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  • Are four wheeled carts better than 2 for horses
  • Are 4-wheelers safer than horses

 
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    09-22-2010, 02:49 PM
  #11
Weanling
If you and the horse are both new to driving,you might be wise to consider something with some type of braking system,
     
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    12-03-2010, 12:11 AM
  #12
Foal
What breed is your horse?
     
    12-03-2010, 12:53 AM
  #13
Yearling
I would suggst a two wheel cart with rear entry. It is easier to turn and back (and you have to be able to back up!) than a 4 wheel cart, I think, for beginning drivers. I've had 2 meadowbrook style two wheel carts, one bigger than the other. The small one seats 2 adults and one grandchild, with room for a dog in front of our feet and place to strap down stuff on the back floor of the cart behind the seat. The bigger one would hold those 3 more comfortably, and behind and below the seat it had actually a little box or bed with sides and a removable tailgate so you could cart around things without them falling off. It would have been perfect for your first cart!

I agree that pneumatic tires would give a smoother ride, but car tires/axles are heavier than the classic cart styles, too. It's nice to be able to pick the cart up and move it yourself, in case you get in a near-wreck and have to straighten things out by yourself while keeping a hitched horse calm, so be sure to check that out.

I'd love to have one of the competition carriages but if I don't have better luck backing a 4 wheel carriage than I do with backing my horse trailer, I'd always have to have someone riding with me! Ha ha.

Have fun!
     
    12-05-2010, 07:46 PM
  #14
Yearling
I agree with getting a 2 wheel cart rather than 4 wheel for starter horses/drivers. Personally I prefer the easy entry carts. (2 wheeled cart with entry on the sides.) they don't call 'em "easy entry" for nothing.

My friend had a rear entry cart and it was "OK" because her horses would stand still while hitched through the middle of a fireworks display.. but I wouldn't trust a beginner horse to stand still long enough for me to climb and fumble Over the back of the seat to situate myself. (If you don't have a 'groom' to help you!)
     
    12-06-2010, 01:14 AM
  #15
Yearling
Reiterin, you're right about the rear-entry that you have to go over the seat - not handy. However, I've got another type that has the lift up half-seat which is very easy to get into even when the cart is moving. YOu step up on the back (yes, it makes the cart a little off balanced while moving) and lift the seat and slip into place on the bench. It's easy and fast to get out of, too, since you're going away from the horse's heels and behind the wheels.

Definitely appreciate your clarifying that a green horse and driver should not start with a climb-over rear entry style cart!
     
    12-06-2010, 06:31 PM
  #16
Yearling
Ooh.. that sounds nice Ladytrails. I don't think I've seen a cart like that. It certainly does help to stay outta the way of the wheels.
     
    02-09-2011, 05:35 PM
  #17
Foal
I agree, if you and your horse are new to driving, get a 2 wheel cart first. If horse gets scared/spooked, they back-up easier, and are easier to handle. Need to be sure you have a forward driving horse before you get a 4 wheeler, and you should know your horse and how he reacts to things you will encounter on roads and trails. Just believe you should have alittle experience under your belt before moving up to a 4 wheeler, as your horse should also. Also like brakes on a cart, be it 2 or 4 wheeler, really come in handy on inclines.
I started out with a 2 wheeler and once I was comfortable with my experience, and that of my horse, we moved up to a buggy/marathon cross w/5th wheel as I also heard, and have found out for myself that they are safer than most regular 4 wheelers when you drive on alot of different terrain. Also love the turning capabilities of the 5th wheel, mine has a complete cut under (no bar).
My 4 wheeler weighs more than my 2 wheeler, but is easier for me to move as it's balanced on the 4 wheels. Horse likes driving the 4 wheeler better too, no weight on his back.
My horse is 13.3h, weighs about 765 lbs and has NO problems with pulling the 350 lb. 4 wheeler.
     

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