Thursday, July 19, 2012

Horse and Pony Pull!


You will hear the beat of the horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew the old lost road through the woods—
But there is no road through the woods!
             Rudyard Kipling



This is truly the photo of elite athletes at the height of the competition The Pony Pull. Look at that determination to win.

After spending an evening at The Tractor Pull at the County Fair I was not so sure I would enjoy The Horse Pull. I thought I would be bored silly. I was wrong.

The first thing I noticed when we drove up to the grounds was numerous trucks with horse trailers parked everywhere. I could see horses tied behind the trailers with buckets of water close by. It was an extremely hot day. I could not wait to jump out of the truck and go and get acquainted with the horses and see what this Horse and Pony Pull was all about.


Long before there were huge four wheel drive trucks and gigantic four wheel drive tractors there were Draft Horses, horses that knew only how to work and they worked hard. They pulled the plows, they pulled the stone boats through the fields, and they pulled the harvesting and haying wagons. They pulled the logs from the bush to the clearing where the houses and barns were to be built. They pulled the cutter or the wagon to town with the family that loved and took good care of them riding in the back. They were an extremely important part of this family’s survival.

I walked around admiring these heavy muscled beautiful creatures. They were all dressed in fancy leather harnesses and shiny buckles and balls. There were the buckskin coloured Belgians and the Black Percheron horses. I did not see any of the Clydesdales with the feathered legs I have always heard about. They were so tall, with big feet and massive heads. I was immediately smitten with such beauty and obvious strength.


I met some of their handlers and was surprised to talk to a woman who loved doing this; her husband also had a team entered. It would be interesting to see who won.  I could imagine the competition talk going on in their house.

Each team consisting of two horses and one handler would have to pull a sled of stone weights and see who pulled the longest distance. After every team had a turn more weights would be added. I loved watching the anxious horses jumping with anticipation to pull the sled; they were hopping as another person would try to drop the hook into the draw bar of the sled. It sometimes took a number of times as the horses were so excited and jumped ahead to early. I compared that to a sprinter jumping the gun at a race in anticipation.


Once the pin was dropped and the sled was hooked the horses instantly started to pull I marvelled at the power in their well-muscled thighs.  They looked so beautiful. They pulled till they could not pull anymore and the whistle was blown. Did you know that most draft horses can pull more than three times their weight? Belgians and Perchons can weigh 1500 lbs.


I thoroughly enjoyed watching these magnificent beautiful horses do their thing. If you ever get the chance to go to a Horse Pull do go you will not be disappointed I know I wasn’t. They are truly a marvel to watch.

Rural Thursday Blog Hop

Thank you to our hosts Nancy and Lisa.

Later

30 comments:

  1. It's been years since I went to a horse pull...there are a significant number of Amish in the area and they will occasionally enter as well. The horses are gorgeous and awe-inspiring and so I might add Buttons, are your photographs. You truly have a gift and I'm glad you have chosen to share it with us.

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  2. They are fun to watch! My old neighbor used to have 2 Belgians and he would actually plow his garden with them - I loved to watch.

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  3. There is certainly is a lot of strength in those beautiful horses. It must have been a sight to see.
    I also love the big Clydesdale horses they are magnificent looking beasts.

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  4. Oh horses are so loveable ~ great post ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  5. I would enjoy this way more than a tractor pull. These are some mighty beautiful creatures! Great shots.

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  6. I'm in love with draft horses and to see them doing what they do best is a treat, B. Thank you for sharing at RT this week. xo

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  7. I too enjoyed watching horse pulls, until I talked to a local neighbour farmer and he said this is a cruel sport and the horses are frightened by this?

    He has two Belgians himself, but he does not participate in this type of sport.

    Regardless they are beautiful creatures.

    Gill

    P.S. I am back to blogging again

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  8. we adore horses over here - my daughters would not like this though(their tender hears would be so sad for the horses)!

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  9. I'm really enjoying my tour of the rural blogs! Wonderful photos!!

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  10. I have never been to a horse pull but you have made me want to see if I can find any near me.

    I am a new follower!

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  11. I would have enjoyed seeing this. the horses are beautiful.

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  12. we had several folks in the area where i grew up in wis. that raised the draft horses and competed in pulls. and there were a very few old farmers (at the time) that still farmed with them then. i marveled at that.

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  13. I've never seen a horse pull. They are magnificent creatures!

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  14. Awsome pictures,B!
    Wow...horse power
    Auntie M

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  15. Horses are such pretty animals!!!

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  16. It has been a long time since I've seen a "Horse Pull" event, but they're so much fun to watch! Horses in general are such strong animals. You got great photos!

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  17. do horses enjoy this 'horse pull' as much as the spectators? sorry, can't help but feel for them straining in the heat for human entertainment...

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  18. We have tractor pulls here. Wish they'd use horses. Looks like a lot more fun!

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  19. Beautiful photos. I love the power and beauty of horses. Greetings.

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  20. In years long past I loved watching the horses..now the heat at Fair time..keeps me from going to enjoy..
    ~~Peace~~

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  21. Great shots. I love to watch the Amish farmers working with those magnificent Belgian draft horses.

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  22. I've never been to a horse pull, but just love horses. I think I would really enjoy this event!

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  23. wow, that is neat. i guess horses can be competitive just like people! i love to watch them in action.

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  24. I love draft horses and really enjoy seeing them work! We don't have horse pulls where I am but one of our friends has a couple of draft horses and he uses them to plow with! :)

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  25. How fun a horse pull sounds. So cool you got to talk to some to the handlers.

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  26. now those are some majestic creatures! my husband's uncle still uses horses in the field. and gives sleigh rides at christmas! they're simply beautiful. as are your photos! thanks for sharing!

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  27. I live on a ranch too, but don't have the tough job of caring for the horses or cattle. Its a ranch for troubled teenaged boys. They care for and learn to ride the horses as part of their therapy! Horses really are magnificent creatures. Its amazing how these horses get into the hearts of these young men. After a month or so, you'll see even the city boys wearing cowboy boots!

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  28. i've never been to a horse pull...but i imagine it would be amazing to watch. they are such powerful & beautiful creatures.
    i love the look of the Clydesdales!

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  29. I have never been to a horse pull...but now I want to see one for myself. :)

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  30. I really loved reading about the horse pull B, and especially seeing your photos :D)

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