Due to the high draw and latching weight of a crossbow it is essential to use a bracing string to assist the fitting and unstringing of the shooting string.
The crossbow is laid on the ground with the shooting string around the limbs and the bracing string looped over the nocks at each end of the prod on the butt side of the bow.
The bow is then held with the track vertical leaning on the tummy and both or one foot firmly upon the stirrup or tee bar.
The bracing string is draw upwards with both hands at either side of the track into the latched position.
With the bracing string positively engaged in the latched position the shooting string is fed through its loops and over their respective prod nocks.