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I've been thinking of getting a cart/harness for a few months, but due to my mare's lameness issues it was put on hold.

As for the harness, what is the difference between Beta and Biothane? I'm leaning towards getting a Zilco harness. Right now all I have is a nylon harness.

Also which cart would be better in Florida? We have hills, sand, but mostly will be working on grass or in a dirt arena.

My choices are a Meadowbrook with wooden wheels or a metal cart with motorcycle wheels. I'm thinking the metal cart will be more affordable and easier to get into my truck to go places. I'm just not sure about the tires- will they pop if we hit something on the trail? There are a lot of roots on the trails around here.

Which would be better? Metal shafts or wood shafts? Will metal shafts bend in an accident? I had a friend years ago who's horse punctured a lung. I think she was using wood shafts which broke (horse recovered fine). The horse was a high strung arabian and definitely not what I would consider a safe driving horse...
 

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I find Zilco overpriced, and the covering(it is nylon, coated with the plastic) does not last.

Biothane is the strapping, beta is the matte finish of it.

If you get the pneumatic tires, get them foam filled, as they do not hold air very well in my experience. I prefer the meadowbrook for driving position, and ride quality. yes, the metal carts get bent up!

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I've been thinking of getting a cart/harness for a few months, but due to my mare's lameness issues it was put on hold.

As for the harness, what is the difference between Beta and Biothane? I'm leaning towards getting a Zilco harness. Right now all I have is a nylon harness.

Also which cart would be better in Florida? We have hills, sand, but mostly will be working on grass or in a dirt arena.

My choices are a Meadowbrook with wooden wheels or a metal cart with motorcycle wheels. I'm thinking the metal cart will be more affordable and easier to get into my truck to go places. I'm just not sure about the tires- will they pop if we hit something on the trail? There are a lot of roots on the trails around here.

Which would be better? Metal shafts or wood shafts? Will metal shafts bend in an accident? I had a friend years ago who's horse punctured a lung. I think she was using wood shafts which broke (horse recovered fine). The horse was a high strung arabian and definitely not what I would consider a safe driving horse...
if you get the cart you posted earlier
ANd might want to do pleasure shows I would get leather.
 

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Sorry, I don't know what they call it, except foam-filled tires! Check with a tractor dealer, or the tire store.

Nancy
 
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