According to author Donna Campbell Smith, The Book of Draft Horses: The Gentle Giants That Built the World, in 1924 a pair of Shire draft horses pulled 50 tons (100,000 pounds), which is 20,000 pounds more than the weight of a semi truck. Other sources we found recorded that they pulled only 45 tons.
Horses can generally pull 10% of their weight, in draft, over long distances. 15% of their weight is considered the maximum for long distances. Weight wise, horses can pull 200% of their weight. The difference being that a horse doesn’t have to exert a pound of effort to pull a pound.17 мая 2015 г.
On a well-paved highway, most horses can carry loads that are three times their own horse weight. On a more or less solid dirt road, you can load the carriage on about two horse masses. That is, if your horse weighs 400 kg, then your cart can weigh up to 800 kg (of course, along with the weight of the carriage itself).
But do you know how much weight these massive horses can pull? A Clydesdale can pull between 2,000 and 8,000 pounds.
How Heavy is Too Heavy? One of the most frequently cited recommendations on matching horses and riders comes from the U.S. Cavalry Manual of Horse Management. It recommends that the rider and gear weigh no more than 20 percent of the horse’s weight.
The Belgian or Belgian Draft, French: Trait belge, Dutch: Belgisch Trekpaard, is a Belgian breed of draft horse. It originates from the Brabant region of modern Belgium, and is one of the strongest of the heavy breeds.
The two trained horses in tandem can actually pull 32,000 pounds, which is a load four times as heavy as either of the horses could pull by themselves. The powerful lessons that these magnificent draft horses can teach us involves not only teamwork but coordinated and trained collaboration.
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Based on these results, the study’s authors recommend that horses not be loaded with greater than 20% of their body weight. A 545-kilogram (1200 pound) horse, then would be best off carrying no more than 109 kg (240 lbs) of tack and rider.
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That said, most fit horses could probably pull a wagon around 25 miles at a walk in a day. So for 670 miles that adds up to 26 days to travel that distance.
It takes a horse and carriage an average of 8 to 12 hours to travel 50 miles. At that rate, a horse and carriage can cover 100 to 150 miles in 24 hours, including stops to rest and eat.
Price: Can sell for as little as 1,000, but most Clydesdales will cost between $2,500 and $3,000.