How to make a cheap, easy
We made simple harnesses for our llamas and taught them to pull toboggans!
Flash enjoys winter fun as much as the kids do.
Here's what our harnesses look like.
We bought 7 metres of 1.5" nylon webbing for each harness, and two large plastic buckles. I added two carabiniers to the ends of the tug lines, but they aren't strictly necessary. Besides that, you'll need a pair of scissors, a stapler, and a lighter or book of matches. Almost any home sewing machine can handle this job, with heavy-woven needles and ordinary thread.
Here's what it looks like on the animal.
No, this isn't a grossly fat llama! It's Perdrix, 11.5 months pregnant, who graciously consented to model.
Assemble your scissors, webbing, stapler, a helper if possible, and the llama.
Do the front cinch strap first. Put it around the llama so it lies just behind the withers. Staple it three times - once on each end of the strap to mark where the buckle goes, and then staple it together so it stays on the llama.
Cut the webbing. Be sure to leave lots to sew the buckle on and adjust the tightness.
Do the back cinch the same way.
Now take the remaining webbing and wrap it around the llama from back to front to back again. Staple it onto the cinch straps.
If I was making this harness again, I'd rotate that front cinch strap so the buckle was closer to the horizontal strap and further away from her elbow, but it'll do. Obviously this isn't a heavy-duty weight-pulling harness, or a harness that she's going to be wearing day in and day out for weeks, or it would have padding, but for training and games, it's perfect.
Once it's all stapled together, take it off the llama. To do this, pull the cinch strap staples apart (don't worry, that's why you stapled them three times, they'll still be marked where you should put the buckles), and gently lift the rest over the llama's head. Now you'll sew it.
Below left is a photo of a secure way to sew these joins. As you can see from the photo below right, I use this "box" stitch pretty much everywhere
The hardest part of making this harness, I think, is figuring out how to thread the webbing through the buckles!
This particular harness was donated as a prize for the Agribition show, but if you didn't win it, make your own and get started having some fun with your llama!