Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Product Review: Comfy Fit Harness

While I realize not many of my bloggers are drivers; I hope to convert you all that this review will be helpful to those who may find themselves stumped on what kind of harness to purchase, or the additions that come with the Comfy Fit line.


I have owned my Comfy Fit "Carefree" harness for just over a year now, and have used it in all types of weather and conditions.

For those who may be unaware, the Comfy Fit harness is actually not leather! It is made up of synthetic material (biothane), which most readers will associate with endurance-tack. Fear not, as my harness has been mistaken 9/10 as real leather. It doesn't look plastic and it certainly does not look cheap.

Plus, the best part about being synthetic? It doesn't take hours and hours to clean. Just a bit of soap, a cloth and the hose gets it squeaky clean. In fact, prior to our first show in August, I hosed it down at the wash-racks!


The harness itself is super low-maintenance - there is no fear of anything stretching from being exposed to rain or just from regular wear; horses can step on the harness without it becoming indented or scratched (ask me how I know), and after being out in muddy conditions all you have to do is hose it off!

In an effort to ensure I cover all aspects of the harness, I decided to go through each piece separately to highlight every personalized option and some of the cool features.

Bridle/Reins
Super cool bonnets are also a necessity.

You will notice that the bridle cheekpieces and such are expertly tucked away by multiple keepers to prevent them from getting hung up on cart shafts. The noseband is padded along it's entirety with a very spongy material.

Blinders are easily manipulated - I have noticed that I need to widen them up from time to time, especially if they have been in the harness bag for a while and/or moved around while in the bag. I went with rounded blinders, but drivers can opt for square blinders if they so choose.

The reins are actually very comfortable. I didn't know if I would like the feel of biothane reins, but I actually don't mind them at all. There are quite a few rein options to choose from; colored biothane, super grippy biothane, webbed, and even real leather.


Breast-collar/ Saddles


This horse is wearing a deluxe breast collar, wherein there is
more room for the windpipe and it is more ergonomically
friendly for horses with thick/short necks.
Miniature horses tend to be difficult to fit in their chest for the breast-collar, as their necks are short and often tie lower. The straight breast-collars, in some cases, rest on their airways and make it uncomfortable to pull a carriage.

As you can see, Spud's breastcollar has a slight
U shape to it. Certainly not as pronounced as the horse above.

It doesn't stop there, though, as the saddles are completely padded and ergonomical to fit a horse's back. The previous harness I had had a very unshapely saddle which distributed uneven pressure along Spud's back.

In addition to the ergonomically friendly saddle, drivers can easily upgrade the standard tug loops for quick release tugs. I personally love this little upgrade (which did not cost me anything extra), for the simplicity of attaching a marathon shaft, or getting a cart off of a horse quick.

You can see how the saddle just molds to him, and the quick release
tugs - lift up and the tug will automatically release the shaft
of the cart entirely.

Breeching

The breeching itself is pretty standard - I find it fits quite well around the horse and the amount of hole punches the entire harness already comes with really gives you the ability to give your horse a customized fit. The crupper is no different than the noseband - it is very soft and squishy.

I have booty shots a plenty.

Overall - for the price, this harness is a fantastic buy. It definitely is a step up from the cheapie leather harnesses littering eBay, but it isn't enough to break the bank like a show harness would. It is very much an "all around" harness in the sense that you can enter just about anything with it and still be within the show rules.

I love the fact I can go out and get it dirty, have Spud step on it, accidentally drop it in a puddle, and forget about it in my tack room during the wet months and it doesn't show age, mold, mildew, or scratches.

4 comments:

  1. Spud looks adorable in his tack! But you knew that already.

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  2. I'll have to check them out. Though both our Mini's have harnesses. One is a cheap nylon, the others leather. Really like the idea of a more ergonomic breat collar.

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    1. The harnesses aren't *cheap* persay, but they are much cheaper than the likes of, say, a Smucker harness.

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