Question about Sizing a Cart - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 09-04-2009, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 52
• Horses: 2
Question about Sizing a Cart

Hey everyone - I have a question about purchasing a cart. I have a 13.3 hh draft pony who was broke to drive by the amish as a young horse and I want to reintroduce him to it. I have a harness that fits well, and I am looking to purchase a cart. I enjoy driving, and while I have trained horses to drive before, I've never actually purchased a cart. It's kind of a big purchase, and I want the cart to be able to be used for a long time.

My question is this - the pony I have now is a long term training project that I rescued, and I am looking to resell him next summer. I would like to buy a cart that will fit him, but one that I could possibly use with a larger horse. How long should the shafts be for his cart? Or, alternatively, what is the maximum length that the shafts should be for a pony his size? Like I said, I want the cart to last for a while. He is as wide as a full size horse, just a little shorter. For example, I am looking at a cart right now that has 74" shafts - too long? too short? Thoughts? I've never really thought about sizes of cart shafts before :)

Any information will be extremely helpful!

Thank you in advance!

"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." -Winston Churchill
harryhoudini is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 09-05-2009, 12:25 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: yorkshire england
Posts: 633
• Horses: 0
i suppose you should measure the lengh of your cob from his chest back i,ve had hundreds of carts but i just generally can tell by eye,you can get shafts too short but very rare too long obviously there are exceptions such as clydesdale/shire shaft but your horse would be okay to fit up to a 14 ,15 hands set of shafts
jimmy is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 09-05-2009, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 52
• Horses: 2
Ok, that's what I thought. Thank you!

"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." -Winston Churchill
harryhoudini is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 09-06-2009, 11:02 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 557
• Horses: 4
I think 74" shafts are too short if you want to possibly use the cart on a little bit larger horse. I would look for a cart with 80" shafts. You could use that with the draft pony and a horse up to about 15 hands. Also if your are looking for one of those cheaper easy entry carts a lot of them have 80" shafts.

Someone stole my %&#*@&% Carrot!
LauraB is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 09-07-2009, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 52
• Horses: 2
thanks so much - I am looking for one of those easy entry carts :) If you know anyone in PA with one to sell, point them my way!

"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." -Winston Churchill
harryhoudini is offline  

carts , driving

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Browband Sizing Question - MIEventer Horse Tack and Equipment 6 07-02-2009 04:17 PM
Sizing a bit prbygenny Horse Tack and Equipment 3 04-15-2009 10:13 PM
Question about picking a cart.... RubaiyateBandit Driving 2 01-26-2009 08:03 AM
blanket sizing brandi73085 Horse Grooming 4 03-21-2007 01:31 AM
re-sizing englishcowgrl General Off Topic Discussion 0 02-24-2007 02:46 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome