Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: enfeild london england
the victorian princable was the designe to keep the children in a safe place as to not come in to contact with the wheels.
good horses and ponys were chosen to pull this type of veichel.
although the entrance was from the rear and problems could occure if the horse or pony propeled whilst the children were boarding.
so a groom on the estate would keep the horse pony quiet and in check.
and thay would eather go into town or to school ect.
thay are quite a sturdy cart.
this paticaular one had a miss hap it was my fault some one got in to dificaltys with a rideing horse and i asked trick to stand.
he decided to help to and hit a big wooden gate post and he hit it in walk and the wheel rode up the post and turned it over.
he draged it for about 10 yards i asked him to shut down and woah and he stood with the harness twisted and a shaft underneath him and on his back.
we got him out and a few of us rited the cart and serveyed the dammage.
the mudguard was smashed and the top steam bent suround was dammaged.
i phones round and found a carrage restorer and had it fixed for £700 odd.
thay used traditinal methods.
i think or thank my lucky stars i got it restored.
on the whole the shafts are ash and very flexable.
judgeing by what tricky did and reading jimmys post and looking at and how the cart suvived and thinking if an axedent with small children occured.
i think judgeing by it thay would be safe on the odds of it overturning and hiting the ground the impact would be cushend by the hub and the wheel and the mudguard.
and the probabilatys of the children roleing clear with none or minor injurys.
and also if the horse or pony comeing to an abrupt halt with the driver still in controle.
looking at it from this way i the safty of this type of cart was good in its day.