The collection at IMH includes nearly 750 harness brasses. Harness brasses are decorative items often used with draft harness leather drops. Show harness could include brasses that cover the loin area but include other places as the harness gets more elaborate. This kind of decoration may have been handed down from more functional uses such as protecting the horse's body during battle but also . Brasses are sometimes given as awards in draft horse competitions and they can be collectable with limited editions available.