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        03-14-2013, 02:19 PM
    Green Broke
    To fix your shafts, as MV has said you need to get an extender for the leather strap that holds the shaft loops. OP you are correct, they are also called tugs. You will need to take your saddle and your loops to a leather man or an Amish harness maker.
    It should not be too expensive, you need a buckle on a strap with a keeper or two. Do not make it too short. Measure from the top hole of your saddle strap, to where you think it need to be, then make sure there is enough leather to go through the keepers on the shaft loops. You can always make it shorter.

    The bottom strap in this photo I had made to extend the backstrap on my harness. It was $9 at the Amish.

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        03-14-2013, 02:29 PM
    Green Broke
    I thought you were taking a shower
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        03-14-2013, 02:32 PM
    Thanks for the photos, Taffy Clayton! And , always carry electrical tape in the cart!

        03-14-2013, 02:41 PM
    driveing spares bag

    Ill have to show you a driveing spares bag it contains a knife a hoof pick 3 verious size billets so if a strap brakes you can slot in a buillet and candles for your lamps as well.
    And a peice of nylon bale twine can get you out of a lot of trouble to and don't forget your cell phone.
        03-14-2013, 02:45 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    I thought you were taking a shower
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    I thought you were driving to my house, or did you stop at that casino on the way? I have go straighten house before Churumbique gets here.
        03-14-2013, 02:48 PM
    straighten the house

    Sorry im a bit far away otherwise id run the vacume and muck out for you lol take care.
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        03-14-2013, 05:42 PM
    OK Taffy and MIcheal and others who are so kind to help me, Let me get the chain and things and the strap extenders and post new pics. Can we hold it right here. So don't get to far ahead or I will get lost. It seems easy for you because you do it but it is very confusing to me.
    TAffy, yes the cart is a bit small for this pony and the harness a bit small. I have the other bigger pony I am training. This cart has two sets of shafts and I have bigger harness for the untrained pony. This pony is already trained to cart. I'm not sure how well since I don't really have a good hitch for her yet. I did see her demonstrated pulling a cart in traffic before I bought her but I am not a experienced judge of cart ponies.
        03-14-2013, 05:48 PM
    last picture I have taken with my current setup

    Here is the last picture, a front view. Please make any comments you want. I will see about getting the extenders made and will post new pictures as soon as I get it all done on this same thread. Thank you all for your help. You are so kind to take the time to help me. Thank you especially Taffy for the pictures. You are spectacular.
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        03-17-2013, 12:25 AM
    Green Broke
    ^^^ I think your bridle looks fine.

    When you go to the Amish to get the extenders for the shaft loop drops from the saddle, check to see if you need them to make you a longer throat latch. Last time I went to the Amish harness maker, I got a synthetic throat latch for $8.
        03-17-2013, 11:58 AM
    I hope to go on Monday. I will take my whole harness set and the pictures I posted in here so they can see the pony, cart and harness together. I have a tablet that shows nice big pictures.

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