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if I read the pictures correct, the single tree is a piece of wood or steel that will hold the traces an a set distance to make sure that the traces won't rub along the sides of the goat. It also forms the connection between traces (goat) and cart. A swinging single tree is necessary when driving with a breast strap harness as a fixed single tree would cause the breast strap to rub and cause sores (fixed single tree only with collar harness).
 

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it's possible that you won't find many pictures with single trees. Often goats are driven without traces, the connection to the cart made only by hooking the shafts to the harness.
 

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The singletree transfers the pull innto a lateral movement since the goat's legs pull the traces on one side and then the other, a fixed trace tends to move the breast collar across the chest causing abrasion. The larger the animal the more this is an issue.
 
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