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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.

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