FAQ: Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions


When we are performing at trade fairs or horse shows, people often ask the same questions:

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How do you adjust the harness?
And that withstands the strain?
Isn't there an even simpler way for adjusting?
How much strain can it stand?
Doesn't it pinch?
Doesn't it rub?
Is Sieltec Harness allowed at horse shows?
Is it appropriate for the schooling of young horses?
For which horses is Sieltec Harness available?
What if I took wrong measures, if my horse puts on or loses weight, maybe grows a little, or if I buy another similarly built horse?
And if something is broken?
Could you drive Sieltes Harness with leather reins?
Is it possible to drive two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles with the Soft-Saddle?
What about clearance of the spine?
Can you use the harness for single- and double harness driving?
For how long has this harness been existing?
Does the harness have a predetermined breaking point?
Can you cut the braiding in case of emergency?
Could there be burns?
A few comments on "made to measure":


How do you adjust the harness?


You may read our instruction or watch the clips. It works in a fascinatingly simple way and generally leads to another disbelieving question:

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And that withstands the strain?


Yes, this is extremely stable! Because of the socklike effect, due to the contraction of the braiding, we get an absolutely durable connection. This is even reinforced by our safety tubes.

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Isn't there an even simpler way for adjusting?


Sure. In cooperation with our clients, we have certainly done a lot of further development. We`ve included traditional and reliable elements such as buckles into our modern technology. This is, in short terms, our PLUS version..

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How much strain can it stand?


The braiding is extremely strong and durable. It comes from sailing and is, apart from other examples, also used in forestry. I will spare you numbers of breaking load and tear strength, as they don`t give you a concrete idea. Let`s stick to practice: You won`t tear Sieltec Harness by horse power. We ourselves and a lot of our customers have put the harness through stress tests of all kind, be it schooling of young horses or field work, horse logging in the woods, private or commercial wagon trips. Consent judgement: It withstands all strains!
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Doesn’t it pinch?


No, it doesn’t pinch! Due to the closed cell „Evazote“ underlayment, we get an ideal distribution of pressure of the Air Ropes positioned upon it. So for the horses, this harness is clinging to the breast much more pleasantly than any other breast collar. It’s not only softer, but most importantly more flexible and adjusts itself a lot better to the body shape than a “sturdy strong leather belt”.

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Doesn’t it rub?


No, it doesn’t rub!
Sieltec Harness is this light (the world’s lightest harness, for sure) that the horse hardly might rub itself. Our „jogging suit“ follows almost every move and at the same time covers as few skin surface as possible.

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Is Sieltec Harness allowed at horse shows?


Yes, you can see it in all classes, from single horse to four-in-hand in Marathon, even at the German Four-in-Hand Championships. In dressage classes, however, it might lead to a certain deduction of the presentation score.
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Is it appropriate for the schooling of young horses?


Absolutely! The young horse accepts it without objection because of the light weight. In case of a temperamental outburst, it withstands the stress no matter what.

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For which horses is Sieltec Harness available?


Sieltec Harness is available for any horse. Our standard sizes are including almost all horses. Furthermore, we are also offering made-to-measure harness, so that any special feature may be considered. Mini or Shire, donkeys, cattle, goats and dogs ... we’ve already outfitted them all.

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What if I took wrong measures, if my horse puts on or loses weight, maybe grows a little, or if I buy another similarly built horse?


No problem. Sieltec harness is, to a certain extent, adjustable in all directions. The range of tolerance is wider than the tolerance of a leather harness.

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And if something is broken?


Then call us! Usually, nothing gets broken. But if it did, you could fix it yourself or send it to our workshop. You won’t need a saddler any more.

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Could you drive Sieltes Harness with leather reins?


Sieltec Harness may of course be driven with leather reins.

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Is it possible to drive two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles with the Soft-Saddle?


Yes, our Soft-Saddle is suitable for two-wheeled as well as four-wheeled vehicles. It is made of soft and elastic material, without a stiff metal bow inside. Therefore, it can adjust itself to almost every back in an optimal way. It also compensates the unevenness of dirt road tracks by its own flexibility. Should it be necessary, the saddle in whole follows the movement.

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What about clearance of the spine?


The soft, supple material does not press on the spine but distributes the possible weight on surrounding regions, and this happens in an extensive way. We often tend to adapt our riding krowledge to harness theory. A riding saddle, however, is of much higher specific weight, and the rider is sitting in it, so here we rather need clearance. But there are also tree-less riding saddles or pads which are resting in full under the saddle. As a proof for my statement, let me tell you that we have a real lot of Sieltec Harness used by endurance drivers, in fact for endurance races up to 160 km!

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Can you use the harness for single- and double harness driving?


Yes, you may use it based on the single- as well as the double harness.
The corresponding option has to be adapted though.
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For how long has this harness been existing?


After a long test phase, Sieltec Harness has been on the market since 2002. Now, we are the leading manufacturer of plastic harness in Germany. We are supplying all over Europe and sometimes beyond. Thanks to a close contact with a lot of our happy customers, we were able to consider their needs as well as profit from their longtime experience in almost all fields of hitching, driving and working. From heavy-duty team to light pony sulky – our harness has proved itself in practice at best.
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Does the harness have a predetermined breaking point?


No! No way we will integrate something like that. Whoever might want it shall do it himself. Our harness is supposed to hold for sure, not to rip!
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Can you cut the braiding in case of emergency?


Again and again, some ignorant smartass claims that "In an accident you can’t cut the braiding“. This is bullshit! For one thing, we ourselves constantly have to cut our hollow braidings every day in the production process. And for another thing, a hitching should nowadays always be outfitted with quick-release shackles to ease a tense situation as quickly as possible.
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Could there be burns?


This is, of course, just nonsense, sorry. Time and again, this "worry" is wandering on the net like a ghost, but it lacks any basis. So that I don’t want to go into this here.
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A few comments on "made to measure":


From time to time (not very often) we receive disappointed or miffed feedback concerning our made-to-measure shipments. Sometimes the harness doesn’t immediately fit like a glove. We are really sorry then. But it doesn’t happen on purpose. We always try to adjust almost every measure in reference to what you sized. Some figures can’t possibly be right though, so we correct them based on our experience. This makes already two considerable source of error, which might potentiate themselves. Concerning some parts, e.g. the breeching, we don’t ask for measures, because we are afraid of expecting too much measuring from our customers. Especially so as our breechings are fitting differently from the usual ones. Therefore, you have to adjust these parts by yourself. Sorry. All of this isn’t working as usual, of course. But here’s the good news: It’s possible! Continuously! And by doing it, you make yourself immediately familiar with it. You don’t have to go to the saddler or fiddle with a leather punch. If it doesn’t work out, we’ll fix it. We won’t let you down. Please consider also the relation of price and achievement.
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