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adventures in a cape cart

In the spring of 2008 i ordered a Cape Cart made from a design found in a book published over 100 years ago. I believe that the this Cape Cart made by Carriage Machine Shop in Bird-in-Hand, PA is the only one of its kind in the United States. The cart along with its unique Cape Harness enabled the South Africans to travel cross-country at speed with pairs and 4-in-hands of horses and mules safely
new cape-type cart under construction at carriage machine shop - converts from shafts to pole
new cape-type cart under construction at carriage machine shop - converts from shafts to pole
new cape cart hitched to morgan/perch-stephen stoltzfus whip
new cape cart hitched to morgan/perch-stephen stoltzfus whip
new cape cart hitched to morgan/perch-stephen stoltzfus whip
new cape cart hitched to morgan/perch-stephen stoltzfus whip
new cape cart hitched to morgan/perch-stephen stoltzfus whip
new cape cart hitched to morgan/perch-stephen stoltzfus whip
new cape cart hitched to morgan/perch-stephen stoltzfus whip
new cape cart hitched to morgan/perch-stephen stoltzfus whip
agnes just putting up with life - side view of the yoke
agnes just putting up with life - side view of the yoke
front view of yoke set-up.  the yoke pole is over the pole, under the pole straps and hung from both mule's necks
front view of yoke set-up. the yoke pole is over the pole, under the pole straps and hung from both mule's necks
pole end and yoke center wrapped prior to have leather wraps made
pole end and yoke center wrapped prior to have leather wraps made
whip's eye view
whip's eye view
jeff's driveway going towards the dressage arena!
jeff's driveway going towards the dressage arena!
undercarriage
undercarriage
working well together
working well together
the very best way to exercise 2 jack russell terrorists
the very best way to exercise 2 jack russell terrorists
front view of yoke
front view of yoke
springs etc
springs etc
cape cart-6.jpg
cape cart-6.jpg
Nice!
Nice!
yoke
yoke
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cape cart-9.jpg
Neal Keach having a grand time as a groom
Neal Keach having a grand time as a groom
Neal in his new cap
Neal in his new cap
Neal
Neal
nice!
nice!
really nice!
really nice!
big steps...
big steps...
they move nicely together
they move nicely together
together again
together again
going home
going home
cross country errands
cross country errands
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