I'm new to this forum, and also fairly new to carriage driving, having only been doing it for about eight months. I seem to have problems getting carts to fit my horse correctly and I figure I must be doing something wrong...
I have a 14.2hh gypsy cob who is quite chunky. I got a simple exercise vehicle with him but it's not right on him as the shafts are too long etc. so I've been looking for another exercise type cart to carry on with.
I picked one up the other day which should for 14-15.2 horses, and was previously used on a 15.1 hackney. I saw a photo of him in it and the cart was level and looked really nice, with the end of the shaft at his shoulder etc. However, when I put my horse in it, it sat totally wrong on him
With the tugs on the lowest hole, the cart still sat tipping backward, with the shafts pointing upward, but I don't understand why as he is smaller than the horse it was used on before when it sat level? I made some holes in the tug straps to lower the tug and it sits better on him, but the tugs are quite low in order for it to be level. Is it ok for the tug to sit quite low?
The shafts are too long but they adjust so I've pulled him back so he's closer to the carriage, and the shaft comes just beyond his shoulder (not a long way, but a little) although they are quite wide apart around him and I wonder if they should sit closer to his sides/shoulders.
I'm mostly confused because I would imagine that on a bigger horse the carriage would tip back as the shafts would be higher, and on a narrower horse the shafts would be a lot wider, but on the 15.1 it sat really nicely and on my 14.2 it tips back
. Does anyone have any suggestions why that might be happening? What am I doing wrong?!
Also, the loops to wrap the britching through on the shafts are on the inside, which is a little odd as on my other they are on the outside which I thought would make more sense so they don't risk poking the horse.
Thanks for any hints! I'm utterly baffled!