Horse Logging Tip 12/19/99

How does a market tug differ from a regular tug?

Technically speaking the tug is the part that goes from the belly band
billet up to a ring where the rear side strap from the spider ring on
the top of the hips comes to and then where the front side strap to the
hame comes back to. The word "tug" is improperly used at times for what
is properly called the trace. What a market tug does is eliminate the
back band. It goes just a short ways up to the side straps. You can if
you want to put the back band on and just bring the strap from it down
to the ring of the market tug. Without graphics I can't draw it for you.
What does it look like?

The side straps from the hame and the spider ring come back on the side
to a ring in the market tug so it looks a little like a "Y".
>From the hame to the butt hook, is it longer or shorter than a regular

Well, it's better to refer to it as a trace. From the hame to the "D"
that the butt hook goes into is about 6 feet 2 inches. The ideal length
would be long enough so that the "D" comes to the point of the hock when
they are standing still. A farm trace is longer, but I don't happen to
know just how much off hand. Probably they are about seven and a half
feet long to where the heel chain fastens to the end.
So, yes, they are shorter.
On the butt hook itself, does the hook swivel, or is it fixed solid with
hook up?

The butt hook has an eye in it that slides over the "D" so that it can
move up and down and swing sideways but it doesn't have a swivel in it.
You can put the hook either up or down. I prefer to have mine up, but it
works well either way.
You mentioned "cooler without the backband". Does that mean that on a
logging harness, there is no bellyband, billets, or backband at all?

What we're talking about is a market tug--butt hook harness used for
logging. There is more than one type of harness that can be used for
logging and so, I guess, could be called a logging harness. But, no, it
has a belly band and billets that attach to the traces; but you can
eliminate the back band. By doing that the harness is all open on the
top and is cooler as well as lighter weight to throw on and off each
day. Horses tend to sweat under the back band. If you're just ground
skidding and not doing much tongue work, you don't need the back band to
carry the tongue weight. I do a little manure spreading and pull a
utility trailer to get firewood at times; but for no more than I do, I
get by without a back band. If a person were doing a lot of tongue work,
I would recommend a "D" ring harness with the sidebackers. It puts most
of the tongue weight on the back band and not on the top of the neck. A
"D" ring harness with a back band is especially good with mules and some
horses that have narrow necks at the top where the tongue weight becomes
more concentrated than on fatter, wider at the top necked horses.
Please be patient with my ignorance, I've never seen a harness like
this. All the rest was familiar and helpful. Looking forward to your
answer. Chuck

Everybody starts out knowing nothing. If you don't ask questions, you
might learn some by trial and error; but it's the slow hard way and
you'll never figure out what centuries of people fooling around ahead of
you figured out. So as best as you can, you want to ask questions and
try to tie into what everybody who's gone before you knew. Glenn


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