Having been flipped a time or two with a 2-wheeled cart, I am trying to find a 4-wheeled vehicle that is suitable for a single pony - 12.2 hand refined pony and 11.2 hand chunky Dartmoor. I'd really like something on the order of a wagonette so I could use it for training as well as taking the grandkids for a ride. I'm thinking the weight would have to be 300 lbs. or less. Does such a vehicle exist that doesn't break the bank or am I looking for the impossible?
She drives a lot of similar sized ponies and uses these vehicles for hers. The dominiaks are not that expensive in comparison to others. I think that fancy spider pheaton i think was $4270 when i asked about it (which was a year ago, so please dont quote me on that!), i know when she posts prices on FB i always think of how reasonable they are when looking at a new imported vehicle. And these are not cheap junk vehicles.
My other thought was a hardwick tadpole, if you could run across a used one. I rarely see the dominiaks used.
She has a wagonette mix that i know can go single or pairs and she pulls with a pair of minis. So i would think it would be suitable for 11-12h singles. I cant remember the weight, but i think it's right at 300lbs or somewhere about there.
Sarah's website is working again, i think her server was down earlier. You might try it again. The one i was thinking of is called a marathon mix on her website, i think on dominiak they call it a wagonette mix.
the only other one that comes to mind besides the hardwick is the bellcrown wagonette, but i never see them used and they are even more money than the Dominiaks at High Hopes.
My 13h pony is really refined and narrow. I'm guessing she's lucky to weigh 550 soaking wet with winter coat... I'm hoping i'll get some muscle on her this year, but i'm not sure she'll ever be able to handle my kuhnle marathon carriage, which is designed for large ponies and weighs 400lbs. So i'm kinda in the same boat as you. If my cob doesnt come sound this year, i'm selling it and getting one of the dominiaks i think. I dont know if i'll get another large pony for the Kuhnle or not.
I would second the Tadpole. It is the only thing I know of that is really, truly, light enough for ponies that size.
I have owned about 4 bellcrowns over the last 15 years, including the first one brought over in pony size. It's still going strong, being driven by an advanced driver at this point, 12 years later. I love them, but I would check the weight on them. An 11.2 single pony to pull a 4 wheeler, an adult and 2 kids is asking a lot of that single pony so would be very careful about weight.
THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE WHEN BUYING A CARRIAGE IS VERIFYING THE WEIGHT.
DO I NEED TO SAY IT AGAIN?
Virtually none of the sellers are honest. Now having said that, Bellcrown (Carriage Machine in the US) is very good. Russ Harwick is very good.
Kuhnle, Kutzman and some others not so much. My Kuhnle was about 50 lbs heavy, my Kutzman was 140lbs heavy..........(no that is not a misprint). Fortunately, I had learned my lesson by then and had the weight guaranteed in writing, so returned it but it took me over a year to get my money.......