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Taken July 12/09 at the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull, heavyweight division. This was the largest team at 5,026 pounds and they pulled 13,100 pounds of dead weight on that sled at the end , which was a new Record Pull!
These lovely Belgians used their sheer size and will to overcome the shortcomings of not being very synchronized and also having a rookie driver. They consistently missed the hook and had to go around and attempt to re-connect. But, in the end, these big brutes pulled it all off.
These horses are bred for this work with strong necks, heavy haunches and huge hooves. They wear specially cleated horseshoes and can throw up a lot of dirt when they dig in.
Congrats to the winner!

Below I have added the video of the 2010 winner. With a new record of 13,200 pounds, he also won with brute strength and little synchronization or grace, but he is a qualified and experienced driver who made it look easy. These two monsters could have pulled a lot more weight yet, especially if they ever learned to pull in unison,

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  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    Heavy Horses
    By jethro tull

    Iron-clad feather-feet pounding the dust
    On october’s day, towards evening
    Sweat embossed veins standing proud to the plough
    Salt on a deep chest, seasoning
    Last of the line at an honest day’s toil
    Turning the deep sod under
    Flint at the fetlock, chasing the bone
    Flies at the nostrils plunder.

    The suffolk, the clydesdale, the percheron vie
    With the shire on his feathers floating
    Hauling soft timber into the dusk
    To bed on a warm straw coating.

    Heavy horses, move the land under me
    Behind the plough gliding - slipping and sliding free
    Now you’re down to the few
    And there’s no work to do
    The tractor’s on its way.

    Let me find you a filly for your proud stallion seed
    To keep the old line going.
    And we’ll stand you abreast at the back of the woods
    Behind the young trees growing
    To hide you from eyes that mock at your girth,
    You’re eighteen hands at the shoulder

    And one day when the oil barons have all dripped dry
    And the nights are seen to draw colder
    They’ll beg for your strength, your gentle power
    Your noble grace and your bearing
    And you’ll strain once again to the sound of the gulls
    In the wake of the deep plough, sharing.

    Standing like tanks on the brow of the hill
    Up into the cold wind facing
    In stiff battle harness, chained to the world
    Against the low sun racing
    Bring me a wheel of oaken wood
    A rein of polished leather
    A heavy horse and a tumbling sky
    Brewing heavy weather.

    Bring a song for the evening
    Clean brass to flash the dawn
    Across these acres glistening
    Like dew on a carpet lawn
    In these dark towns folk lie sleeping
    As the heavy horses thunder by
    To wake the dying city
    With the living horseman’s cry

    At once the old hands quicken -
    Bring pick and wisp and curry comb -
    Thrill to the sound of all
    The heavy horses coming home.

    Iron-clad feather-feet pounding the dust
    On october’s day, towards evening
    Sweat embossed veins standing proud to the plough
    Salt on a deep chest, seasoning
    Bring me a wheel of oaken wood
    A rein of polished leather
    A heavy horse and a tumbling sky
    Brewing heavy weather.

    Heavy horses, move the land under me
    Behind the plough gliding - slipping and sliding free
    Now you’re down to the few
    And there’s no work to do
    The tractor’s on its way.

  • THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!
    You have definitely brought a tear to my eye with this wonderful verse.
    Cheers, Al

    – Al Bourassa

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    beautiful catch

  • Aciu, thank you, merci!

    – Al Bourassa

  • flame7
    flame7over 5 years ago

    Powerful beasts!!! Great capture!

  • This team was a set of brutes, the George Foreman’s of this competition, who won on strength alone.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago
    I feel bad for the horses pulling all that weight lol .. great shot
  • These horses are great athletes and built for this work. The quest id to pull the sled 14 feet. When they struggle, they are simply unhitched and they are done. Nobody wants to see these beautiful specimens injured.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 5 years ago

    great catch

  • I apreciate this Sean.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Amazing shot, Al. I really like the Ian Anderson song – Heavy Horses – and think it fits the theme well. (Still have the album on vinyl!)

  • I appreciate this very much Mike. I don’t think I have ever heard the song.

    – Al Bourassa

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