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Question about shafts
Hello everyone. I am new to the forum and appreciate the experience. I recently bought a two-wheeled cart for my Haflinger mare. There is a metal loop towards the front of the shafts on both sides and I am not quite sure what they are for. They are too far forward to run my breeching straps through. I have not seen this on the carts I trained with. Thank you!
Do you have loops for the breeching straps on the shafts?
I have seen the holdback loops in some very odd locations on those metal carts. If you don't have loops where you need them, you can take the cart to a welder. He can add some loops in the correct places, remove the others. Make the new loops open, easy to get a strap thru.
I can't really think of a use for welded on loops in the forward part of the shafts. If I can't use them, I would have them removed. Shaft tips should be even with point of shoulder of the animal in a correctly fitted cart, so no chance of shaft end falling out of the tug loops. Marathon cart short shafts have a quick release tug loop that locks thru a holder loop on shaft end, so shaft ends can't fall out of the tug loops.
Could it be for the tugs to go in? A picture would help. They could be for breeching and just put in teh wrong place
Only the easy entry cars put loops on the shafts and they are never in the right place. there is a method for wrapping the straps that grab the shaft and as the leather tightens it holds the shalft better. I don't know if I can describe it so you'll understand. Wrap the leather around the shaft three times a bit loose. Take the long leftover end and slide it along the shaft under the loops, adjust and pull tight. The weight of the cart will keep it tight.
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