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Harness Storage - Case? Bag? Rack?

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  • Harness Storage - Case? Bag? Rack?

    Ok, so I've received my pair harness for my Welsh Sec Bs. Now, where and how do you store your harness when not in use?

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    I have two Kensington Harness Bags for my pony harnesses, they are very nice quality and hang from the side of my horse trailer or stall gate:

    http://www.minitack.com/kmbag.htm
    "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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    • #3
      I store mine in a harness bag and bridle bag in my tack room. Sides are mesh, which is nice.

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      • #4
        In a harness bag like this http://www.radoninc.com/images/mediu...12-5medium.gif or in a harness trunk like this http://www.radoninc.com/images/large/DSC00185.JPG

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        • #5
          I store my "show" Driving Essentials leathe harness in a extra big wheeled pull along suitcase in my a/c closet. It comes out maybe once or twice a year.

          My beta-bio lives on a rack that doubles as a cart stand and harness holder. I made it from 2 inch pvc. It can be broken down and taken to shows easily. Keep it covered with a sheet.

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          • #6
            Radon Harness bags .
            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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            • #7
              Harness in everyday use is hung up in the harness room on racks

              Harness used regularly but less than that is in a locked harness cupboard in the harness room.

              Harness rarely used is all in bags and then in large plastic (rodent proof) boxes on shelves in the harness room.

              Old and very nice English Patent Leather show harness only used to show folks what it's like is in bags and in blanket boxes in the house.

              I use quite a lot of old continental quilt covers for bags.

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              • #8
                My harness is bio and hangs on 2 unused saddle racks in the tack/feed shed. The pieces slip easily over the racks in the order I need them. I cover it all with an oversized bath towel.

                This works perfectly for me, or would if the saddle racks were a few inches farther out from the wall. I can't move them because they would interfere on th eother side with the door.
                "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

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                • #9
                  Your geographical location can make your harness storage choices for you. Up north here, we want our leathergoods kept inside over winter. Doesn't let them freeze.

                  Leather is made of cells, and good conditioning makes leather cells full and flexible. If the cells freeze, they burst the tissues, and leather gets limp and floppy. We keep our harness, saddles, leather stuff in a heated tack room over the winter. We have LOTS of harness, drive Multiples mostly, so storing it well is quite important year around.

                  Those in the southern states have said how fast mold will grow, so they have dehumidifiers going in insulated tack rooms or closets, for leather storage.

                  We are kind of in line with Thomas, using harness racks for most storage in the tack room. Good harness racks keep things shaped as they are designed, not creasing or bending parts. However in the summer, with our humidity so high, we keep the daily use, synthetic harness out in the open barn, so breezes blow and remove dampness. It is stored on a jumping pole hung from the rafters. Pole width is just the right size for the harness saddles and bridles. Supports and spreads out the weight of harness hanging down. Lets the harness dry easily, not in the sun. We can get all four horse harnesses on the pole and spread to dry out.

                  Size and diameter of object you hang bridle or collar on is real important, so you get no cracking or folds, like hanging them on a nail would do. Folks have said that hose storage hangers are a good radius for traces, saddles, reins, and prevent creasing or fold lines.

                  Unused leather harness here is stored mostly in good tack trunks in the tack room. Spread out, with towels between layers. Not piled too deep, so leather is crushed under the weight above. Buckles unfastened to prevent creasing. Leather strap goods coiled for storage.

                  Going to shows we pack things in rolling suitcases, or duffle bags. Bridles in bridle bags that help keep shaping of browbands, blinkers and cavesons from crushing. With carriage harness for our large horses, a number of the harness bags are not heavy enough to manage them. Plus storage enroute, may be crowded, so the suitcases work pretty well for us. We have places to hang harness in the trailer once horses are unloaded.

                  Harness bags are very popular with people who use light harness. Saddlebreds, fancy stepping ponies, QH, with the thin leather strapping, often no breeching. They would probably be using the very light carts behind such horses. Light or Fine Harness is the style needed in their breed showing.

                  So lots of choices, all depends on kinds of harness, where you are, and what you plan to use your horse to do in Driving activities.

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