- Apr 26, 2006
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I went out today and was going to hitch up Phebe for the first time to the new cart. We did our ground driving and everything was going so well that I decided to put her to the cart. down the street from us is a public arena thats perfect size for driving. so I loaded up the cart and horses an away we went. because its rodeo weekend I thought we would have the place to our selves. I was right it was deserted. I unloaded the cart and horses and started harnessing phebe. this is about when the first wave of kids showed up, The baseball tournement had ended.[ they use the arenas parking lot as an overflow]. I waited till this had thinned out before putting her to the cart. Because this was her first time in this cart I had to make several adjustments before I was happy. to start with I had her to far back in the cart and she was using the shaft ends to scratch her neck. before I could do anything about that she got the shaft end cought in her throat latch. I was hooking the traces and the shafts went up! I at first couldnt figure out how she was doing this. I thought she was holding them up in her mouth. Its about this time that the first wave of people came back from the rodeo.[ the kids rodeo had ended ]. So I untangled her and should have gone home then because everyone that has a horse was there to show off theirs to some friends and of course pet the minis. we did make a couple of feeble passes, but with all the comotion she was already about to jump out of her skin. So I ended it there. Next trip out Ill try to get some pictures! she was so wound up and we had so much extra help that I didnt even try to take pics. For those that know harnessing, when I had her set with the traces tight and about two fingers space between the breeching and her[ I have thick fingers ] there was aprox 12 inches between her and the single tree. is there any advantage to moving her back? If theres any advantage to moving back I could cut back the shafts and move the foot loops and gain 5 or 10 in. the slots in my traces are in 5 in increments. what do you think? DR.