Hi all, I've had a team of Belgians for 15 years, until one unfortunately died last winter. Many years ago I started them out on a stoneboat/work sled until we (all) graduated to wheeled vehicles. The stoneboad was pretty much used up going up and down the road, and what was left pretty much disintegrated in the weather. I just purchased a new pair of young Spotted Drafts, beautiful girls, very good disposition, and after ground driving the first thing I will hook them to is a new stoneboat I will build. MY QUESTION: My old stoneboat didn't have a tongue, we learned how to deal with the tongue on my wheeled vehicles, looking on the Internet I see that many people have a tongue on their sleds, is there any advantage? I think when learning to pull something, the simpler the better, so I just hook the evener to the sled. Am I missing a good training opportunity? Is there a physical advantage to having a tongue on the stoneboat? Thanks in advance. <br /><br />
P.S. Any pictures of YOUR stoneboat/work sled would be appreciated for design ideas!