I've made a lot of harnesses over the years, and those harnesses have helped my customers win a lot of NAN cards and even a few NAN cookies. Still, despite that success, I am much less comfortable making harnesses than I am making saddles. I think it's because I do not have any real life driving experience. I've done the research and collected some pictures, but that's just not the same as hands-on learning. As I've said before, nothing beats the real thing.
That said, I was really pleased to see this lovely pony at the Equine-aganza on Sunday. His name is KCS High Flying Cloud and he's a four year old Section B Welsh Pony stallion from Windsor, Colorado. I spent a lot of time watching him warm up outside, and most of my attention was focused on the intricacies of his nice, pleasure-style harness.
KC is a really nice pony and he and his owner were happy to pose for my pictures. I didn't have the heart to tell them that I was actually more interested in the harness than the pony.I know there are other tackmakers who read this blog. If you are one of them, please feel free to copy these pictures for your reference files. I hope you will find them as helpful as I do!
Here's a close up view of the surcingle and the shaft holders. Good, clear pictures like this are invaluable for the serious tackmaker. I am so pleased to have had a chance to take these.I always struggle with the blinker stays. They are unlike anything you'd see on a riding bridle and I never feel as though I get them exactly right. This picture reinforces that feeling. There's no doubt that I've been overdoing things. I'll definitely refer back to this photo next time I made a driving bridle.