What are my vehicle options with this horse?
Hello drivers! I'm very new to this, and I have a small wonder.
I have a lovely little Haflinger filly with whom I'd like to start driving. She's coming 4 years old, just barely started under saddle, with some ground driving under her belt. I've harnessed her, but never hitched her to a cart. I do have a breaking cart and harness available for use at my barn, and both are the appropriate size. She's 14.1 and well-built, lots of bone and very athletic.
A friend of mine recently got engaged and asked me if, a year and a half down the line, Nyneve and I might be able to pull her wedding carriage. I told her we wouldn't be able to pull anything very big, and she said she didn't care if it was small as long as it had a front and back seat (so she and her fiance can sit together while I drive from up front).
I've seen carriages of this type designed for a single horse before, but I've never been sure whether I could get one for a horse Nev's size. I'm certainly willing, especially size I'd have a nice long time to prepare my pony. (I wouldn't have considered it if I didn't, I have no illusions about where we are in the process right now.)
Are there smaller, multi-passenger vehicles that would suit this purpose? Would I have to have something custom-made? I am not ready to purchase anything yet, I'm just exploring my options.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Don't let her size fool you. She can pull plenty. Start with a quality harness that fits correctly. You will need a 4 wheeled wagon or carriage for 3 people. depending upon where you are you might find equipment for haflingers or look at modifying a light horse cart. ( shorter wheels and shalfs).
It will be a good goal to aim for.
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We have a 4 passenger surrey that each of our haflingers pull with a full load of adults. One of them is smaller that your mare. THey are strong and quite capable. Our surrey is a cobb size shafts, etc. See the picture below. That's Goldie. He's about 13 hands
This is a better picture of the surrey with the top down. As you can see there are 4 adults in the vehicle. One is Santa! Goldie will be pulling this surrey with a bride in November.
Where did you get her from?
Wow, guys, thank you! It's so cool to see the little drafties pulling big loads. Hooray, now I'm super-excited!
Here's the surrey with the top up. This one has "trail tires" instead of the wooden wheels. The pneumatic tires make it easier to use on dirt and sandy roads/trails. It may not be as pretty as the wooden wheels but it sure does work well.
We got it from Frontier Equestrian in MO
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