The shafts are too long, we need to shorten them about a feet..
It can't fall out when tied properly, I promise :) It's also bent outwards, you can't really see it in the picture.
You see it here tho:
Bent out, and the loop makes it safe..
If you look close you can see that the breeching is pulled through the loop here, and see that the harness girth-thing is too.. (I put the breeching about 3 inches further up today, I'll have to make more holes and longer straps (by cutting the slice there) but then I'll put it further up. He's doing a good jb in the downhills anyway, but I'll fix it asap)
I would like another loop on the shafts further back for the breeches, but untill I find someone who can put one there safely, this will have to do.
But this way of setting everything has been used by many for a long time, I've posted pics on swedish forums and nobody think it's strange. The sulky is professionally made, I've done some work to refresh it, but all details and construction is as it should. I do think it's a training sulky for harnessed racing (ponys or amall standardbreds) but they're usually used for this type of driving too.
I happen to know that a trainer borrowed it one time, and before that it was used for some pony a little smaller than Solon and with one of those cheep harnesses where the chest strap thing is directly connected to the saddle, no breeching or lines.. I had to add the swingle tree myself, but it had a loop for that at least :) Just random info..
But that way of hitching the cart is safe as any, it's made to sit safe that far up and be secured loosely through the loop at the tip.