How to Make a Goat Harness

Updated July 20, 2017

Homemade goat harnesses can be made with leather, recycled seat belts and lawn chair straps, nylon webbing, rope or string. It is imperative to make a harness out of strong materials that will not tear under pressure and disintegrate quickly. Moreover, padding should be added to the harness and placed on the inside next to the goat. Making your own harness allows you to tailor the size specifically for your goat's make and build. Measure your goat around the breast, girth, withers, shoulders and length to create a properly fitted harness.

Measure the withers, girth and breast to ensure the harness will properly fit your goat. Err on the larger side, as the harness materials can be overlapped, unlike smaller measurements which have to be discarded or used for smaller goats.

Cut a long strap of webbing for the girth and withers. Cut twice the length of webbing needed for the strap. For example: cut 48 inches of 2- inch webbing and fold in half for a 24-inch strap.

Cut a piece of fabric that matches the length of the folded webbing. For example: 2" x 24" fabric. Sew the fabric to the webbing to create a strap. The fabric is used as padding to prevent the webbing from rubbing the goat.

Secure the buckle to the end of the strap by sewing it to the overlapped material.

Attach four eyelets to the opposite end of the strap.

Place the strap on the goat with the buckle end between the legs. Mark the strap where the shoulders and withers line up. This will help you properly attach the breast and wagon straps.

Cut a length of 2-inch webbing for the breast strap. Make sure the length is double the size of your goat's measurement. For example: cut 62 inch long webbing and fold in half for a goat who measures 31 inches. Cut 2" x 31" fabric and sew it to the webbing.

Sew the ends of the breast strap to the girth strap by placing them at the shoulder mark.

Cut 1/2-inch x 38-inch nylon rope to make straps to attach to the cart. Fold the rope in half for a 19-inch long rope and attach to the girth strap at the withers mark. Sew the girth strap 10 inches into the rope and seal with flat side rings.

Cut 8 inches of nylon rope and attach to the girth strap in front of the breast strap for holding the reigns connected to the halter. Make measurement adjustments to fit your goat.

Cut 18-inch and 28-inch lengths of nylon rope for going over the goat's rump. Sew 3- inch loops at the end of the 28-inch rope. Attach one end of the 18-inch rope to the middle of the 28-inch rope and the other end to girth strap at the withers mark. Make sure the rope is on the opposite side as the breast strap. Make measurement adjustments if needed.

Cut 74 inches of nylon and sew to the end of the girth strap across from the breast strap. Loop the 74-inch nylon through the openings in the 28-inch rope and attach to the other edge of the breast strap. Measurements may be adjusted for personal preference and goat size.


Webbing material can be substituted with leather, lawn chair webbing, rope, string or old seat belts. Draw a diagram of a harness with your goats measurements to create a visual pattern.


Measurements included in the steps are for example only. Measure your goat prior to making your harness.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing Machine
  • Pack of Needles
  • Thread
  • 2" Buckle
  • 1/2" Buckle
  • 8 Eyelets
  • (3) 1" Black Rings
  • (2) Snaps
  • (2) 1/2" Rings with one flat side
  • Roll of 2" wide webbing
  • 10' Flat nylon rope
  • 1/4 yard fabric
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About the Author

Laura Fernandez has been writing freelance articles and blogs since 2009. She specializes in agriculture and has published work in "Wallaces Farmer" and numerous websites including Fernandez has a bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Iowa State University.