Je Suis Prest

Fraser School of Driving

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Alex & Kayo Fraser    406-846-3686  Mountain time

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How to measure for a properly fitted harness
To order a harness or blanket to fit your horse use these guidelines for measuring your horse. 
measure-horse
(You may click on the photo for a larger view.)

A. From the corner of the mouth on one side, over the head to the corner of the mouth on the other side.

B. Girth - all around

C. From the line where the breeching would fit across the hip to the other side.

D. From point of the tail to where the saddle would fit.

E. Breeching.  This would be measured around the point of the buttocks.

F. From the lower point of the neck to the top of the withers. This would measure for a breast collar harness For another technique to measure for a hame style collar, see the illustration below.

 
Hame Style Collar
   Collar measurements. The best way to know what size collar your horse needs is to try on an collar to see how it fits. You need to have room at the bottom for your hand to slide between the collar and your horse's neck. If you don't have a collar to try, you can either buy a horse neck measurer or use the suggestion below as a guide line for measuring a horse for a hame style collar.

  Take two carpenter squares.  Place them together to form a "C".  Place the top of the "C" in front of the withers, place the bottom of the "c" two inches in front of the shoulders.  Be sure to allow finger room at the base of the throat.  Measure the inside of the "C" to obtain the size.

If you have tried on a collar and need to know what size it is - you measure the inside if the collar top to bottom as seen below.

Sweeney Collar Explained :
 The thicker a horse's neck, the less material they need on the "inside" of the collar. This is apparent approx. 1/3 the way down the neck of the collar.
 Very thicked necked horses, usually stallions, will require a full sweeney. An average horse will take a half sweeney, and a thin necked horse will take a full face, as will a mule. Mules and donkeys will have even more material as they are thinner necked by nature
 Most draft geldings and mares, as well as most quarter horse type horses and Haflingers, will use the half sweeney.
 Full face would be used by Standard bred or Saddle bred horses, as well as Arabians.
 Keep in mind these are "most" definitions
 The key to getting the most from your horse depends on making them as comfortable as possible.

Hames will be 2 inches larger than the collar measurments.

 Call or email for questions or to order.
 

Telephone: 406.846.3686 

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