[Bob in a jogger ]

Bob in a jogger

[Jerry in a Helmuth Rehwinkel Jogger. A lovely little cart, but dangerous bicycle wheels ]

Jerry in a Helmuth Rehwinkel Jogger. A lovely little cart, but dangerous bicycle wheels

[Jerry in a motorbike wheeled jogger ]

Jerry in a motorbike wheeled jogger

[Flynn in an Eddie dobbin vehicle ]

Flynn in an Eddie dobbin vehicle

[Bob in a steel wheeled sulky ]

Bob in a steel wheeled sulky

[Another Eddie Dobbin Vehicle ]

Another Eddie Dobbin Vehicle

[And yet another Eddie Dobbin Vehicle ]

And yet another Eddie Dobbin Vehicle

Past Vehicles

I've had the opportunity to own several vehicles, and although most of those have been sold on each one has had it's advantages.

I started out with motorbike wheeled joggers, which although tough on both horse and human spines, make for good rugged vehicles.

As I mainly drive small ponies I'm going to have a say on the 'flat pack' vehicles that are coming out of china at the moment. Most of them are set on bicycle wheels.

Now a bicycle wheel is structured to be super lightweight. If you imagine a bike wheel - the central hub of the wheel is actually held in place by the spokes at the top of the wheel, the hub is hanging. The other spokes keep the rim of the wheel in place and stop it from collapsing. It's almost like cables, a real design marvel.

Now that's all well and good if you have a two wheeled bike going along, as you use the front wheel to turn and the back wheel follows suit. Same for a Viceroy, front wheels turn, back wheels follow. But once you get a two wheeled vehicle going around a corner you then get lateral forces (think of how a fast car skids when going around a corner). The bicycle wheels was not designed for these forces, you push the whole system out of balance, and then the rims collapse.

So if you are going for a 'bush basher' get motorcycle wheels or car wheels.

I'll also use this blog to promote Eddie Dobbin's vehicles. He makes tiny little sulkies built to fit mini horses. As one stage I had three of these vehicles, and regret selling every one. They are perfectly balanced, and an incredibly comfortable ride.

Posted by Amanda on February 18, 2014 05:42 PM