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to pass the link through the eyes on the ends of the hames.
The road harness has a short link with a chain attached to it. This link is passed through the eye which is on the end of the inner part of the hames, and the chain is hooked over the hook which is on their outer part. This arrangement enables one to fit the hames to collars differing widely in size with greater expedition.
In the park wheel harness generally, and in the road wheel harness always, the point of the martingale should be of sufficient length to allow of its going completely around the collar, thereby guarding against the slipping of the hames. The ring draught is better suited to road work, and is less liable to cause sore shoulders. Oftentimes in a road harness the trace itself is stitched into the ring instead of being fastened by a clip, but this method is more clumsy.
Quite a noticeable difference between the two harnesses lies in the tug straps. In the park harness the trace buckle has a small extra eye top and bottom, into which the "Newmarket " tug and guide straps are stitched (they are sometimes stitched into the buckle itself). The eye in the upper part of the trace buckle carries a short strap with a buckle end, into which the point of a strap stitched to the pad is fastened. This makes a somewhat