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post #1 of 5 Old 05-06-2012, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Question Show cart

What constitutes a show cart for a light draft horse? I went to my first draft horse show and saw that all the show cart had large wheels. but they used the same carts for the pleasure class. I am interested in the driving competitions but know very little about it. Any information or sources of information would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-07-2012, 09:49 AM
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Here are some examples of show carts, and a show hitch wagon.

Wagons and Carts Diamond J Farm

Mostly they are wooden wkeels, no car tires.

The first photo was my show cart, till I got the cart in the second photo. Then it became my breaking cart.

Then the cart in the second photo, I decided was too heavy for me to handle and I got the cart in my third photo. Which is a little too big for the Arab and a little too small for the Clyde.
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 06:59 PM
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What constitutes a show cart for a light draft horse? I went to my first draft horse show and saw that all the show cart had large wheels. but they used the same carts for the pleasure class. I am interested in the driving competitions but know very little about it. Any information or sources of information would be appreciated.
IOt is really going to depend on what type of showing you want to do. Breed classes, CDE's ande pleasure shows have different rules and requirements.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 07:09 PM
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[QUOTE=Taffy Clayton;1489079]Here are some examples of show carts, and a show hitch wagon.

Wagons and Carts Diamond J Farm

Mostly they are wooden wkeels, no car tires.

The first photo was my show cart, till I got the cart in the second photo. Then it became my breaking cart.

Then the cart in the second photo, I decided was too heavy for me to handle and I got the cart in my third photo. Which is a little too big for the Arab and a little too small for the Clyde.[/QUOTE

Taffy, hope you don't mind me pointing out some critiques on this and what I would change. It might help the op.

The 1st photo should have a breast collar not a neck collar. If this cart had axle draft like in the 2nd picture then the neck collar would be appropriate. The cart is also too small, as you can see the shafts need to be higher on the side of the horse but that would change the angle and the shafts would not be level which this style of cart the shafts should be level.

Picture 2 The gig looks to be most suitable for this horse and the harness is suitable for cart.

Picture 3 as noted is too large for this horse but I think you could raise the shafts a notch or 2 and it would level out and look better. This type of cart and breast collar are appropriate.

Also if you are doing carriage driving the type of cart needs to match the style of horse. Like Taffy's meadowbrook with the haflinger go together.
I have a gig for a friesian cross.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-11-2012, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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We found a new show cart at a local auction. so we're all set to give competition a try. Thanks for the responses. They helped us find a cart.
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