Thanks guys.. from left to rt are our mares "contrary" Mary and "stampede" Sally, these 2 started our obsession with the haflinger breed. purchased as 8 month old weanlings they have been with us for their entire 18 year lives. moving rt we have "the rangers" capn's Augustus Mcrae and Woodrow F Call. we got the boys 3 years ago from a lady that purchased them at an Amish auction in ohio only to realize she was in way over her head. thankfully she came to that realization before she or the boys were injured.
quite versatile, they drive, ride (Mary excepted) and will pack a sawbuck on a day trip.
I'm sure there are pros and cons to 4 abreast vs 4 up but I am not aware of the particulars. I do believe the 4 abreast best suited to working wide open land where the 4 up would better suit to livery. we do intend to build a 4 up as well and become proficient with both. experience is priceless.
A place for each, and each in it's place. Man, that's a lot of straps and buckles to get right. But they sure look good standing there. I don't suppose you've got a youtube video of them from the wagon seat view do you?