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post #1 of 6 Old 05-10-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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What would you call this sleigh?

My uncle has a buckboard type sleigh and he sort of wanted to know what the specific name was for it. I have a few pictures that were taken from my phone and I was just wondering if people could sort of give me some info on what it might have been used for, what it was called, etc. It was sitting in his parent's barn and apparently they used it on the farm a long time ago but since then it just sort of sat. After he helped us finishing our runabout they decided to take that stuff and finish it, as well. So here I am with these pictures now, and hopefully someone knowledgable can tell me what exactally I'm looking at. ;3
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-11-2012, 09:04 AM
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It is, generally speaking, a bobsleigh, identified by the two short runners on each side instead of one long one. This was thought to create a smoother ride on a longer bodied sleigh, by the independant movement of the individual runners. As far as the upper carriage it looks like a freight hauling buck board.

A lot of bobsleighs had a black or green body with a different color under carriage, maroon or black. Fancier sleighs had straw colored pin striping on the body. But of course any color combination that looks good would work.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-11-2012, 09:18 AM
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Will there be horses pulling your sleigh?! In Christmas outfits?!

Got me all excited now, it looks SO awesome!

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Thanks Taffy Clayton for the info. :)

Sky; we are planning on training our two Curly mares to drive as a team, but that is a bit of a far-off goal. One of the girls are pregnant so we have to wait a bit before starting. If things decide to go extraordinarily well we might have them pulling by this winter.
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How wonderful! Best of luck with the pregnancy and the driving training :)

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Thanks! Now I just need a pair of harnesses or at least a surcingle big enough to fit around them for ground driving in the meantime. ;)
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