I love the smell of new leather.
So this is Spirit's new rig. We had been using the harness from Bridgeport, but there was too much twist and shifting with it. Now that Spirit was done growing I decided to get him a big boy harness.
There aren't that many people out there that make mobility harness. There is Bold Lead Design and Circle E. It was a tough decision, but I decided to go with the Bold Lead Design harness and here are a few reasons why:
- Construction. Since I needed a harness that could do double duty as a mobility harness (with a stiff handle) and a pulling harness (for walking uphill, stairs, etc) I felt that the BLD fit the description better.
- I have issues with my left shoulder (probably from too many falls off of horses) and having the straight bar handle was aggravating my shoulder. With the ergonomic handle that I selected, the handle feels natural in hand and I know that it is distributing weight evenly.
- Ability to change the handle height. I know that I am mobility challenged, but there are days that I don't want to wear sneakers and I want to slip on a pair of Fluevogs. To do that I need to change the elevation of my harness handle. This allows my arm to stay in the same position and not to have to reach for the handle, or bend my elbow too much. I also like the ease of laying the handle down.
- There are a quite a few places to adjust this harness, but once adjusted to the proper areas there are 2 quick release snaps that make it easy on and off.
Here he is in his new harness (forgive the picture, all I have is my cell phone to take them):
I have him in his spring duds, otherwise all that you would see is a black blob :)
Here is a picture of the ergonomic handle:
We went outside in the backyard for about 15 minutes throwing the ball, running around like an idiot (Spirit not me), crashing through the trees, pit stop to mark a tree, bowing, laying down and jumping. All the straps stayed where they belonged, he moved well and seemed to enjoy the fit.
We will be taking some walks this week to test it out some more. Overall it is well made, the hardware is easy to handle and it is easy to put on the dog.