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    11-20-2008, 07:46 PM
  #11
Weanling
Horse pulls can be fun to watch but there is a lot more behind them than the general public can see. Most of the horses are trained to bolt as soon as they hear the hook on the tree hit the boat. I have a friend whose father has had pulling horses his whole life. The horses he has are trained with barbed wire whips and many nasty devices to get that super fast take off that you see when they are pulling. Those horses are not horses that you would want to plow a field with or take for a sunday drive.
     
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    11-21-2008, 12:37 AM
  #12
Weanling
Barbed wire whips are you serious????????????????????????????????/
     
    11-21-2008, 01:13 AM
  #13
Showing
Although that is not the norm, yes it does happen. As it does with any discipline.
     
    11-21-2008, 12:45 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I remember this one old farmer who would take his team to pulls...most people have their horses "jump" into it....not this guy

He'd hook them up, the horses would look like they were about to fall asleep, and the farmer would call on them - "Get up Joe - Get up John", and the two would methodically walk forward and hard into the collar.

Even though they didn't have the speed/jolts the other horses did, they always pulled more weight, and they pulled it farther
     
    11-21-2008, 03:01 PM
  #15
Weanling
I think i'd like seeing that old style better KickShaw, I did enjoy seeing them pull at the fair-but the wholepoint of the thing??? Is they are work horses and like mentioned above any horse pulling a wagon or a plow or what ever is not going to slam into the harness. In Oregon there are people still logging with horses-those guys are really something to watch and it isnt sport.
     
    11-22-2008, 12:07 AM
  #16
Started
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Originally Posted by kickshaw    
i remember this one old farmer who would take his team to pulls...most people have their horses "jump" into it....not this guy

He'd hook them up, the horses would look like they were about to fall asleep, and the farmer would call on them - "Get up Joe - Get up John", and the two would methodically walk forward and hard into the collar.
Haha, that is funny.
     
    12-07-2008, 12:36 PM
  #17
Foal
I helped train a belgian team for the horse pulls. They ran wagon rides most of the year, but when training time came, their shoes got changed and the cement tire came out. They loved it. Jerry was a total bum, but Ben lived for it, he'd nip Jerry to make him help and they'd hit whatever weight you asked them.
The reason they drop the trace chain onto the weight so fast is because a good horse will hit it the moment it hears the clink. We had to watch Ben, he'd had a previous owner let a partner go down on him and had crossed the finish line on his knees. The horse refused to quit. He was an awesome horse.
     
    12-07-2008, 12:55 PM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by kickshaw    
i remember this one old farmer who would take his team to pulls...most people have their horses "jump" into it....not this guy

He'd hook them up, the horses would look like they were about to fall asleep, and the farmer would call on them - "Get up Joe - Get up John", and the two would methodically walk forward and hard into the collar.

Even though they didn't have the speed/jolts the other horses did, they always pulled more weight, and they pulled it farther

Same thing with the one we saw! There were 6 or 7 teams and there was one that would just fall asleep while they were being hooked up and the others you could barely hook up and they'd be off..Well, actually once they took off before they were loaded..but yes. The calm ones are the ones that came in first! That was cool.
     
    02-02-2010, 09:48 PM
  #19
Foal
I have seen a lot of them at the local fair and festival where I live. I sometimes feel bad for them too, but you have to remember that's what they were originally bred for and they are the second strongest mammel in the world after all. (Or something like that.)
     
    02-02-2010, 10:26 PM
  #20
Green Broke

This is a great team.
     

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