The unfortunate part comes when you use an illustration, and then proceed to post using different terms a new Driving person can't find on the illustration. They have to guess what you are talking about. Easy to guess wrong. Belly part of the name, gives them a clue, but with a couple parts to choose from, they are left hanging as you continue with your photos. They would probably be totally lost if you were talking tugs, since there are at least two kinds on a neck collar harness.
Oh wait, you can just give tugs a NEW name, so they NEVER will understand the post!
Yes, things come with various names for the same item on harness. Horticulture is a good example, because those common names are the devil for trying to ID a specific plant, tree or shrub. Latin is your common denominator to find the particular one you want, because latin stays the same regardless of who is selling the plant.
So back to CORRECT names for harness. Maybe you could add some of the "local" names to what the illustration you use, names for the specific part. Then reader can have a clue about what you are speaking of in harness parts. Just because a name is in a book, doesn't make it a correct term for everyone. You were not using illustrations from THAT book, with THAT term for the harness part so reader could put things together.
I have always found it best if Driving folks learn the correct names for parts on harness, vehicles from the beginning, so they can correctly discuss Driving things with other Driving folks. Going with a lot of local names, makes you sound ignorant in a discussion, often having to explain the term you use to the other person, so you BOTH understand what is being talked about. I would never use the term "shaves" in talking to Carriage Driving folks, they wouldn't know it means shafts to a buggy. My Grandfather used that term, but I don't hear it from any other Driving folks except VERY old Midwest Farmers. I had to relearn a LOT of harness names as we got deeper into Carriage Driving, because people didn't use those local names in other places, couldn't even GUESS what I was talking about! Who wants to sound ignorant? I changed the terms I used to the most common, correct Driving names, for easier discussions.
If you learn and use the more correct terms of harness, vehicles, they are going to stick better for discussions about Driving. Hard to relearn the common name from a unique local term in your head. Girth is more common than bellyband, since girths are found on all saddles, riding or driven, as an example. So using saddle girth, harness girth, overgirth, the horsey reader should more easily understand that any of them goes on the belly of the horse.
Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton
Wow nice post.
I particularly like the part where "I am trying to help",
OH and "making up names".
Unfortunatly we all come from different areas of the country or world.
There are several references to "belly bands" in some great books, Driving A Harness Horse, by Sallie Walrond. Page 17 illistration and all. That is just the first one I picked up. Great book BTW.
Just because you have never heard of a belly band does not mean it is not called that in other parts of the world.
Try googling harness belly band.