Question by Zephyr is the Shiznik: Any one have a good site on how to make a dog carting harness?
I’m getting a dog cart in about a week (YAY!! CAN’T WAIT!!)
here’s a link to it:
However, I’m not ready to shell out -50 on 3 harnesses, when I’m pretty sure that, with the right instructions, I could make one myself for much cheaper. Any one know how/ where? Thanks!
I was planning nylon, anyway.. I can sew through it using either polyester or fishig line. Thanks!
The one I’m getting also includes the team bar.. in addition to the single. THx.. I will be doing both individual and team pulling… as the dogs are trained. My older pit is already trained, and once the pit puppy and great dane pup reach maturity, they will be added. I will be runng them with the aut, though, just wihout them pulling weight. thx
Could you possibly find a site w/ a picture of the parade harness? Is it the simple one with the gig to hold the shafts, and the front breast plate?
The resha site looks to have cheaper harnesses.. thanks! Also. the Nordkyn Pulk harness? Is that a substitution for a carting harness? I also emailed the site to ask this. As far as carting goes, I am knowledgable in everything but harnesses!! I’m headin to the library to look up more stuff. can’t seem to get what I need offline.. But a few of the sites that have been posted have been different than what I’ve found in the years I’ve been loking!
Also, in the last site you gave me, how do I attach the shafts to the harness?
Sorry I keep posting.. but you’re being quite helpful!! THanks!
oh, ok! You seem like an historian of sorts on harnesses. thanks again for all your assistance!

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Answer by GotNewfs?
It is really easier and better to buy them. If the harness is not correct for the dog and the cart (or travois) that you use, the dog can suffer injuries.

Those are not really what you would call “starter carts” either. A parade harness can work and is easier to go about making than a siwash would be. You can search some sites and see which you prefer, and ask the maker of your cart which they would advise.
If you get a single dog cart, you only need one harness at a time. If the dogs are about the same size, you can use the same one for all. We have 5 Newfs, and have two harnesses. One for the boys and one for the girls.

Personally, I do not like the leather. We have the nylon siwash type with the lambs wool lining. We have used this type for 16 years. You would need a pretty heavy duty sewing machine to stitch a harness also.

The leather one in the last site is what we commonly call a parade harness. It does not give the same stablility and control as the siwash. We do not use them much for competition…..unless it is decorative carting and not so much pulling.
The good old siwash is the best in my opinion. They are adjustable also.

Nordkyn is really good. If you contact them, tell them the breeds and the cart type and what you want to do, they can tell you what you should get. They have always has real people that had a clue answer the phone in the past.

On most like the last one, you are given the option to have them add the shaft adapters. That would allow you to attach the shafts as well as use the singletree or spreader bar. The one shown…without the what I think they used to call a “roading harness”. Have no idea why.

We went through a LOT of harnesses back in 1993 when we first started carting. None seemed to work well and they were hard to fit. thank GOd that today the companies have gotten a lot better and there are more choices!!!!!!! The carts have gotten a lot better also….but my favorite is a cheap little model that DogWorks made called the Snap Cart. Great for competition and hauling in the groceries!!!!!

Best of luck with the carting!!! It sure is great fun!!!!!!

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