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
the top of the hips comes to and then where the front side strap
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
back band. It goes just a short ways up to the side straps. You
you want to put the back band on and just bring the strap from
to the ring of the market tug. Without graphics I can't draw it
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
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
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
know just how much off hand. Probably they are about seven and
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
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
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
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
logging and so, I guess, could be called a logging harness. But,
has a belly band and billets that attach to the traces; but you
eliminate the back band. By doing that the harness is all open
top and is cooler as well as lighter weight to throw on and off
day. Horses tend to sweat under the back band. If you're just
skidding and not doing much tongue work, you don't need the back
carry the tongue weight. I do a little manure spreading and pull
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
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
"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
more concentrated than on fatter, wider at the top necked horses.
Please be patient with my ignorance, I've never seen a harness
this. All the rest was familiar and helpful. Looking forward
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
you'll never figure out what centuries of people fooling around
you figured out. So as best as you can, you want to ask questions
try to tie into what everybody who's gone before you knew. Glenn