Yesterday was the first day Missy ever drove on lines (reins).
Once they become skilled on lines, you can wrap the lines around your shoulder and neck, and steer them by twisting your torso. This frees up your hands to operate an implement. This is me long long ago. You can see the lines.
It behooves you to have taught the animals you're their friend before you wrap the lines around your neck. If things go wrong they can go very wrong.
PS. I would never plow a field knowing what I know today.

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