The Hooker

Al Bourassa

Cuenca, Ecuador

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Taken July 12/09 at the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull, heavyweight division.
One man drives the horses while a second man, the hooker, carries the rear hitching apparatus of the harness. The driver maneuvers the horses in an arc to the front of the sled, stops them, then backs them up just enough so the hooker can drop the hook into the hole at the end of the sled. This is a very precise maneuver, much like trying to line up a trailer hitch to a vehicle, except you are dealing with live animals anxious to get to the job of pulling. The hooker’s timing must be impeccable and the driver must exercise great control or they must repeat the process. I imagine the weight of the apparatus doesn’t make hooking a fun job. Each team will do this approximately 10-12 times during the competition.

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