Thanks for the welcome. What a lovely, lovely mare. And I love your turnout!
I think this is a photo of me and my mare Robyn at a competition. We got second place, because I missed a move in the dressage phase... DUH on my part, wasn't Robyn's fault.
We're just coming in to an obstacle. This horse is brave as a lion. She does not back off anything! I do wish I had a nicer cart, but this one works for the lower levels. Maybe someday...
She looks like a goer... VBG. It would be awesome to have a nice oak or hickory road cart... I have seen some really cute ones. That cart of yours is a very nice one....
I couldn't afford a "Bird in Hand" which is what I wanted. The vehicle itself isn't too bad price wise but for drafts double it then double the price for shipping...
That cart In the picture is a Hickory Road cart. With 52 inch diameter wheels. its almost too tall for my horse. Shes only 17.1 hands. I bought it as a kit. Shipping is partially weight, but with Carriages its mostly the amount of space they take up in the Truck. It came as two pallets of sticks and one long wrapped up package for shafts. The wheels were amish built. It took approximately 40 hours to sand every thing then Tongue oil it then assemble it.
The steel came bare and the suggestion was to Clean it with a degreaser sand it smooth then paint it with primer and finally paint it with two coats of color. Not doing that... My painting skills are aweful. I took all the steel parts to a dune buggy paint shop, Passivation (cleaning of steel) and sandblasting is part of their pre-paint process. Then they hung the parts inside a dune buggy when they powder coated it. Best two hundred dollars I spent. I even took all the screws and poked them into cardboard and painted them myself.
One thing I changed was the single tree. At the time I was following a group devoted to Trail driving. And Combined driving. Some of the Auzzies were doing something called a SWINGLE tree. Basically the single tree is attached to the axle by either leather or webbing and is allowed to float in air. I added bungees to it to keep it from drooping. What that did was put the Traces in direct draft to the collar. Normally this kind of cart is so light you can just use a breast collar setup. I prefer a collar and hames. Because my other vehicle is a fore-cart and very heavy.
What this does is keep the collar from working up out of the natural position on the shoulders. If you are going to drive long hours this is not good. Some of these people were doing 100 mile drives or treks with a vehicle called a Jinker. Essentially a two or four wheeled vehicle with very long shafts and space for camping gear.
Notice the draft on the vehicle above. it goes straight to either the axel or underneath the body of the cart.
Jinker is also a term for a vehicle for transporting logs.
My show harness was an ebay purchase because the vehicle is wood I could go with russet. I liked the fact that the russet looked so good on her. I think I used that harness about ten times total. Didn't trust it after that. Very thin leather reinforced by webbing that was about as thick as a sheet of paper.
I did get a nice leather harness once I got a decent job. But the fellow I ordered it from misunderstood when I said stainless steel haimes. They had some nice buggy hames.... He sent me full on Draft horse show hames.. They got to weigh thirty five pounds all on their own... Its ok though. they ARE pretty.
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson