Speak to me of cart wheels!
I already know how to do cartwheels though. :lol:
So my Haflinger's been doing awesome! I hitched him once last week, and being the professional at driving that he is, he took it all in stride. I've got the leather harness (the one that the breastcollar broke) just lying around, so I've put it to good use by trying it on my mare. She's older (like maybe 16 or 17 actual age unknown since she hasn't got papers and her old owner might have been lying about her age) and quite literally bombproof. I'd like to be able to ground drive her to keep her exercised while I'm unable to ride due to injury, and if she picks up on driving too, it's always another thing she can aspire to.
Anyway, I'm getting a new cart soon as the one that my barn owner lent us is unfortunately too long for my Haffie, there's sooo much space between his butt and the singletree (I think I could almost squeeze a miniature horse in there) and will be getting an Easy Entry cart. I've seen a lot of nice carts, but they cost $$$$ and I only have $$. Someday! Someday, I tell myself. In the meantime, we're probably going to end up with a G&S cart or something similar. It's a starting point for me, and because I probably am only going to be doing recreational driving on a once or twice a week basis (maybe 3 times a week if I really felt like it)
Which brings me to my question. What kind of wheels should I be looking at here? The surface I'm likely to be driving on will be asphalt road and the sandy arena. I will probably have to drive on asphalt grindings here and there on the ranch I board at, but aside from those, there are no rocks, tree stumps or anything else that will likely be a problem. Do I even want to consider the solid steel and rubber wheels or will it make it harder for my Haflinger to pull the cart in the main location where we drive, which is the arena. That has sandy, and is somewhat deep.
Any thoughts on this?