measuring for shafts

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    05-23-2013, 12:16 PM
measuring for shafts

With some help from the lady I rent from, we measured Danee tonight. I put a dowel rod against his chest & one against his rump & the measurement came to 43 inches. Then we did side to side at the widest point & came up with 15 inches. So if I understand correctly, 48 inch shafts should work for him, correct?
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    05-25-2013, 01:03 PM
Green Broke
I just saw this post, I need to look this up as I really have no idea about the little guys. But it is great that you are measuring before willy nilly buying. There was a discussion or an article about this and I need to look it up.
    05-25-2013, 01:21 PM
Green Broke
You have probably seen this before, but I will post again. Still looking for other info.

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    05-25-2013, 01:44 PM
I've also been told to measure from the point of the shoulder to the rump & add 8 inches. But I don't quite understand where the "point" of the shoulder is.
    05-25-2013, 01:58 PM
Green Broke
Here is the point of the shoulder marked. The shoulder point is also what you want to put your breast collar above.

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    05-25-2013, 02:13 PM
Ok, so I put the dowel rod across the front of his chest where the breast collar would go. So it would be pretty darn close. If he measured 43 inches, then I should look for 51 inch shafts, I think...
    05-25-2013, 02:13 PM
Green Broke
It depends on your shafts. Some shafts end all the way to the point of the shoulder, while others end just in front of the tug loops. I have heard also the horses blanket size. I think, if your shafts are supposed to go all the way forward to the shoulder point 8" extra is to short. If you move the shafts back behind the shoulder, 8" might be enough, but better to long than too short.



    05-25-2013, 02:17 PM
Green Broke
You want to make sure there is plenty of room behind the horse so it doesn't hit his legs or heels on the cart anywhere, Kicking fit will follow!
    05-25-2013, 02:21 PM
This is the cart that I am wanting to buy. It says the shafts are adjustable from 48-55 inches. Kingston Saddlery Supply CART
    05-26-2013, 08:02 PM
Green Broke
Unless you have an air hose available at your barn, I would get a solid wheel instead of a pneumatic bicycle type. They are always flat, and they bend quite easily. I also prefer a place to brace my foot, and I cannot tell if that cart has that. Just my preference, but I drive green horses, and am klutzy and old, so my feet slide out of the cart, LOL!!

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