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post #1 of 3 Old 11-03-2018, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Building Homemade Horse Cart?

My dad is a master weldsman as well as a master carpenter (so I have two options as far as material), has built hundreds of racecars and race go-karts, as well as my personal goat cart, and also is just super creative in the head, and I'm hoping he can help me build a cart to start working with. My mare is 16hh, I'm looking at building a 2 wheel, single horse cart, with a seat that can hopefully fit two people (maybe squeeze in a small third on occasion, or sit three people comfortably if possible) and be road safe. She has been cart broken, just with someone elses cart.

My brother is handicapped and I have two pairs of wheelchair wheels, that are SUPER durable and light and can hold up to 500+lbs (not that I'd make them do that all the time). Its definitely going to be a pleasure cart, NOT a show cart, maybe going on trail rides (cart accessible trails) and parades, but mostly riding roads, 90% of those roads being dirt roads. Not going to be fancy, but needs to be safe and considerably light, and unsure on requirements on most carts, but it will need rigging for breeching (I may have said that incorrectly) as we will occasionally be going down hills, and I had issues with harnesses coming slap off without breeching when I worked cart goats, and I just won't test that happening again with a horse.

As far as seating goes, like I said, needs to at least sit two people comfortably. My brother will occasionally be riding, NOT alone, so it will need to be accessible enough to lift 70lbs onto it by yourself without having much of a step (the highest we typically can manage is lifting our leg into the floorboard of a medium pickup, from the ground, but I mean if thats just not reasonable we can manage). We will be figuring out seatbelt options for my brother as well, but don't need help with those. Seat will need a back.

As far as lighting, I need advice on what would be best. We will be riding rural/urban roads, nothing too high traffic, but still public roadways, so maybe flashing lights? My dad can figure out light rigging, its just WHAT lights would be needed. Or are reflective lights with slow moving vehicle signs sufficient?

The best thing I'm looking for are building blueprints or plans. But I know those aren't always available. Any advice anyone can give is greatly appreciated.
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Any easy entry cart with a few modifications should work. You can google that as well as plans. I have seen one that has wheel chair accessible ramp and is set for the wheelchair bound individual to do the driving. Any correctly made harness for a horse that is being used for cart/carriage work will have breeching. The breeching is not what connects to the cart. The traces connect to the single tree. There are shaft holders that the shaft slides through and hold back straps connect to the shaft.
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-04-2018, 08:42 AM
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I am glad you said two-wheeled cart!,

I was competing at a driving show several years ago, and someone spotted a loose pony, running with his cart on the course. Nobody could figure out who was driving a white pony with a two-wheeled cart!!

Finally, the pony slowed and was led back up to the barns, and it turned out he WAS pulling a four-wheeled carriage, but the back half had BROKEN off!! My husband vowed that day to NEVER build anything that could potentially kill his wife!

The carriage had been built by the husband, who was an excellent driver and trainer.....he made one tiny mistake somewhere, and seriously injured his wife.

Anyway, I have seen carts in the Amish country that seem to have been made from those motorcycle wheels....they should be fine for a pony cart, but too small for a 16 h horse cart.

I don't break horses, I FIX them!
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