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- June 16, 2014 at 4:44 am #83617
I was never really happy with the solid three horse neck yoke. If the evener can move the neck yoke should too. I had one horse that was coming unhooked. Here are three pictures of my newest version. No good pictures while they were moving as I could get in front of them! I think it worked well. I see a couple little thingsI would do different if I was rebuilding it, but will likely ted hay with it all summer.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.June 16, 2014 at 6:48 am #83622
does it work well for backing up, too? I guess it’s no different than a standard evener in that respect but I’m envisioning a scenario where your middle horse gets pinched (but I guess line pressure would keep them even enough when backing so that it’s not a problem). Nice design overhaul, regardless.June 16, 2014 at 7:43 am #83623
Hi Scott, the ratio of the long to the short bar on each side means that each animal is holding roughly (not exactly) the same amount. They can back up together. One of the features of this design is that there is room for the middle horse to be and few inches in front or behind, without weighting part or all of the system. With no jockey the center horse also gets that room as well.
With Lady in the middle she walked sightly in front of Connie and Polly, while we worked. I would have liked to gotten off and seen what that looked like, but I was alone. Next I will try Connie in the middle as she won’t walk up on anyone!
June 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm #83629
- This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by Donn Hewes.
Looks good,any idea how you would use that design for belly backers??
carlJune 17, 2014 at 4:50 am #83630
I should have said in the first post this was a system for D rings with three abreast. For other harnesses I have always been relatively happy with a two horse neck yoke and an offset tongue. Using a two pole system with three horses and other harnesses would create it own set of difficulties. I am not sure how I deal with that.June 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm #83634
Donn, Just a thought to throw out there. Take the baby yokes off the ends and put one of them up side down in the middle. Would it work??????
carlJune 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm #83635
Carl, I don’t see why you couldn’t make a version of this that would work with a side backer or other harness. It would just take a little fiddling. Donn
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