When shopping for new harness, the possibilities are almost endless, making it easy to become overwhelmed with choices. We’re here to patiently answer any questions, share the many options available and guide you to the harness that is perfect for you. If you do not see it on the website, it does not mean that we don’t make it, we probably do and we love the challenge of making something brand new!
Our advice is: Try not to be in a hurry, for quite possibly, your Lifetime Harness. Let’s get it exactly right, the first time.
Driving Harness Options to Consider
These are just some of the options available for customizing your driving harness.
- Finish: Shiny Biothane (Patent Leather Look) or Matt/Semi-Gloss Biothane, Contrast Color Lining.
- Decorations: None or Light, Medium, Heavy Round Stainless Steel Spots. Diamonds, hearts, flowers, shields and arrows available for some harness) Color Inlays and Show Housing in Patent Leather.
- Single (1), Pair (2), Unicorn (3), Team of (4, 6, 8), Do you want a Pair or Team of 2 that can go individually as singles (two drivers/carts) as well as a pair side by side, or one in front of the other (Tandem)? We can do it!
- Breastplate Styles: Straight, V Breast, Deep-V Breast, Split Breast, Deep-V Split Breast or Crossover Special.
- Leather Collars: Top Grain, Split Grain or Patent Leather. Adjustable, All Purpose, Mule Style, Sweeney and Half Sweeney, Driving & Pony, Heavy Duty Pulling, Show Collars & Irish.
- Hames: Black or Polished Stainless Steel or Wood. Show hames, Buggy, Farm, Pulling or Orchard styles.
- Bridle: Open or Blinded, Square, Round, Pigeon Wing? Overcheck, Side-check or No Check? Full Noseband, Half Nose or Full Cavesson Noseband. Clyde’s Blaze White Overcheck Straps? Face drop, Crown Snap, Custom Browbands in colors or lined with color, Raised Chain or Reflective
- Shaft Loops: Quick Release (for loop end shafts) or Curved (for straight shafts)
- Traces / Tugs: Solid, Buckle In, Hook In
- Lines: Black, Brown, Plain, Braided, Leather with Grip at Hand or Color. Round front to Bit also Available.
Like most of us, you have leather harness and tack, it works, it’s beautiful, traditionalists require it, as do some rulebooks. Today, more and more judges allow the synthetics. The work involved in maintaining leather harness is only one reason to switch to Biothane Harness. Biothane has been used in the Equine industry – Harness Racing – since 1977. Parry Harness & Tack was one of the original companies associated with Bioplastics, the inventors of Biothane. Biothane “like” products are made in China, Australia, and here in the USA. Whomever you choose to make your new harness, insist on authentic, USA made Biothane.
Parry Tack coined the phrase: “Truly, the last tack you’ll buy… in that color”
How to Measure your Horse for Harness
- A – Corner of Mouth – COM on one side, over poll, to COM on other side.
- B – Noseband – Measure entirely around the Nose, 1 1/2 to 2″ below cheekbone.
- C – Browband – Measure from back of ear, across forhead to back of the other ear.
- D – Length of Horse – Measure the length of your horse (flat) end to end (not around)
- E – Height – Measure from wither to ground.
- F – Girth – Measure all around the horse where the girth & Gig saddle sit, behind the withers.
- G – Back Band – Measure from the back of where the gig saddle would be to the base of the tail.
- H – Breastplate – Measure from just behind the elbow, around the front to behind the elbow on the other side.
- I – Breeching: Measure Flank to Flank – Around buttocks
- J – Collar Measurement – For Hames Harness Only, Call for Measuring Stick or YouTube for video
- K -Bridle Throatlatch – Measure entirely around the head/neck.
- L – Over Check Strap – Measure from top of head to Gig Saddle
- M – Neckstrap – Around base of neck all the way around
- N – Breastplate/ Wither Straps – Measure from the top of the breastplate, over wither to top of the breastplate
- O – Hip strap – Measure from top of the breeching to the top of the breeching on other side.
- P – Trace length – Keep minimum of 18″ to 24″ between horse and cart
- Q – Breed & approximate Weight of your horse