands of horseback riders and drivers. Standardbred harness racers, carriage drivers & endurance riders, who have represented their countries around the world, have used Biothane on their champions. Whether you need a simple bridle for your trail horse, or harness for your 6 up draft hitch team, Biothane and Parry Harness & Tack delivers!
We use only authentic, USA made, Biothane and BETAthane not Brahma, and top quality stainless steel hardware. With the clean lines, look and feel of traditional leather, Parry Harness and Tack is perfect for everyday use as well as in the show ring. We offer an array of colors in both Biothane and BETA. Coated strapping from Biothane is in compliance with FDA skin-sensitivity requirements.
Benefits of Our Products
- Lightweight and easy to carry with a soft feel to the hand
- Flexible, easy to work with and doesn’t get stiff in cold weather
- Resistant to abrasion, cuts, cracks, mold, mildew and chemicals
- Nonabsorbent and easily cleaned, saving time and money
- Easily decontaminated, making it safer for horses and people
- Uniform tensile strength, ensuring consistent performance
- Looks and feels like leather with less maintenance and improved durability
How to Care for your Biothane Harness & Tack
“You don’t even have to take it off your horse to clean it!” Simply spray it off with water, hang it to dry, and you’re ready for the next drive or ride. You may also dunk it in a bucket of warm soapy water or wipe it down with handiwipes, baby wipes or a cloth with a little rubbing alcohol. You may also use the top shelf of your dishwasher – bit and all.
Warning: Please Note: Insect repellents cause staining, pitting, drying and cracking on the TPU/PVC coated webbing (BETA). We suggest using a natural/organic repellent or using the Granite series Beta/Biothane for your tack. Clean your Biothane and BETA tack regularly for a lifetime of use.
Frequently Asked Questions about Biothane & BETAthane
What is Biothane®?
Biothane® is the brand name of all coated webbing products made by Biothane Coated Webbing co. It is a polyester webbing with a TPU or PVC coating that makes it more durable, waterproof, easy to clean and weldable.
What is the difference between BETA® & Biothane®?
Biothane® is the brand name of all coated webbing products manufactured by Biothane Coated Webbing Corp., formally Bioplastics. BETA® is an actual coating option and is the closest thing to leather in the equine marketplace.
How long has Biothane® been used in the equine field?
Biothane® has been used in the equine markets since 1978. Parry Harness & Tack being one of the 3 original harness & tack manufacturer’s asked to help introduce biothane to the equine market in 1978.
Will Biothane® always look this good?
Biothane will hold its appearance longer than leather. Biothane® has been specifically designed for attractive longevity.
Why did the Amish switch to Biothane®?
Not only did it make practical sense on paper, but Biothane® products spoke for themselves when put to the test. The unparalleled performance, strength, and efficiency made it a quick and easy decision.
How does Biothane® fit the horse?
Just like leather, Biothane® can be ordered in not only the size you need, but also the color you desire. Biothane® can be sewn, welded, or heated just like leather.
Does Biothane® rub or hurt the horse?
You and your horse will appreciate the fact that Biothane® does not absorb moisture, bacteria or hold mildew. Using Biothane will not harm your horse in any way.
How safe is Biothane® compared to leather?
Biothane®, having gone through rigorous testing processes, gives you the security and advantage of over 30 years of use.
How exactly is Biothane® economical?
Biothane saves you money, time and energy. Compared to leather, it is easier to clean and maintain, lasts longer, and weighs less.
How do I clean Biothane®?
My favorite saying, “You don’t even have to take it off your horse to clean it!” Simply spray it off with water, hang it to dry, and you’re ready for the next drive or ride. You may also dunk it in a bucket of warm soapy water or wipe it down with handiwipes, baby wipes or a cloth with a little rubbing alcohol. You may also use the top shelf of your dishwasher – bit and all.
How does Biothane® hold-up in cold weather?
Biothane® doesn’t harden or crack. It’s consistent and much easier to handle.
How much does Biothane® weigh?
Biothane® is 20% lighter than leather.
How much does Biothane® cost?
One would assume with all the value added perks of utilizing Biothane® the price would be higher than leather. Biothane, compared to leather costs 20% less.