Hi there! I have been reading for a while and figured it was time to jump in. I'm Wendy, I have 4 horses, all drafts or draft crosses. I am getting back into driving for pleasure. I taught my aged Arab to drive years ago, but got rid of my driving equipment after he died, knowing I'd want bigger horses in the future. I sure got them!
My horses range in size from 16.2 to 18 hands. The newest is a 17 year old, 17 hand Belgian, who came to us already trained to drive. My boyfriend picked up a wooden-wheeled easy entry cart to train in, and we hope to get a more substantial vehicle in another year or so. This was definitely a price-driven choice of vehicle and harness, but I'd love some feedback on our turnout.
My opinion is my harness fits "okay" but not great. I can probably make the adjustments needed by adding some holes. My breastcollar hangs really low, hence for just last night I moved the neck strap back to rest near the saddle. My traces are also overly long, even when buckled at their shortest hole, so I may add slots so they attach to my singletree in a more traditional way. Apparently the last owner just used them in the way they are shown in the photo (square holes slid over the single tree, held in place with carabiners), but I don't like it. And lastly, I need to move my loin strap back along the back strap. It's only held in place by the excess of the back strap tucked in to keepers, so I may see about having it modified.
My shafts seem hugely long, so I may shorten them, or even just get replacement shafts. I think the shafts need to be too high to level the cart, so I was wondering if the easiest adjustment would to be to buy a pair of slightly shorter shaft braces. Does that seem doable? It almost feels too easy of a solution.
Any other issues that jump out at you? Oh - besides the fact that we really should have had our helmets on. We had forgotten them all in the trailer, which was parked off site. And the silly half pad, my new harness pad set is ordered, but not arrived and I was impatient to try everything out!