How to Size a Pony Cart

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Getting a cart the right size for your pony is extremely important. If a cart is too big, the pony could be injured. If a cart is too small, it will be an uncomfortable ride for pony and driver. The weight of the cart is just as important as the size. A light cart might not grip the road and could topple over. A heavy cart will hurt the pony's back. If in doubt, seek professional advice before you go out on a public road.

Measure your pony on a level ground. Measure from the ground in a straight line up the pony's withers. Convert the measurement to hands. Write down the measurement in centimeters and hands. Ten centimeters equals one hand in horse measurements. Measure the pony from the ground to just below the muscular section of the hindquarters. Write down the measurement in centimeters and hands.

Measure the cart from the ground to the shafts. The cart should be in driving position.

Work out if the shafts are the same height as the bottom of the pony's hindquarters.

Weigh or find out the weight of the cart and the pony. A pony can pull twice its own weight, including the driver.

Tell the vendor the exact measurements of the pony and the weight of the driver, if you're buying a cart online or over the phone.

Check the measurements of the pony and the cart according to the chart below. All measurements are in hands.

12-3 to 13-2 pony 65-inch shaft length 23-inch narrowest point 44-inch wheel base 26-inch wheel size 26-inch wood wheels

12 to 12-2 pony 60-inch shaft length 21-inch narrowest point 44-inch wheel base 26-inch wheel size 26-inch wood wheels

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