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charlottein

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I have been watching videos on harnessing and just trying to improve myself and my understanding. I see so many different types of carts and trees and attachments. Is there like a guide to all these and how to attach them? And how exactly do I use this one? Not sure if I have been doing it right and would like to see pictures, especially as I have a new harness. I have Mindy's book, but sadly my daughter misplaced it someplace and I can't find it to check if this is in there!
 

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Never saw one like that, it's a puzzle. I wonder if it is for a trace with chains. You'd place the chain loop over the bolt and then turn it to slid over the end of the singletree. That's just a completely wild guess. I'm going to follow this as I'm curious!
 

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Kingston Saddlery sells one that looks like that, but they don't have a picture of it with traces attached.
 

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Now that I think about it, I have a harness with that has the trace slots notched (IDK if that's the correct term), one end is bigger than the other, sort of keyhole shaped. I could see those easily fitting over that.
 

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This is called a roller bolt style single tree. You need a roller bolt style trace, which is just a simple loop on the single tree end of the traces. I think that is fine for easy driving, on flat ground or well groomed areas, but for trail driving I feel it's not a very safe situation. I know on some of the drives I do the traces would pop off the roller bolt!!

Here is a photo of the end of the trace:
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Thanks! That is what I thought it might be, but when I looked up pictures the roller bolts looked horizontal rather than vertical. Confusing. I really love the way the cart is balanced and it is comfortable and well sprung, and fits my guy (I mean I am a total novice, but I like it better than the one I used at my trainers). I guess my next task is to try and figure out how to replace the singletree with a better type. Sheesh, getting set up to for driving is an expensive thing to start! I bought this one off craigslist quite a few years ago when I was dreaming of driving, but having no idea what to look for.
 

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Driving is expensive! LOL! But is so rewarding 🤗

Chimacum Tack has some single trees that might work for your cart. We even have red ones! I'm always happy to help sort things out as well.
 

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Driving is expensive! LOL! But is so rewarding 🤗

Chimacum Tack has some single trees that might work for your cart. We even have red ones! I'm always happy to help sort things out as well.
Thanks! I cannot find them on the website, can you link me? I consigned some of my big horse tack since I don't own bigs anymore, so hopefully that sells so I can put it to the tree! Glad you are feeling better! I am recovering from Covid myself and it is such a bummer time to be sick - we gotta catch the last of the good weather for driving!
 

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Thanks! I cannot find them on the website, can you link me? I consigned some of my big horse tack since I don't own bigs anymore, so hopefully that sells so I can put it to the tree! Glad you are feeling better! I am recovering from Covid myself and it is such a bummer time to be sick - we gotta catch the last of the good weather for driving!
They aren't on the website yet because they haven't been made :) Once the shop makes a set then I can let you know how much they will be!
 

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