cart

In 1993 we bought a three years old fjorden mare, Katja. The horse was instructed to bear a rider and to draw a carriage. We found an old farm cart, I made a driving box and seats that could be transformed to a bed, an acquaintance constructed iron arches over the cart between the two sides and a sail-maker sewed the most expensive part, the canvas hood. In 1994 we spent the holiday by wandering around with horse and cart. This appeared to be so successful that it had to be repeated, initially for all of us, then for a smaller group. A few years later Sofie, the youngest, took over the tradition. Quite often, Katja's companion, a somewhat nervous Welsh mare, joined the party. The first time, she was used as a riding horse for the children. Thereafter, she drew a smaller cart with one or two children. That small carriage tagged after the larger one.

In the mean time the old cart has been sold, but only after Sofie built her own one. During a short period she even used it as her dwelling. Katja is now more than twenty years old, but extremely vital. The small cart is stored in the barn. Perhaps Katja's new companion, the young Shetland mare Dunja, will draw it at some time.

 

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