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  • meadow brook wheels?

    Hey Gang-I have never driven but I have a beautiful Meadowbrook cart in my loft (came with the farm) and 2 newly adopted ponies. I figure some day I might try to put pony and cart together but the cart has huge wheels on it. Is it possible to put smaller wheels on a standard size cart to make it the right height for the ponies? Obviously I have a very long way to go before I even dream of taking the cart down out of the loft but I'm "planning ahead". One pony is 10.2 (she's a mini cross I think), the other 11.2. No, I won't put them both in the shafts at the same time...It would be fun to be able to use this cart as we have pictures of my husband as a baby being driven around in it! Thanks!
    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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    Guess you need to measure the wheels, top to bottom, to give us a size. Then depending on the size, you might be able to get different wheel sizes, or NOT.

    Proportions of the cart body and shafts, will probably be part of deciding if changing the wheels will work. Sizes may just not be small enough for such little ponies as yours. Or the whole cart might be perfect!

    Wooden wheels always "look" large when compared to wire spoked wheels on show carts because they have so much more mass and depth to them. Horse size wheels are big!

    Measure the wheel sizes, then the length of shafts from the crossbar in front of the cart body to the tip. That will let us know better, what size equine your cart is built to fit.

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    • #3
      The size of the shafts is also going to affect your ability to fit the cart to your ponies. I'm imagining a horse sized cart with little wheels and long shafts looking a bit like an Ed Roth dragster... pardon my comical image of the funny pop eyed, tongue out wild expression on the pony that I've just dreamed up.

      I think you'd probably be best off to either trade the big cart for one that is just the right size- or to hang on to the family heirloom and just spring for a new(or used) pony sized cart. If you were to go to some auctions I'm sure you could pick up a pony sized cart for the same price as a set of new good quality wheels would cost alone.

      I vote to keep the integrity of the original as is.

      I'd also love to see the baby pictures of your husband in the cart!

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        Thanks, you guys. I'll get out the tape measure when I get home from taking care of all these grand children! ;-)
        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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