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To transport reindeer, saddle, carpet, net and other accessories used by a rider, Michel Paquinet transformed a devil into a very practical support!

A trolley for saddle

Difficulty: 2/4
Cost: about 100 € (devil included and iron bought by weight)
Time: 2 to 3 days
Equipment: meter, angle iron, corner vices, locksmith tools (vise, scribing tip, wrenches, files, drill bits, locking tongs...), bench or column drill, hacksaw or grinder Ø 125 mm, soldering to the bow...

A rolling stand is the best solution for carrying riding equipment, which is usually bulky and heavy. Four wheels are not indispensable: an ordinary devil suffices to serve as a basis for an ingenious adaptation. Our reader chose an inflatable tire model with a fully welded tubular frame.

Removable transformations

The amounts of the devil recovered are joined by a fixed shovel and four concave ties in flat iron. In addition there is a central reinforcement welded in the height. The transformations imagined by Michel Paquinet are designed as removable additions: upper cradle, lower shelf and net-pockets. The only equipment remaining attached to the chassis is the saddle carrier. Articulated in the lower part between two parallel tubes, welded to the uprights, it pivots upwards, increasing the useful length of the chassis. These two tubes also serve as supports for the crutches of the upper cradle and the reinforcement of the pocket-tray net.

Extended handles

Independent of other equipment, the reinforced lower shelf fits behind the wheel guards to rest on the shovel. In its new configuration, the whole remained a little tricky to maneuver, especially because of the storage compartment. Problem solved by extending the handles using two sections of tubes. Cut at an angle and welded in front of each other, they are placed on the original handles.

A saddle cart for riding: riding

Hollow tubes are welded on each arm of the devil. These tubes serve as support for the saddle carrier, hinged at the bottom and made from curved round iron then welded.

A saddle cart for riding: iron

Rabattu, the saddle holder is used to support the future saddle. The next step is to lengthen the handles: two slightly curved round tubes are fitted on the handles of the devil and welded.

A saddle cart for riding: cart

The upper cradle is composed of four hoops welded on square tube brackets. These gallows engage without forcing in their supports, previously welded on the devil.

A saddle cart for riding: cart

The lower shelf is made with recessed cable trays and assembled by pop rivets. The assembly is then welded to a flat iron frame and supported by two tubes and shrouds.

A saddle cart for riding: riding

After grinding the welds, the whole is painted with two coats of paint. Ultimate finish, our player has even added a horse head silhouette painted with stencil...



AT 3 m round iron Ø 10 mm
B 3 m round iron Ø 8 mm
C 1 m square tube of 20 x 20 mm
D 1 m square tube 25 x 25 mm
E 6 m round iron Ø 12 mm
F 2 m of flat iron of 20 x 2 mm
G Approximately 1 m of cable tray, width 300 mm
H 1 m round tube of diameter immediately greater than that of the handles
• Fish net
• Blind rivets (pop) in stainless steel Ø 4 x 10 or 4.8 x 12 mm
• Caps for tubes of 20 x 20 mm
• Paint for aerosol metals

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