While few loggers use horses to haul timber these days, there is plenty of enthusiasm for Horse Pulling competitions at “The Big E”. Displaying their amazing strength, teamsters and their horses vie against each other in three Horse Pulling Competitions each year.
The teams pull a stone boat or sled weighing about 500 pounds loaded with additional weights. (The sled weight is not included in the weight pulled.) In the first round, the sled carries 3,000 pounds with 1,000 pounds added per round through the fifth round. Thereafter, increments are 500 pounds per round. Teams are allowed as much as five minutes to make up to three tries, or hitches, with a measurable forward distance. Their best distance is entered for that round. To advance to the next round, teams must have pulled the sled at least 12 feet forward in one continuous motion. [more]