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    How does one determine how the winner of the 3426 & Over Overweight 27 1/2 Foot Sled pull was figured out. What was the math used to determine the winner?

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM
Firstly, it isn't a percentage, but overweight. The rounds are set at, for example, 3000 pounds over the weight of the team. So if a team weighs 3600 it will pull 6600 on that round and if a team weighs 4400 it will pull 7400 on that round. Furthest distance in the final round determines the winner. Look at the results and do the math (subtract the weight of the team from the weight pulled to see how much overweight the round was, when the difference drops, you are now looking at the previous round)

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 12:37 AM
Overall, overweight is the most fair of all the types of pulling. It is limited since it has to be done on a sled and can't be done on a machine. It is actually pretty simple once you get used to it and it gives the guy who can't afford to buy an expensive lightweight or expensive heavyweight horse an opportunity to show what his horse can do.

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 11:13 AM
I personally prefer overweight because it really decreases the urge to gaunt horses down and as a result is better on the horses. You are only gaining an extra couple blocks by the longer gaunt and it doesn't take much to lose that much power.

Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 08:32 AM

That sounds great. I just haven't been to an overweight pull on a machine. I just thought it would be too time cosuming changing the weight that frequently and I hadn't been to a pull where they could add weight in 50# increments. Nice to know that it is possible. Thanks, JoJo

Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 12:35 PM
I agree that overweight pulls are currently the best way currently to even out weight differences. The only thing wrong is the assumption that the weight difference is all muscle. On a sled it works out O.K. since the blocks usually only actually weigh about 35#.

Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 10:29 PM
Actually, when we purchase blocks to be used for an overweight pull, we have them weigh the various types of blocks and purchase the ones that weigh 50 pounds or as close to this weight as possible. Usually, we end up buying a solid block or an "FHA" block to obtain this weight. Since an overweight pull is based on a 50# split, this makes is as fair as possible for everyone.

Friday, February 20, 2009 at 09:37 AM
I have a question. Why is the overweight pull thought to be the best way to pull? For example, you have two pair of horses. For an example, both pair are the same size. One pair is fed up and as fat as you can get them, the other is worked down for the lights or overweight. Doesn't this give the team that is worked down in weight an advantage? The fat horse has to pull more even though it is really the same size.

Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 02:07 PM
The machine can be set as fast as any boat pull or faster,

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