rollerbolts, eveners, splinterbars etc..?
I've recently done a lot of reading about different ways to attach horses to poles. Something I'd never heard of before were roller bolts. I cannot get a good photo of them anywhere, (but I see them on the video of HRH posted here). How to they work?
Also, which would be the best set up for a pair of drafts put to a 20 person people mover? Right now we have a typical draft type evener with a drop pole and evener but with a Mr. Eager and a Mr. Slowpoke, I'm wondering if there's a better set up. In theory, this sounds the best, but Mr Eager is usually a neck in front of Mr. Slowpoke and no matter how much you try to speed up Mr. Slowpoke, Mr. Eager just stays out front. So much so that Mr. Slowpokes side of the even hits the vehicle. Mr. Eager is is working soo hard and Slowpoke is just dumb-dee-dumbing along.
No matter if we use the whip or voice to start Mr. Slowpoke going first. Mr. Eager still starts out so much faster than Mr. Slowpoke. Mr. Eager is a very hot horse and a handfull in single. I've even adjusted the coupling lines to try to hold him back to no avail.
When Mr. Eager starts out so quickly with the evener, it slams the collar onto Mr. Slowpokes neck and we think he may be getting a little sore from this and making him not want to pull as hard which makes Mr pull harder... start harder... slam the collar harder... vicious little circle... He works perfect single though.
I was reading about limited eveners and a few other things. We have a carriage that has shafts and a pole and when I thought about it, the pole has chains on it from the trees to the carriages. We don't use this pole as it's old and wooden and probably not safe, so I can't test it out.
Before I go and put chains on the eveners down to the axle to least keep them even, can someone go over the pros and cons?
Also, I have a set of team lines and even with the coupling reins set as far back as they can there is still no inside contact. Can I just go ahead and pop more holes into the draft line to move the buckle back and actually have contact on the inside horse?