Yea that is great news! I saw you were offering your meadowbrook for sale, so I was wondering if you got the new one. I can't wait to see some photos.
The cart sounds perfect for what you want to do with it.
Also great that the lady is letting you tag along, Driving people are so nice, usually.
Aye, so far everyone I've had the pleasure to meet has been very friendly and inviting. I feel like since it is such a small community of equestrians that they genuinely want new comers to join the sport. I found a trainer somewhat nearby to help us along with driving and she has been a pleasure to work with as well. I am beyond smitten with how well my trainer, myself, and my mare seem to get along. We still have A LOT to work on and towards but, It has been an unparalled experience to even get to this point. I never would have guessed this is what we would be doing but, I wouldn't change it for the world.
Today was a lovely day so I took the opportunity to drive my girl.
We did a lot of trotting and turning work which was really fun. She did an excellent job, IMO. She tried very hard though, somewhat distracted by literally every single horse from three different properties making a ruckus trying to see what she was doing...
We drove for about 20 minutes in the arena and went for a little cool down through a local neighborhood.
Critique on cart/harness fitting is appreciated! This is the second time she's been hitched to this cart. The first time just to ensure it was a close enough fit. Though after watching the videos hubby took, I already have some things in mind to adjust for the next time I give it a go...
So question for the more knowledgeable out there... My tugs/traces attach the the swingle tree underneath the cross bar. What is the most appropriate type of harness for this vehicle? I've been trying to do some research on it and I've heard conflicting views on various turn outs similar to how mine attaches...
For instance... This gig looks as though it attaches in a similar area to where my cart does however, the line of draft was put into question which makes me wonder if a breast collar style would be more appropriate for where the swingle tree is.
Then there is this one where the traces attach darn near the axel which, would seem to be more suitable for the above harness... However, there was no mention of it being inappropriate for the turn-out.
Though on the ADS they say as a general utility vehicle they should have collar harness...
5. FOUR-WHEELED DOG CART, TRAP, OUTING WAGON DEFINITION: These are informal vehicles of general utility. As such they may be painted to suit individual taste within the bounds of tradition and general practicality. HARNESS: The harness may have a bridle with D-shaped winkers, with or without side-check bearing rein; Liverpool or elbow bit; Kay or rim coll ar and hames; hames may have connecting chain at bottom of hame straps both top and bottom, saddle of English pattern with French or Tilbury tugs for four-spring carriages, or as a saddle similar to Surrey harness for three- or end-spring carriages; breeching. Pair harness is similar, used with either trace bearers or breechings. Leather pole-straps are usual. ATTIRE: The driver wears country-style clothes with a derby, felt or straw hat according to season and weather. The groom wears stable livery with a derby hat. HORSES: The horse, or horses, usually sta nds 15.2 to 15.3 hands, has good all-round straight action, good head carriage and possesse s adequate substance for the weight of the vehicle. Good manners are important and the horse should be capable of trotting at a smart pace.
I would ent be a lover of the traces being so low,a horse could easily get it's leg over them and then you would have some fun,and I think breast collar or full collar is a matter of personal choice with light driving carts/carriages ,your not pulling great weight.
Well hellow there that's good you have joind the governess cart club.
I have one to and I have had it for over 25 years now and its a great little cart. Check out my albums there are some pictures of mine there con grats yippy.
Ashley I would love to see your pictures.
Don't for get you have to drive side ways and also I think you have to have a few children on board to so to speak and dress up in peariod costume as takeing your little charges out for a drive.
Thay are a great cart and I would keep it and that would last you a life time mine is nearley 110 years old and is in great condition it was made in 1904.