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Kate Hollett
Posted on Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 - 10:49 pm:   

Thank you Liz, yes my general idea is to have a go at IHDT eventually so I believe I would need 125cm width. I am still keeping an open mind on Bellcrown so thank you very much for your info.

Kate
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Liz Howe
Posted on Monday, 5 October, 2009 - 1:09 pm:   

I have a Bellcrown Minicrown (similar to the Shetlander but a bit smaller) and I love it, it is well made, robust and very comfortable to drive, especially for tall adults (I'm 5'9" tall), lots of leg room!

The only thing I dislike is the swan neck shafts, it is easy for a Shetland pony to get a hind leg over them as they are about hock height when fitting into the carriage. I have had my carriage adapted to use higher, straighter shafts.

One other thing you may want to consider is the width, I believe the Shetlander is 120cm wide - this is 5cm too narrow for I.H.D.T (if that is where your interests lie?)

I have driven my 2 year old Minicrown on sand, grass, tarmac and rubber, my pony is 34" high and he pulls it a treat. Balancing the carriage is quite easy, also I can dismantle it to fit in the boot of a Nissan Quashqoi.

I believe Bellcrown carriages will be quite sought after in the UK as the company no longer trade here and carriage from USA is very expensive.
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Kate Hollett
Posted on Sunday, 4 October, 2009 - 4:05 pm:   

Have been advised to look for a Bellcrown Shetlander for my first driving pony BUT there seems to be a lot of conflicting evidence for and against them, does anyone have any experience/opinion of them ? Such as are they heavy, are the older ones a b*** to balance, do the shafts and other bits fall off. Sorry to keep on, but I really want to get it right. Kate

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