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post #11 of 30 Old 11-30-2013, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by greentree View Post
That looks like fun!

You need the breast collar that goes straight across the chest, instead of a V, so he can pull with his chest instead of the girth. Hook the long "traces" to the breast collar.


I'll have to try that!

Thank you! I adore that horse in your picture btw. I would love to teach my boy to drive, but he is deathly afraid of carts
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post #12 of 30 Old 11-30-2013, 08:20 PM
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Hey looks like a heck of a lot of fun to me. But, I grew up riding on car hoods behind a team with no way to stop or keep from sweeping the horse's legs out if we turned too quickly LOL.
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Thanks Kylie!! She has been a most wonderful horse...DH calls her "BWF Tootsie...America's Favorite Horse"

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post #14 of 30 Old 12-01-2013, 10:31 PM
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At the stable where I rode as a teen, we harnessed the horse to the stoneboat, throw on a bale of straw and we were set to go. We liked to go late at night during bright moonlight. There's be no wind, clear skies. Add the sound of the hooves crunching on the hard pack and the beauty of it all was almost too much.
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post #15 of 30 Old 12-02-2013, 02:49 PM
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I just came back inside from sledding with my coming 4 yr old Nova, its so nice out today and we just got a ton of fresh fluffy snow so we slid good
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post #16 of 30 Old 12-13-2013, 08:00 PM
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That looks fun!
I remember finding parts of a harness and thinking as a kid, that it would be great to get it on my horse and have her pull my Radio Flyer around. It worked until something broke on the girth and all fun came to a stop. When I was a kid, I also figured horses just knew how to do things like that! LOL She never knew how to pull a cart. Let alone a clanky metal kids toy. ;)

Emily! I love your sled. I will have to show your picture to my husband and see if he'll make one for me.
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post #17 of 30 Old 12-13-2013, 08:40 PM
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Looks like fun to me! We used to hook up to a big truck tire with plywood bolted to the bottom. Hooked up and rolled! One year I even bought battery operated lights and did up his harness and drove around the neighbourhood. Was lots of fun!!
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post #18 of 30 Old 12-13-2013, 10:05 PM
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Thank-you Jeepngirl, I like it too! I think I have all the measurements still for a one horse sled, a person could just scale it down for a smaller horse/pony, if you would like them.

Also we had the shafts made at a welding shop, probably the most expensive part of the whole sled, and if I was doing it again I would have had them made with a shorter curve. The runners were made out of green treated wood. Everything else was combination of reg. pine wood and plywood, painted with a paint made for metal which was recommended to me by a painter. I sanded it first with a rough sandpaper, put one coat on, then lightly sanded it again with a smaller grain and put a second coat on. Altogether I put three layers on... So far, in the second year, nothing has faded or rusted, but the iron that we shod on the bottom of the wood runners, which isn't a big deal.

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post #19 of 30 Old 12-13-2013, 10:27 PM
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That would be great Emily. We have horses with the smallest being 14 hands. So if that is what your sled is made for, it'll be perfect!
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post #20 of 30 Old 12-15-2013, 09:43 AM
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Here's a rough list of the supplies I got;

Strap Iron~ 1/4" thick x 2" wide by 6' I'll probably shod the runners before putting the rest together.
Runners-(green treated)
2" thick 12" wide x 5' long board
Box sides (reg. board)
1-1" thick x 12" x 8' (2 sides each 4' long)
Tailgate (reg. board)
1-1" x 12" x 4'
Floor & Dash-(plywood)
1 sheet of 3/4" thick 4'x8' plywood
Side supports (2x4)
2-2x4 cut in half length wise then cut into pieces width ways. (2 pieces 3 1/2' & 6 pieces 1-1/2')
Box Support (2x4)
5- 2x4x8
Misc. stuff like screws & bolts.

Hope this helps? The sled really wasn't that hard to build, we probably had the whole thing put together in under one day. The painting is what takes the longest.

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