5 facts ABOUT HORSE PULLS
Two draft horses pulling together cannot pull twice as much as one. They can actually pull three times as much. The two draft horses that can each pull 8,000 pounds alone can pull 24,000 pounds working together.
Horse pulling is a draft horse competition where horses in harness, usually one or two animals, pull a stone-boat or weighted sled and the winner is the team or animal that can pull the most weight for a short distance. There are different weight classes and strict rules to avoid animal cruelty.
So just how strong are horses? It’s impossible to pin down a horse’s strength exactly, but some large horse breeds have been known to pull up to three times their own weight. That means they might pull up to 2,500 pounds or more.
The Belgian Heavy Draft horse stands between 16.2 and 17 hands (66 and 68 inches, 168 and 173 cm). On average the Belgian grows to weigh slightly over 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds). Most American Belgians are a light chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail.
The most common horses to see in the pulling ring are Belgians, which are typically chestnut with flaxen manes and tails and occasionally roan as well. Percherons are less common but also seen in the United States.