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post #1 of 5 Old 01-24-2018, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Choosing an all-purpose cart?

I'm trying to decide what sort of cart will meet my needs as a driver, since I'd really like to start getting my feet wet with competing soon.

Problem is, I'm going to need a better cart.

Odds are good that I'm only going to be able to have one cart because, let's face it, I'm not made of money. So that means I'll be competing in the Pleasure shows, focusing on driven dressage, and also trail/general recreational driving.

I learned to drive in a Meadowbrook, but I'm thinking a wooden-wheeled cart isn't going to stand up to all that, plus it's pretty unwieldy to pack up for an afternoon of leisurely trail driving.

So what would be a good cart to consider for someone who both wants to show and go off the beaten path? Or should I just pick one or the other?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-24-2018, 05:33 PM
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What about something like this?
https://www.statelinetack.com/item/t...ng-cart/BOC74/
I have seen this one sized for a pony and it is nice, well made, nice padded seat and well balanced.
The shipping charges, so dependent on where it ships to cost a friend $250.00 to Florida...but the cart is brand new in a box needing assembly.
Pretty thing it is...
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-24-2018, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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HLG- I've considered an easy-entry for trail stuff, but sadly they're not show-legal for anything but what the American Driving Society refers to as "VSE", or Very Small Equines :) I'll probably wind up with something like a draft pony - short and stocky, but built like a tank.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-25-2018, 06:20 AM
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You aren't far from the Amish country.
I bet they have carts like what you search for that would be incredibly made, not real expensive and do the job at hand...
A short "road-trip" might be a weekend project of great results for you...
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Headed out the door. Short notice but have to go in. Look up Marathon carriage. They use them for eventing. My friend used them for her Paso in the show ring, combined driving events and she could fit herself plus three so we had many a wonderful afternoon on the trails with her and a picnic lunch.
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