Now I needed a cart, but couldn’t afford one. I looked at the “saddle chariot” and thought it was wonderful, but way out of my price range, so I built a wooden chariot out of scrap wood.
Spiller took to shafts without any prior preparation.
Unfortunately I fitted the shafts to the height of the harness, which turned out to be incorrect, so another alteration to both harness and shafts was called for.
When it was all fitted it looked OK, but the swingle didn’t have enough movement so was altered to above the front crossbar. I then wanted to move some muck, so fitted a tow ball and attached a small cart that used to be used with a garden tractor.
Unfortunately I haven’t any pictures of the chariot being ridden with a charioteer, but that is great fun. I have even slid it round a right angle corner while Spiller was cantering. That wasn’t entirely intentional, but he has trotted with it for a few miles on rough bridleways.
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