trace: Strang (Teil eines Pferdegeschirrs)
Pl. traces: Stränge
noun (2)Definition of trace (Entry 3 of 3)
1 : either of two straps, chains, or lines of a harness for attaching a draft animal to something (such as a vehicle) to be drawn
Traces are straps connecting a breast collar, or hames on a neck collar, to some device, usually the singletree on a vehicle. They transmit the push of the animal against the collar into a pulling of the vehicle. In leather harnesses, traces may vary from one to several pieces of leather sewn together. In some cases, a layer of synthetic material may be included in the sandwich. Traces in some draft harness are simply chains, covered to protect the animal from chaffing.
Leather traces are usually buckled into the breast collar or the hames (indirectly through hame tugs) where they can be adjusted for length. If the trace is permanently fixed to the collar or hames, adjustment is made at the singletree by selecting one of usually three slots made in the trace ends. This method of adjustment is not as elegant looking as with buckle-in traces.