Ongoing SmP projects

The first issue „The harness for draught horses“ of our guidebook series about the use of draught horses in small-scale agriculture and market gardening was released in January 2019 in English language and can be ordered by our order form.

The 1st issue “The harness for draught horses” contains the following chapters:

  • What is a good harness ?
  • Typology of harness
  • Harness components
  • Harnessing 
  • Adjusting the harness
  • Improved harness parts
  • Bits
  • Bitless bridle
  • Harness maintenance
  • Acquisition

As there exist uncountable types and variations of work harness around the world, the two authors from Italy and Luxembourg focus on three different harness types, which are:

  • « Tiroler Spitzkummet-Arbeitsgeschirr » representing the Central European harness

  • « Värmlandssele » representing the North European harness

  • « Belly-backer harness » representing the North American harness

Beside all the specific details as well as the corresponding advantages and disadvantages of the three different harness types, also the correct adjustments are discussed and visualized by multicoloured hand drawings and photographs. Most of the discussed fundamentals can easily be assigned to other harness.

As the core theme of this guidebook series is the humane treatment of the animal, special attention is paid to the correct selection, adjustment and maintenance of the harness.

Price of the guidebooks: € 20.00 per copy plus shipping costs (see order form)

Future SmP projects

It’s planned to publish subsequent issues of this new guidebook series, using multicoloured hand drawings and photographs to illustrate among others the following subjects:


  • Different types of hitches
  • Fundamentals of the cooperation between humans and draught horses
  • Basics of modern implements and their use

Further information about ordering of our guidebooks can be found in the order form.