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For Future Reference or Putting the Cart B4 the Mini

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  • For Future Reference or Putting the Cart B4 the Mini

    I just scored a nice new mini metal EZ-Entry cart at the Topeka auction.
    It was Choice #2, but #1 I was outbid.
    The only difference is #1 had a wooden floor & dash & for my current needs probably better off w/o the Fancy.

    When my mini is driving reliably I'd like to Pimp My Ride < add wood floor & dash & perhaps a brass rein rail (harness is black leather w/brass) & whip holder.
    How gauche would it be for me to bolt wood to the existing floor/dash (maybe even add a patent dash?) stain & varnish?
    I'd also recover the vinyl seat with fabric & In My Dreams replace with a spindleback.

    All miles down the road, but should I just leave well enough & budget for a fancier cart?
    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

  • #2
    If you want to show ADS, CAA, you probably want to save up for a fancier one. I am presuming this is a typical EZ entry cart sold a Topeka. I could be wrong as new, nicer designs are showing up all the time. Can you post a photo? I heard anyone can post photos on COTH now.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks, goodhors
      Yes, standard issue EZ-entry.
      I already have my (future) ADS cart picked out.
      But mini has to earn it
      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


      • #4
        I would add the whip holder and do the floor. I have a wooden floor on my easy entry cart and I like it much better than the metal. Dirt does not come up through it nearly as much.
        If the seat looks nice, clean and with no rips I'd be inclined to leave it and put the money towards the new cart . Your mini will earn his new cart before you know it!


        • Original Poster

          Thanks, cayuse!
          I feel capable of adding the wood myself - probably with borrowed tools, but still....
          Seat is brand new, so recovering would be another step down the road.

          goodhors: only pic is one I took when we got it home... in my garage. shafts propped on lawn furniture, with "stuff" all around it.
          Kind of a Where's Waldo shot
          Looks like this - with fenders:

          Keep fingers crossed we are ready for the County Fair in August!
          *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
          Steppin' Out 1988-2004
          Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
          Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


          • #6
            You could just make "slip covers" of fabric for the seat cushions. I would use Velcro for closing the seat back cover, run under the bottom of the cushion. If seat cushion is removable on the seat, you could just make a zippered cover out of nice fabric to use showing. Velcro would be your friend again to hold fabric in place if seat cushion is fixed to the cart.

            The vinyl on those carts is hard wearing, usually lasts a long time if not left in the sun much. Some of that rubberized shelf liner to sit on, will keep you from sliding around while driving.

            Are tires hard rubber on the wire spoked wheels? You might want to "upgrade" wheels to the type with only a few heavy metal spokes, like motorcycle or BMX bicycles use, or modern cart wheels trying to look traditional with big metal spokes. These wheels will take the torque of sideways forces better than even heavier wire spoked wheels will. Adding air filled heavy tires will give a slightly cushioned ride and allow cart not to sink into sand in arenas. or well used dirt roads.

            Go and use the cart as is, when pony is ready. Just be prepared, have a plan in your head, should the wire spoked wheels fail in use. Fenders will help keep you a little cleaner/drier when you go thru wet places!


            • Original Poster

              Great idea for seatcovers, goodhors!
              Even non-sewing Me can get that done
              & shelf-liner butt-glue = brilliant!

              The wheels on the cart are as you describe, not the lighter weight ones pictured.
              Air-filled and heavier/wider tread.
              On that subject: how gauche would it be to replace with wood wheels?
              Not for everyday or road use, but for "looks" at Fair or other non-ADS shows.

              And thanks for letting my pick your wonderfully experienced Driving brain.
              If we ever make it to an ADS (or unrated?) show in Metamora or Kalamazoo are you close enough to GTG?
              I'd love to add another Met A COTHer notch to my belt
              *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
              Steppin' Out 1988-2004
              Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
              Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


              • #8
                Wood wheels are cool. Just check the ground of arena, ring you will be competing in to make wheel choices that are suitable. Narrow tread wooden will cut into sand, make for harder pulling. Air filled tires should pull easier on sand, especially deep sand. I would go with wood on grass that is firm. But cost of wood wheels might be high, so the money would be better used saving up in your plan for nicer vehicle with wood wheels.

                Glad you have the non-wire spokes. Lot of mini folks using the cast spokes, haven't heard of wheel issues with them. Check all the nuts and bolts regularly, often, to keep them tight, not letting pieces and parts wiggle loose.


                • #9
                  Sorry, I forgot to say Kalamazoo is a maybe. Depends on weather and if young mare is ready for appearing in public yet . It is a 2 hour drive for us. Some other project may need doing because it is a nice day. Pleasure Driving in classes is low on our "fun stuff" list. Mare is who we plan to polish up this year, getting her out and about learning about new things. We hope to take her to Metamora as well, but we have been unable to always get what we want there! Usually an injury of some sort. If we can't drive, we work as volunteers.

                  Guess we will know more closer to the date, for getting together, if you plan to attend.


                  • Original Poster

                    Sorry for the late response, goodhors
                    Right now - as mini has not even come home yet - all showing plans are on Hold.
                    If he comes back a Solid Citizen, we will do our local County Fair in August < so close I could literally drive him there!
                    My Carriage Club does the National Drive at KY Horse Park in October & ADS-hungry friend will want to go back to Prairie du Chien in September.
                    All that said, the Kalamazoo ADS show is in June & could be a possibility even if mini needs more schooling - friend could have one for me to drive.
                    As the date gets closer I'll be in touch here on the BB.

                    Like you, my plans aren't geared towards showing.
                    That is friend's Wanna & she has been nice enough to let me drive her pony, so the least I can do is act as groom & general gofer at shows.
                    I'd much more enjoy doing the drives my Club does regularly through the season.
                    Memorial Day weekend there's a 3-Day ride/drive to benefit Veterans I have mentally penciled in.

                    Looks like weather has finally turned decent, so Happy Driving to you!
                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                    • #11
                      The MHDVA Show is moving from Kalamazoo to Williamston, near Lansing. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. The move was just voted on Saturday because of issues with the Kzoo Fair Board and added expenses they wanted for much less usable grounds. It was not an easy choice for a lot of reasons, but the vote was to move the show location. Facilities are quite nice at the new location, new stabling. Large show ring and cones area. Parking close to stabling. Short distance off I-96.

                      Information about the change should be posted soon in various places, on Calendar listings, with details of new location. Dates are all the same.

                      Please share the location change with any driving folk you know, to prevent them arriving at the wrong location! We are really sorry about the change at such short motice.

                      2 Dogs I know this change may put the show too far to come for you. Perhaps you could still attend Metamora for a meet up in June.


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks for the headsup!
                        Considering we drive 5h+ to WI for Prairie du Chien, the added ~70mi to Lansing is not a dealbreaker.
                        And I have friends who are sorta close to Lansing & might make the drive to see me & mini if we go.

                        Metamora at the end of June might be doable.
                        Seeing as I can hardly plan what to have for lunch today, anything that far out will be a mystery until at least the end of May

                        Time really does fly when you're Old!
                        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015