Few loggers use draft horses to haul timber any more. Enthusiastic horse owners and audiences saw powerful horses pulling enormous loads at Horse Pulling competitions like the one held at “The Big E” on September 16, 2013. Displaying Herculean strength, horses and their teamsters pulled a stone sled with ever-increasing weights in three classes.
The teams pulled a stone boat or sled weighing about 500 pounds loaded with additional cement weights. (The sled weight was not counted with the weight pulled.) The sled started with 3,000 pounds and 1,000 pounds were added per round. After a few rounds, increments dropped to 500 pounds per round. Teams got five minutes for up to three hitches. Only their best distance counted. To advance to the next round, each team had to pull the sled at least 12 feet in one continuous motion. [Read more here.]