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Update to Forum Rules: Criminal Allegations

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Carts

    Other than I believe Bellcrown, who makes wheelchair accessible carts or small carriages for equines in the 14 to 15hh range?

    my pony has started a new career in therapeutic riding, and because he is excelling at it, the program coordinator extended the offer of finding funding for a wheelchair accessible vehicle to use him to offer a limited number of therapeutic driving lessons. Only catch being she has no idea where to find one.

    So far I have found Bellcrown's carriage, but who else makes one?
    Curious about Trans* issues? Feel free to ask!
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  • #2
    Try Sunrise Pony Farm, last time I was on their site they had one for that size, www.sunriseponyfarm I think will get you there. It may be listed under "carriages" or "mini" I can't remember (but it was a full size cart, not mini). Good luck!


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      The hard part is finding a cart that isn't so heavy that a small equine can't pull it. Be sure to discuss weight limits with the program as they research this.


      • #4
        Bennington has a well engineered vehicle for wheelchairs. I think Pacific also made a real nice vehicle. Not sure if these are 2 or 4 wheeled. A 2 wheeled vehicle put a LOT of pressure on equine stomach/girth area/harness while chair is entering, since the single axle is the pivot point. 4 wheels stay balanced on the two axles as chair goes up the rear ramp, no girth area weight pressure. I have seen a couple wheelchair vehicles advertised, not sure if they sold.

        Asking other therapeutic centers could produce maker names they like or to avoid. They do take a "sturdy" animal to pull them with chair (often electric) weight in some deep footed arenas. Lots of drag on the wheels. Haflingers, Fjords, draft cross animals seem quite popular in therapy driving.


        • Original Poster

          my guy is a 14hh, stocky-as-the-day-is-long morganXhaflinger. The arena is actually lovely footing for our current cart with its large wheels, but it's not at all an accessible vehicle. My trainer feels he is more than up to the task as we tend to have to have at least 2 people in our current cart to make him actually have to WORK, haha. Dang tank of a pony!

          I'll look for some programs here in north america who offer therapeutic driving and see what they suggest. Nobody in BC seems to offer it at the moment that I can find.

          The majority of the therapy string are fjords, some with prior driving experience as well, in the 14 to 15hh range, so when I am healed from my surgery this past week, I'll be seeing what the ones with driving training remember and see if they can be used as well or how much of a tune up they'll need.

          I wonder if blocking under the rear of the cart would help take pressure off the horse when entering/exiting a 2 wheeler? Just thinking out loud, really. I'll keep it in mind, thanks goodhors!
          Curious about Trans* issues? Feel free to ask!
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            Here are some links that might help: http://usdfd.org/driving-help/carriages-and-carts/
            Hidden Echo Farm, Carlisle, PA -- home of JC palomino sire Canadian Kid (1990 - 2013) & AQHA sire Lark's Favorite, son of Rugged Lark.


            • #7
              Wow, that is a very helpful link! Shows a variety of vehicles by numerous makers along with details. There might be something used to be found thru the USDFD site if you ask them.


              • #8
                IME the best way to go is to modify the seat of a 4 wheel carriage to accommodate the disabled driver. My husband navigated for an Advanced CDE paradriver for quite a few years and built a seat for another paradriver from scratch. It's a bit of fiddling and fabrication, but I believer it's really the best way. When the seat is built from scratch you can have the 5 point racing (from race car) securely mounted and the driver is really secure. USDFD and Diane Kastama will be a wealth of information for you. Good luck!


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                    And there is one for sale on ebay.

                    The height of the wheels is 33" and the height of the shafts parallel to the ground is about 33". The width between the singletree is 24" and also 24" at narrowest between shafts. I used this with a 15 hand arab cross and a 15.1 hand morgan cross. | eBay!


                    • #11
                      Bennington makes some great handicapped/limited mobility carriages.


                      I've got one of their Fun Bugs...great carriage and very easy riding. Their wheelchair version has a built in ramp so the chair can roll on up and be locked in...it also has a seat(s) on the side over the wheels so support is there. Beautifully made carriages, and light too!
                      "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"