I had it in mind that today we would take Duke to "Meaders" and see what we could find for a harness. I have been dying to work with him, but in order to do that, he needs "equipment"...so, even though it was drizzly, wet, showers.....rain!!!! up we went.
I thought that maybe we could go into the barn to do this, but Chuck was just as happy to fit him out in the parking lot. Aside from being a little "jittery", Duke for the most part was quite good. He did get tired of standing about as we fussed, did straps up, took straps off, walked him.. fussed again. But we got everything to fit just perfect.
I really do like Tonka's leather harness, but after doing a bit of research and talking with a number of other horse people I chose a "biothane" for Duke. They are hardy, easy to clean, light weight, and all the rage in the harness world. You have to look carefully to see that it isn't leather, and I was able to get it with brass fittings... which I prefer to the chrome. I will see how the two look when we get the team together, but that is still some time off, so for now, each horse has his own personal look.
By the time we loaded Duke onto the trailer again, we were all pretty wet and ready to head home. Thankfully, this horse loads like a dream, and when we opened the trailer he walked on as happy as could be. I told Ed, he might have been worried this morning when we put him on... wondering why he was leaving his new home.... needless to say, he was pretty happy to get back.
Sadly, Tonka was not the "welcome wagon" ... poor Duke, got a big reminder from him as to who is King of the pasture. So much so, that finally Ed went out and had some "words" with Tonka!!! I know that they will work it out, but when two big boys go at it.... it's a lot of muscle power going on there. They "yucked" it up for a bit, and then we decided to call it day, and brought everyone in for dinner and for the night.
Hopefully, tomorrow's weather will be brighter and I can get this boy out and do some work with him. It would be nice to get him hitched, but I will see how the ground work looks... not that he doesn't know his job... it's more like, do I know mine!!!!