Tips for ground driving under harness, please
I have been ground driving Cookie using a surcingle and driving lines.
This eve. for the first time I tried ground driving under harness and found it challenging. I ran the traces (sewn in) through the tugs, breeching straps, doubled them back and used One-Wrap Velcro to hold it all in place. The velcro held well, but the beta traces are very stiff and the big loop touched her sides as a rider's leg might. Cookie managed well and it didn't seem to bother her, but I can see where that could give a cue and become confusing.
The breeching was attached to the traces loosely, and it slid a little side to side during turns. It didn't straighten out till I turned in the opposite direction. How can I avoid that?
I ran the lines through the b/c rings, terrets, then through the rings on the hip straps on the rump. That short strap moved side to side, and I can see why it should, but it added another dimension to trying to keep her straight. Should I not use the rings on the rump? I would have more control of her rear if I need to come around to the side when weaving cones, etc.
Can you please give me some pointers on how to make this harness work more easily when ground driving? How to keep the traces attached to something and out of the way? Will the betathane traces ever soften up or is this how stiff It'll always be?
Oh, and she peed on it while in a halt! No more *new* harness! I was glad then that it is hoseable.