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Ashleysmardigrasgirl 12-04-2013 03:42 PM

prospective carts :)
 
Hello everyone!

I wanted to share a couple of pictures of a cart I am interested in. The dimensions are right, it appears to be in good condition, and the price is right too.
I already have a tooling around cart so this would mainly be a cart that I could use for light showing this Summer. Nothing too strenuous but, I'd also love to be able to use the cart for "outings" as well.
Personally, I love Governess carts so naturally I like this one; even though, it's a bit plain IMO.

http://i40.tinypic.com/bl6v8.jpg

http://i39.tinypic.com/23r3bbc.jpg

jimmy 12-06-2013 11:09 AM

hope your horse is really quiet,once your in that ,your not getting out two quick

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 12-06-2013 01:33 PM

Not so sure ditching the cart, in any rig, is going to be safe or quick... Probably best to have an easy going horse between the shafts in any situation... Getting out of the Meadowbrook requires flipping a seat and exiting through the back which, is hardly an easier or quicker way out.

Ninamebo 12-06-2013 02:03 PM

Though simple I think it's lovely- I like that style as well. It looks nicely kept. Very beautiful.

jimmy 12-06-2013 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl (Post 4250698)
Not so sure ditching the cart, in any rig, is going to be safe or quick... Probably best to have an easy going horse between the shafts in any situation... Getting out of the Meadowbrook requires flipping a seat and exiting through the back which, is hardly an easier or quicker way out.

I know what your saying ,but they are also known as a trap, and for good reason

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 12-07-2013 02:00 PM

Aye, still a good point Jimmy I will keep it in mind.
I've been talking to the owner of the vehicle and so far it sounds/looks like it is in very good condition. I am thinking if I were to purchase it I would perhaps reupholster the seats, add a wicker basket, carriage lights, change the whip socket to brass, and perhaps find a handle for next to the back door.


Anyways, she sent me some additional pictures. If any of you out there can point something out that looks suspect I would greatly appreciate it :)

http://i42.tinypic.com/2wf5jia.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/i3uoac.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/2yw9u7t.jpg

jimmy 12-07-2013 02:33 PM

looks a nice well put together cart,I,m not a lover of sitting sideways on when driving though,I always seem to wrench muscles In my back I did ent know I had

Taffy Clayton 12-11-2013 06:39 PM

Although it is a lovely cart, It is not really proper for showing in a pleasure class. You could do it, but sitting sideways will be difficult to get your horse moving well. You will be encumbered and not be able to move as freely as you would want. Also you would have a hard time using your reins and whip easily. I don't think you will be happy with showing in it.

Taffy Clayton 12-12-2013 05:56 PM

If you are looking for a cart for parades and picnics, fancy drives in the park or special pleasure classes, like antique vehicle, I think it is great!

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 12-18-2013 12:04 PM

aye, I bought it.
Honestly, I just really enjoy these older vehicles and getting the opportunity to try 'em out...
I should have been more clear... I don't plan to show legitimately in this but, rather just enter in some "fun shows/outings" hosted by our local driving society. I spoke briefly to a woman who is a member of the local driving club and she mentioned that the club hosts a number of fun turn out events (basically everything you just mentioned Taffy) so, I think we might give it a-go!

Also, hubby and I enjoy hauling out to go for drives together and I think this cart is just darling for that.

I will probably re-sale it this summer/fall if I get serious about showing in driving, & invest in something more suitable...

I'm quite impressed with how well it seems to fit my girl. It's a tad wide but, the shafts appear to me, to be a good length on her. It's also, despite incredibly heavy, quite well balanced.

Also, the woman I bought the cart from is quite involved with the club and offered to let me tag along/groom for her for various events. I'm really excited to have been given the opportunity to watch and learn, it was a very generous proposition.


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