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Hitches






The "hitch" in driving is the number and pattern of horses in a team. There are many different hitch types, the following are the more common ones.


Single: This one is pretty obvious... a single horse hitched to the vehicle. This is the easiest hitch to drive.






Pair: Sometimes refered to generally simply with the term "team". A pair are two horses abreast, or side by side. A pair should be matched similarly in size and conformation, since they must have a similar enough step to keep up with one another.






Tandem: A tandem hitch is two horses in a line, not side by side as in a pair. The tandem hitch is more difficult to drive than a pair. There is less need for a "match" in size for a tandem hitch than a pair hitch, since the horses needn't move as together as a pair does. Despite some common notion that the lead horse is the more important horse in a tandem team, it is actually the wheel horse who is more important in stability and control of the vehicle.






Unicorn: The unicorn hitch is a three horse hitch, with a pair behind a single horse. This is a very difficult hitch to drive.






Four In Hand: A Four In Hand, sometimes called a "Four Up" hitch, is two pairs, one in front of the other. The wheel pair may be smaller than the lead pair, or the entire team may be matched as the same size.






Abreast: Any number of horses hitched side by side. Two abreast horses make a pair hitch. Not incredibly common are also three abreast and four abreast hitches.








Random: Three or more horses hitched in a line, like tandem horses. Most commonly a random hitch is three horses. Random hitches are very hard to drive.







Six In Hand, Eight In Hand: The horses are hitched in pairs in a line. A six in hand would be a four in hand with an additional pair in front. An eight in hand would a four in hand with another four in hand in front.














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