Water Rescue Harness
 

The Häst Water Rescue Harness is a simple surcingle that is placed on the horse in a manner similar to a driving harness.  The main features that make this product unique include the fact that the webbing is made of nylon making it waterproof along with the closed cell foam pads that allow it to float.  Like the Becker Sling, the harness has D rings mounted on the saddle as well as the girth for attaching tag lines or other attachments to floating devices.  This harness is ideal for those facilities that either swim horses or put horses in water treadmills as a safety measure, or rescue squads that need a means of securing a horse in water or ice.

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The new Häst Water Rescue Harness consists of three basic parts:
1)  The Saddle
2) The Girth
3) The Chest Float



The harness is designed to accommodate a very large range of animals.
There are three "D" rings on the saddle, and three more on the girth.
These may be used at the rescuer's discretion to attach either more
floatation or tag lines.  Of course, the use of ropes should be used with
care as to avoid having them tangle with either the front or rear legs.






On the near side in this photograph, one can see the "quick release"
catches with the small orange pull tabs.  The tabs are made of
polypropylene.  These are present in the event that the harness
needs to be quickly released from the animal.  A pull on both of the
tabs will, in a second and even under load, will allow the harness
to separate.  Both orange tabs should be located on the same side,
and we recommend that they be on the same side as the Häst label
on the saddle for consistency.






This photograph of the off side shows the standard buckle hardware
that we use in this location.  We chose these snaps for two reasons: 
First, the quick release catches on the other side are very expensive,
and second, by keeping the harness connected together, we avoid loosing
the girth into the abyss in the event the quick release catches are
pulled.  There is closed cell floatation foam in the saddle, but it provides
only about 7 pounds of buoyancy to keep the harness from sinking.

The hardware on both the near side and the off side are rated at 2,500
pounds breaking, while the D rings are rated at 6,000 pounds and
the golden webbing has a rating of 6,000 pounds as well.






Finally, a quick look inside the chest float. 
Each block of closed cell foam provides about 6 pounds of floatation,
for a total of about 30 pounds.  This should be a sufficient amount to
help the animal keep its head above water, while not being too much
that could cause an instable imbalance.  They are segmented in a way
as to hug the animal.  Of course, they are enclosed in a vinyl sleeve
so that they do not catch on other objects and are smooth on the skin.

Pricing
Item Part Number Price
Complete Water Rescue Harness Package WR $562
Saddle only with closed cell pad WRSD $138
Girth only with quick release catch WRGT $216
Chest float only with quick release catch WRCF $228
Safety Strap (strongly recommended for V1.0) WRST $42

Placing Your Order

Currently, the best method to place an order is to download the PDF Order Form and fax it to 804-592-6912.
(We are in the process of building a secure website for taking online orders in the near future)
We accept Master Card, Visa, Discover, and American Express.  If you need alternate arrangements, or have any questions at all,
the best way is to fax your inquiry or send an e-mail to
Häst. 

Shipping

Prices shown do not include shipping from Virginia to your facility.  These charges will be added to your credit card after the items have been shipped.   Typical charges will be $10-20 plus the actual fees from United Parcel Service. 
 Depending upon the number of units we have in stock, expected shipping can vary from a couple of days up to two weeks.

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For questions or comments, please e-mail us at Häst, PSC