A cart is a vehicle designed for transport , using two wheels and normally pulled by one or a pair of draught animals . A handcart is pulled or pushed by one or more people . It is different from a dray or wagon, which is a heavy transport vehicle with four wheels and typically two or more horses , or a carriage , which is used exclusively for transporting humans.
Over time , the term "cart" has come to mean nearly any small conveyance, from shopping carts to golf carts or UTVs, without regard to number of wheels, load carried, or means of propulsion.
The draught animals used for carts may be horses or ponies, mules, oxen, water buffalo or donkeys, or even smaller animals such as goats or large dogs.