Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
How tight you can turn a carriage, and how easily it reverses is largely dependent on the carriage itself. A 2-wheeled cart is extremely maneuverable. A 4-wheel carriage is less so, and won't be able to do sharp turns if the wheels will hit the body of the carriage, so are limited to wider turns. A carriage or wagon where the wheels run under the body of the carriage when turning, or a 5th wheel, can turn much tighter, but is also harder to back in a straight line and prone to tipping if you overbalance it to one side. If you go to a show with driving/hitch classes, each entry is required to back at least a few steps in the class. It's quite a sight to see at the big draft shows, to see all six or eight horses backing in unison to move the wagon straight back and straight forward again. Even more impressive is when they bring all the hitches back in together for final placings, then may want a drive-off so 3 or 4 will pull out, drive a few laps, then pull back in at a trot into a space you'd be hard-pressed to get a golf cart into on the first try....