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    02-04-2011, 08:39 PM
  #1
Foal
Pulling and driving (distance w/ weight)

Hello everyone.

You'll get to know me real fast.


The scene in question:

One mule pulling a cart driven (riding) by two adults. One man one woman. In the back is a footlocker *full* of thin hardcover books (maybe 50 to 75 pounds) and a bunch of sturdy peasant type medieval furniture- say a table, some chairs, a bed frame, and a chest of drawers (empty).

First, is this way too much for one mule to haul? (I'm starting to think it is) What about two mules? Would that be more realistic?

Now, with the description above how long would it take to travel a decent road at 20 miles and at 50 miles? A few hours? Days? Between that when should the mule or mules rest? Thank you!
     
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    02-04-2011, 10:04 PM
  #2
Foal
Doing a little research.... I came up with about 4 hours for a horse and full wagon to go 20 miles? Does that sound right? Thanks
     
    02-05-2011, 10:17 AM
  #3
Weanling
That sounds right and the weight you,ve described I reckon one mule would fly with it
     
    02-05-2011, 12:51 PM
  #4
Green Broke
What is the weight of the carriage? Weight of people?
     
    02-05-2011, 01:09 PM
  #5
Foal
I was picturing something similar to this: Justin Carriage Works - Western Ranch Wagon
Is this called something other than a ranch wagon? I have a book on the old west when has drawings of a lot of carriages etc.

This looks awfully low to the ground though.

From a height weight chart would estimate the man to be about 180 pounds or so and the woman maybe 115 pounds.

Thanks again. You guys rock
     
    02-06-2011, 01:51 PM
  #6
Weanling
When I,m driving a long distance I spend a lot of time walking at the horses head or walking/driving especially on inclines,hills etc just to help him out and after a long pull uphill I will pull in somewhere for 5 minutes loosen his belly band and just let him get a bit of a rest
     
    02-06-2011, 04:01 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jimmy    
when I,m driving a long distance I spend a lot of time walking at the horses head or walking/driving especially on inclines,hills etc just to help him out and after a long pull uphill I will pull in somewhere for 5 minutes loosen his belly band and just let him get a bit of a rest
Jimmy, If I have a long hill I have to get out and push.
     
    02-06-2011, 06:43 PM
  #8
Foal
I have a 762 lb. 13.3h horse. Went for an almost 22 mile ride, pulling about 375 lb. 4 wheel buggy, husband weighs just under 200, I weigh 121, took us just shy of 4 hours. Did not get out on inclines, used brakes on declines.
Think alot has to do with conditioning of horse/mule also - wether their riden/driven just every now and then or on a regular basis.
     
    02-08-2011, 02:09 PM
  #9
Weanling
I enjoy the walking ,when I,m driving the weight the hoorse is pulling is between three quarters of atonne upwards to a tonne with sometimes a horse or two tied at the back,the journey is 97miles ,going I take my time (maybe a week ] but when the fairs over I do it retun in 3 days
     
    02-08-2011, 02:11 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
Jimmy, If I have a long hill I have to get out and push.
you must be very strong lol
     

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