Hello, I'm new to driving my own horse and harness fitting, etc. I previously drove carriages in various cities, for weddings and such and only recently was able to invest in the equipment for my own gelding. I've been ground driving him while I patiently wait for the cart to arrive (alright, I'm not that patient), and I noticed that he's getting a rubbed spot on the underside of his tail from the crupper. Has anyone else experienced this? Do they ever develop calouses where the crupper sits? I ordered him a cover for it, but was curious about this.
You should never get rubs from the crupper. It is either to tight (high) or to narrow. You don't specifically state where the rubs are. I prefer the folded glove leather cruppers. I really do NOT like the molded ones, esp the plastic ones. When you lift the tail, the crupper should hang down at least 2" below his tail, somewhat covering his anus.
Ahhh... Ok. That may be my problem then, I'll loosen it up a bit. It is a molded leather crupper. My trainer had checked the harness fit, but I don't remember if she checked the crupper. I will give that a try tomorrow. Thanks!
the one picture showing the tail head - the split for the crupper to buckle on is rather short , so to make it work the whole strap needs more play
you can also cover the crupper with a fleece. I prefer using natural real sheepskin. you can get a halter tube and slide it over - some horses like a thicker crupper
the tube thing also slides off easily to wash
Yea, I already today ordered a cover for the crupper because he does tend to be a thin skinned, more sensitive when it comes to his skin, type of horse. I wasn't sure if it was just him, or it was fitted wrong, or what. So I appreciate the responses! I will adjust it down tomorrow... also, he doesn't tend to move his tail much... ever... at all. He doesn't keep it clamped down, but it's not lifted at any point either. Could this be contributing to his rubbing?
Ok, quick update... I loosened everything up today, but... because of the steepness of his croup, the crupper was still touching the under side of his tail. There's really no way to make it hang freely because his croup is very steep and his tail hangs very low... I never noticed how extreme it was before. I've got a crupper cover on the way, so hopefully that will fully remedy the situation.
If you have the backband out to the last hole, then you need to order a longer backband so that your crupper rests about an inch under the dock of the tail, but doesn't press against the tailbone itself. Ordering a cover for the current crupper will only tighten up the limited space under the tail as it is, putting even more pressure on the tail bone.
If you aren't doing any steep hills that would cause the saddle to move forward on your horse's back from the tugs going forward, or if you don't use a side check that would put forward pressure on the saddle hook if your horse bears down on the bit enough to pull on the saddle, you can dispense with the crupper altogether. The only reason for the crupper is to keep the saddle from moving forward onto the withers.
The crupper is clean, I cleaned the whole harness when I got it. It's a used harness made of biothane, but the crupper is leather. After looking at pictures and talking to my trainer, we think it's the slope of his hind end and his low-set tail. A longer back strap would cause the breeching to be way too far back. I may consider something custom for him in the future if we really get into driving seriously.