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So now that you have figured out the science on fitting a collar, the harness and bridle get fit up too. There is an adjustment at the hames for where the draft will set. Just believe that this can get changed periodically too. Even the belly band may be too tight and if a horse does not like that pressure, he will perform differently.

The eveners are another scientific feat. There are holes in the doubltree on each horses side to be able to set a stouter horse in to pull a bit more than his partner and you can change it on every load if you need to. There are also swinging hooks or stiff hooks and without trying a little of everything, the teamster really does not know what his team will pull best with. Trial and error are the best resources. And when they get it all figured out, it's time to go pulling!

All of this is time consuming business and since most horsepullers have a full time job besides their horses, it takes the rest of their day. [horsepulling has never paid enough to make a living on, but wouldn't that be grand? Lord, knows they spend more hours with the horses than at the job!] Yes, some wives complain about them being so busy with the horses, but there are a great number of ladies that know this makes them happy and maybe less grumpy, so they live with it. (Hey, guys, maybe in the winter months when you aren't so busy with your horses, you can do something special for the little woman! Remember Spring is just around the corner!) Then there are some wives that thoroughly enjoy working with the horses themselves at times. They make it to all the pulls, help with the horses, plus take care of the rest of the world when they are home. [That's why they say a woman's work is NEVER done! God Bless you gals!]

Ah, yes, the sport itself brings together good friends and family. To look forward to meeting new faces each pulling season and seeing faces we haven't seen for a while. There are always good friends to mingle with.

If you are a good competitor, you don't mind having several teams drive in for the competition of the day. The more good teams that are at a show, the better the show, the more the public enjoys it and maybe the place putting on the contest will be able to up their prize money for the following year! On the other hand, the few teamsters that don't like competition (really shouldn't be in this sport) just have to be frustrated the rest of the day when other competition rolls in. ALL THE TEAMS make the show. You have to have a first place and you have to have a last place. They are all equally important to each and every contest. Sure, it's a natural fact, the winner of the pull gets all the recognition. But, maybe sponsors of pulls should also be thinking of the other fellows, like the teamster who drove the furthest to compete, the best hitched team, horsemanship (if you have a judge who knows what to look for) or pull some numbers out of a hat. That way everyone can be involved.

The teamster that has won most every pull he has gone to, only has one thing to look forward to at a contest. If he doesn't stay on top, there is only one way for him to go and that is down. So you see a constant winner doesn't have as much to look forward to at a pull as much as someone with mediocre horses that are up some days and down on other days. This would seem a bit more fun to not expect a win each time you go out.




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