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 Guidelines for Harness Measurements

All measurements are in inches: Minimum to Maximum for each size

DRAFT A: 75 to 94 B: 35 to 49 E: 25 to 30 F: 48 to 54
HORSE A: 75 to 89 B: 33 to 45 E: 24 to 28
F: 42 to 48
A: 65 to 84 B: 32 to 42 E: 23 to 26
F: 38 to 44
PONY A: 64 to 72 B: 31 to 38 E: 22 to 25 F: 36 to 42
SMALL PONY A: 60 to 68 B: 20 to 34 E: 21 to 24 F: 34 to 40
SHETLAND A: 54 to 62 B: 24 to 32 E: 20 to 23 F: 32 to 36
MINI(class B) A: 42 to 58 B: 24 to 30 E: 17 to 20 F: 26 to 32
MINI(class A) A: 26 to 45
B: 14 to 26 E: N/A F: 21 to 28


A:  All the way around the girth (This is where the saddle would go).

B:  Backstrap.

E:  Nose Band length.
F:  Bridle, from bit ring to bit ring over poll. Subtract 3 inches if measuring from corner of mouth to corner of mouth as bit rings are usually 1-1/2 inches      each side.

Above are approximation harness sizes: General Guidelines Only (May not be exact for all horse types)







The Average Heights For The Different Catagories Of Horses

Harness  Horse size (Hands) Horse size (Inches)
DRAFT 17 to 18 hands 68 to 72 inches
HORSE 15.2 to 17 hands 62 to 68 inches
COB 14.2 to 15.2 hands 58 to 62 inches
PONY 13 to 14.2 hands 52 to 58 inches 
SMALL PONY            12 to 13 hands 48 to 52 inches 
SHETLAND 10.2 to 12 hands 42 to 48 inches 
MINI  (Class B)  N/A 32 to 40 inches 
MINI  (Class A)   N/A 26 to 32 inches 
If your horse seems to fall in between sizes here is an example of what to do: If your horse measures 15 1/2 hands  get the horse size if he is heavy set, if he is fine get the cob size harness.
Our pairs harness follow the same measurements as above.  How to  measure for a collar shown at bottom.


 Measuring for a Collar


Cut two squares from cardboard or similar material as shown. Two feet by one foot. (alternatively you may use two carpenters squares)


Put squares together as shown.


Place squares as shown and lay longer end against the horses shoulder where the collar would lay. (You may have to feel where the shoulder bone is located to know where the larger part of the square should lay). Slide the squares together so the top portion touches the top of the neck and the bottom portion touches the bottom.



Measure the distance between the squares. Add about 1/2 to 3/4 inch for clearance and select that collar size.