• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Bartville Harness Custom Work - Two Thumbs Up!

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Bartville Harness Custom Work - Two Thumbs Up!

    Just wanted to throw a quick plug out there for custom work from Bartville Harness, if anyone has been thinking of having them do something.

    I had an old breastplate that I absolutely LOVED... but then it finally bit the dust. I had not been able to find a suitable replacement anywhere (the sizing, adjustments, etc were never right).

    Finally, when visiting the BF in NY, we took a roadtrip to Bartville in PA.

    For a grand total of $96.50, I now have a perfectly custom breastplate, exactly to my specifications, and absolutely the same quality as Nunn Finer! (As expected... but still awesome!)

    If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
    Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

  • #2
    Nunn Finer buys their leather and leather products form Bartville. That's why it is the same quality. Going to Bartville/ordering from there is eliminating the middle man.

    Comment

    • Original Poster

      #3
      Originally posted by Ajierene View Post
      Nunn Finer buys their leather and leather products form Bartville. That's why it is the same quality. Going to Bartville/ordering from there is eliminating the middle man.
      Sorry, I should have been more clear. I already knew that Bartville did the work for Nunn Finer. Basically, I meant for this thread as a positive review for anyone considering having them do custom work. It's definitely worth the time to work with them, even if it's all old-school (no interwebs!)
      If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
      Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by Ajierene View Post
        Nunn Finer buys their leather and leather products form Bartville. That's why it is the same quality. Going to Bartville/ordering from there is eliminating the middle man.
        Before a pissing contest ensues with other posters saying "No they don't," let's qualify that by saying that Bartville makes MANY but not ALL of the leather strap goods for Nunn Finer. A number of their newer schmancier bridles, including the Bellissimo series, are coming from another contractor. At least one person has reported a Nunn Finer bridle stamped "India."

        But I am a die-hard Bartville fan. In fact, just put in a huge bridle order for my whole barn this morning. They took one look at my Bartville elastic hunt breastplate and said "Well I guess we know where our show bridles are coming from this season." My guy will be wearing the Bartville equivalent of the Nunn Finer Event Bridle.
        Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/

        Comment


        • #5
          When by boyfriend started riding he borrowed his cousin's GIANT Percheron cross whose bridle had mysteriously disappeared. We had a custom one made by Bartville (because they don't make them that big!!! ) and it was the nicest piece of tack we had. They are so well made and the Stoltzfus' are SO nice.

          Another Bartville devotee here!
          "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant

          Comment


          • #6
            I was there yesterday So very grateful to have it close enough to be able to "pop over"

            Not to mention all the Amish run nurseries. Goff’s right around the corner from Bartville .... In case anyone was thinking of doing any gardening in the PA area this spring.
            "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork

            Comment


            • #7
              I LOVE Bartville! Levi is just a peach and he always seems to remember me, even though we've never met - he's just taken a ton of calls from me! I find myself looking for opportunities to order from them. I'm hoping to order a halter and a breast plate from them soon.

              Yay Bartville!
              Final Furlong Racehorse Retirement

              Comment


              • #8
                So you all have me curious...for those that have ordered, what is the turn-around time on the items? Do they make a 5-point breastplate, and just how customizable is it? Thanks!

                Comment


                • #9
                  I have the exact same question as goodmorning...

                  How do you go about ordering? Just call them up, tell them what you want, and... then wait for it to arrive? Do they have a catalog at all?

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Good & Fleck:

                    I would call and ask. I think that turn around really depends on how much work they have. When e ordered the bridle it was ready in less than 2 weeks. I'm not sure if they were just not that busy or if that is standard.

                    The BEST thing to do is to actually go to the store with an example of what you want. The drive there is SO pretty... a real Amish Country experience. Much cooler than the usual Intercourse/Bird in Hand pit stop near Lancaster. This is REAL Amish Country. I've heard rumors about a catalog but I've never seen one.

                    Apparently they will copy almost anything (including a 5-point breastplate) and I know that the have done a LOT of copies of the Devocoux 5-point.
                    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by VicariousRider View Post
                      Good & Fleck:

                      The BEST thing to do is to actually go to the store with an example of what you want. The drive there is SO pretty... a real Amish Country experience. Much cooler than the usual Intercourse/Bird in Hand pit stop near Lancaster. This is REAL Amish Country. I've heard rumors about a catalog but I've never seen one.
                      I was there earlier in the week. They do have a catalog but it's pretty plain, just ask for it. I think they may keep them under the counter so people don't take too many.

                      I bought a bridle a few weeks ago but when I got it home the brow band was a little too snug so I took it back and Levi just swapped it for one a little larger. Of course while I was there I just had to have a new set of half hole black leathers and a handful of barn supplies. It's wonderful being within reasonable driving distance.
                      "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple” – Barry Switzer

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I have been going to Bartville for close to 20 years! They are so great. I always do a custom halter with a cob nose for my mare so it fits her better. Two years ago they made my flat hunt bridle with sewn in extraaaaa long reins and bit for sidesaddle. I also showed them what I wanted for a balance strap and it turned out wonderful. They also did a tri-fold girth for me custom and all of this for around a whopping 300 dollars!

                        I do believe they are making a 5 point breastplate now, I thought I saw it last time I was up there.

                        I remember a about 10 years back my Mom and I were tack shop hoping and saw John from BOB in the store. Thats when we figured out about his made in america stuff!
                        http://jconnors1982.blogspot.com

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          ha ha... Considering I live in Georgia.... that's not gonna work.

                          I'll call.....

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by goodmorning View Post
                            So you all have me curious...for those that have ordered, what is the turn-around time on the items? Do they make a 5-point breastplate, and just how customizable is it? Thanks!
                            They will make anything you ask them to and come up with a price. This is whether you want a particular color bridle with a particular color rubber reins or some crazy harness contraption that you came up with in a dream. You will need the specs for the latter, though....

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Creaghgal... any info on the nursery? I'm looking to get quite a few (100+) evergreens, some shade trees (25+) and some other shrubs this spring. I'm about an hour from Bartville and planned to go there this or next weekend anyway.

                              Thanks!

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Well, I spoke with the very nice folks at Bartville and will be mailing them a photo of a breastplate I'm interested in, to see if they can make it. It's the Amerigo-style one, from the Allison Springer thread. Very excited to see if they can make this, though my description over the phone was somewhat entertaining...mailing photo's seems much easier

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by goodmorning View Post
                                  Well, I spoke with the very nice folks at Bartville and will be mailing them a photo of a breastplate I'm interested in, to see if they can make it. It's the Amerigo-style one, from the Allison Springer thread. Very excited to see if they can make this, though my description over the phone was somewhat entertaining...mailing photo's seems much easier
                                  Let us know what they say! I'm interested in getting a look alike also

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by goodmorning View Post
                                    Well, I spoke with the very nice folks at Bartville and will be mailing them a photo of a breastplate I'm interested in, to see if they can make it. It's the Amerigo-style one, from the Allison Springer thread. Very excited to see if they can make this, though my description over the phone was somewhat entertaining...mailing photo's seems much easier

                                    Just curious if you heard back from them as we find ourselves now in need of a breastplate!

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      I did hear back, they said that they can probably make it but to be sure we are on the same page regarding the design, I have to mail them some photos. Printed several views out on photopaper & I was mailing them tomorrow. I live a ways from PA so we're going about this the 'snail mail' way

                                      Comment

                                      Working...
                                      X