I've been driving horses for about 3 years now, and I can drive a 2-horse team of percherons between two cones 6 feet apart. I can harness, untangle and adjust just about anything on those said percherons' collar-style harnesses, so when I bought my first driving, breatplate-style harness I figured it would be easy enough as I had seen enough pictures of driving harnesses before.
And while my lovely TB stood oh so patiently with me, letting me arrange and then rearrange everything on his back so that it looked like the pictures I'd seen I came across a part of the harness that baffles me.
The surcingle goes around his belly, and the crupper is attached to the surcingle. The breeching strap goes nicely around his butt, with a forked piece of nylon that goes up and over his hindquarters to attach to the breeching strap on the other side. I assume it's made this way to hold the breeching strap up, but what I don't understand is that it just sits there, and when I go to drive my horse (I haven't yet tried hitching him to anything) the whole piece slips and starts dangling, caught on the crupper. On all the other harnesses I've worked with the nylon strap holding the breeching strap up is attached to the strap going to the crupper, but this one seems to have no way of attaching to that strap... does anyone else have a harness like this? Will this piece "fix itself" when the horse is in the shafts? Or did I get a ill-made harness?
I've got an image of the place I'm talking about not being connected here, unfortunately though I have no pictures of the actual harness yet.