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Newfoundland Club of America Draft Equipment Guide - Approved 2001


Understanding the Equipment


Harnesses 

Siwash Harnesses 

The WDC recommends the use of a siwash harness. There are many variations on the siwash, but they all work essentially the same. With a siwash harness, the dog pushes with its neck and chest into the collar and chest-piece of the harness, and its legs remain unrestricted. It is well suited for all types of terrain. Because of the way it fits the dog, a siwash is more comfortable and more efficient in use than other harness types. 

Cross-chest or Parade Harness 

A harness with a cross-chest strap can be suitable for flat level terrain with only a light load. The cross-chest strap can restrict shoulder and forelimb movement. Because of its recommended limited use (that being more for exhibition than for hauling a load), it is often referred to as a 'parade harness'. This harness would be an acceptable choice on a level suburban draft test course or on a parade route. 

 

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