RCP2014#75 – Update Hitch/Unhitch sequence for singles

2014 RCP #
75
Summary
Update Hitch/Unhitch sequence for singles
Date Received
01Jun13
Proponent
Pleasure Driving Committee
Change Date
Next Rulebook
Status
Closed for comments – 01Sep13
Activity
Initial Posting: 01Jun13
PDC – Recommended:31July13

Current Wording – Article 88/89 Sequence to Unhitch /Hitch – Single

  1. To UnhitchDetach breeching, disconnect off trace, near trace, remove the horse from between the shafts, and then reins through terrets.
  2. To HitchRun reins through terrets, then place the horse between the shafts, attach near trace, then off trace, and then breeching.

Suggested Wording – Article 88/89 Sequence to Unhitch /Hitch – Single

  1. To Unhitch
    Detach breeching, disconnect off trace, near trace, unfasten the the overgirth or wrap straps, remove the horse from between the shafts, reins to remain through terrets.
  2. To HitchPlace the horse between the shafts, attach near trace, then off trace, fasten the overgirth or wrap straps and then breeching.

Article 89

  1. Improper hitching/unhitching – 20 penalties

Reason for change

Completeness

5 Response(s)

  1. erobb123 says :

    August 4, 2013

    How did I miss that we have a rule for hitching and unhitching? Why do we have a RULE for something that is personal practice and will vary based on the harness, the vehicle and the horse. I don’t think we should have a rule for this at all. But I guess the proposal to eliminate it will have to wait until next year.

    I oppose the rule change as shown because I think it is dangerous. When unhitching, I always undo my traces LAST. There is no way I would undo them before the wrap strap.

  2. shadowbrook says :

    August 4, 2013

    I agree it is a personal preference. I also undo my traces last. I oppose this rule change as shown.

  3. rules says :

    August 4, 2013

    I agree. the sequence for unhitching is incorrect. Traces should be last. This will likely be changed when the comment period is over. Be advised: This rule only applies to Putting to classes. It is not a rule for hooking and unhooking at any other point or place at a Pleasure show.

    Jeff Morse/ Pleasure Driving Committee Chair.

  4. wgallen says :

    August 28, 2013

    I disagree with the proposed change. I see no need for ADS to be so
    prescriptive in the hitching/unhitching sequence. Who will enforce this?
    This kind of thing has no place in the rules — it’s more of a basic
    training issue. Let’s please not go down this path.

  5. rules says :

    August 30, 2013

    On behalf of Audrey Bostwick:

    Yes – Why is unhitch before hitch? You have to put a horse to before you can take it out.

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