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HITCHING TO CARTS

CHEAP, EASY AND KIND TO DONKEYS

Hitching to a single-shaft cart

What you will need:

Item

Description

Quantity

Cart

One shaft, at least 2m long from front of loadbed

Two hitching points (hooks or rings):

1.       above shaft, at front end,

2.       pulling point under shaft just in front of loadbed.

Wheels as large as possible

Tyres pneumatic as possible

Springs if possible

1

Donkeys

In good condition, especially their legs and feet

Deep chests

2

Harnesses

or

No sharp cutting edges or wire.

Must fit the donkey wearing it, so preferably adjustable

Various materials possible, but must be:

§         strong

§         easy to clean

§         preferably absorbent

(Design available on request)

4

Swingle and evener sets

Made of light, strong, rigid material (metal or wood)

Each swingle connected to evener by two chain links

Swingles long enough so that traces move clear of donkey body

2

Traces

Preferably chains, 4mm

Each 2m maximum

4

Hooks

Strong carbon steel (to take force)

S-shaped can link traces to swingles, if not fixed, and eveners to cart, if not fixed.

C-shaped, if not already fixed to harnesses, to link harnesses to traces

(as required)

Fitting it all together, step by step

 

 

What it looks like

1

(a)     Hook swingle sets to front and back hooks on cart

(b)     Fix traces/chains between swingles, keeping them straight and tight

From top:

(NB These can stay in place permanently)

2

Put two harnesses on each donkey, one for chest and one for backside

3

With end of disselboom/shaft on the ground, put donkeys into position between the traces, clear of front and back swingles

(when donkeys are accustomed, they do this on voice command)

4

On both sides of each donkey (easy to lean over):

Pull up traces to hook tight to harnesses:

§         Front harness hooks to back

§         Back harness hooks to front

(This is a little easier if someone lifts the disselboom/shaft)

Slack chain remains between the hooks

5

Stand back and check:

§         Disselboom/shaft far enough from ground at front  (if not, then tighten traces more with hooks)

§         Donkey front and back far enough from swingles so no contact when moving (if not, unhook and reposition donkey, then re-hook)

6

Donkey comfort and efficiency assured.

 

EVEN CHEAPER, EASIER AND KINDER TO DONKEYS

Hitching to a two-shaft cart

What you will need:

Item

Description

Quantity

Cart

Two shafts, at least 1,50m long from front of loadbed

Two hitching points (large staples or D-shackles), opposite one another, one on each shaft, 1 m from front of loadbed.

Wheels as large as possible

Tyres pneumatic if possible

Springs if possible

1

Donkey

In good condition, especially legs and feet

Deep chest

1

Wide straps

About 50 mm wide, 1500 mm long

No sharp cutting edges or wire.

Must fit the donkey wearing it, so preferably adjustable

Various materials possible, but must be:

§         strong

§         easy to clean

§         preferably absorbent

3

Fitting it all together, step by step

 

 

 

1

 

Using donkey as measurement, fit straps across shafts:

1.       Around donkey’s chest

2.       Under donkey’s tail

3.       Over donkey’s back.

Attach to staples/shackles firmly, all projections away from donkey body.

If different donkeys to be used at different times, then each strap should be adjustable, preferably by buckle

(NB These can stay in place permanently)

2

1.       With shafts lifted, get donkey into place.

2.       Lower harness over donkey, sliding front strap over head, and back strap under tail.

3

Stand back and check:

§         Are shafts level with each other ?

§         Are straps tight enough on donkey ?

§         Is donkey far enough from front of cart not to touch it ?

4

Donkey comfort and efficiency assured.

EXTRA DONKEYS FOR HEAVIER LOADS

Hitching to a single-shaft cart

What you will need:

Item

Description

Quantity

Donkeys

In good condition, especially their legs and feet

Deep chests

2

Harnesses

No sharp cutting edges or wire.

Must fit the donkey wearing it, so preferably adjustable

Various materials possible, but must be:

§         strong

§         easy to clean

§         preferably absorbent

(Design available on request)

2

Swingle and evener sets

Made of light, strong, rigid material (metal or wood)

Each swingle connected to evener by two chain links

Swingles long enough so that traces move clear of donkey body

1

Traces

Preferably chains

Each 2m maximum

4

Hooks

Strong carbon steel (to take force)

S-shaped can link traces to swingles, if not fixed, and eveners to cart, if not fixed.

C-shaped, if not already fixed to harnesses, to link harnesses to traces

(as required)

Fitting it all together, step by step

 

 

 

1

 

(c)     Hook swingle set to front hook on cart

(d)     Fix traces/chains to swingles

2 Put one harnesses on front of each donkey

3 Position each donkey in front of one harnessed behind

(when donkeys are accustomed, they do this on voice command)

4

With disselboom raised (i.e. properly hitched to behind donkeys), hook traces to harnesses on front donkeys so that they are firm and tight.

5

Stand back and check:

§         Disselboom/shaft far enough from ground at front  (if not, then tighten traces more with hooks)

§         Donkeys front and back far enough from swingles so no contact when moving (if not, unhook and reposition donkey, then re-hook)

6

Donkey comfort and efficiency assured.

Hitching to a two-shaft cart

What you will need:

Item

Description

Quantity

Donkey

In good condition, especially legs and feet

Deep chest

1

Harness

No sharp cutting edges or wire.

Must fit the donkey wearing it, so preferably adjustable

Various materials possible, but must be:

§         strong

§         easy to clean

§         preferably absorbent

(Design available on request)

1

Traces

Preferably chains

Each 2m maximum

2

Hooks

Strong carbon steel (to take force)

S-shaped can link traces to swingles, if not fixed, and eveners to cart, if not fixed.

C-shaped, if not already fixed to harnesses, to link harnesses to traces

(as required)

Fitting it all together, step by step

Step

What you do

What it looks like

1

Put harness on front of donkey

2

1.       Position donkey in front of donkey already hitched

2.       Connect traces from harness of front donkey to staples or D-shackles on each shaft of cart

3

Stand back and check:

§         Are shafts level with each other ?

§         Are straps tight enough on donkeys ?

§         Is donkey far enough from front of cart not to touch it ?

4

READY TO GO !

Donkey comfort and efficiency assured.

Adaptations are possible, of course.  Here, an ordinary breastband harness (braided from plastic tying straps) is attached to the brackets of a two-shaft cart, and a sacking strip tied behind to provide the necessary breeching.

source: http://www.cd3wd.com/cd3wd_40/lstock/001/equines/donkeys_development/F%20ApxC%20Hitching%20for%20carts.htm

 

 
 
 

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