A horsepower is a measure of work, expressed in "You lift so many pounds so many feet in so much time" 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute.
And they were elderly.
I didn't drive them.
I guarantee two broke-to-work Belgians (or other draft breed) could have pulled it out.
Without breaking a sweat.
Then they took a steam engine, and they got up all the steam they could without exploding,
If you're not doing that much work, you're not generating / consuming that much power.
It is a measure of work over time.
But you're not lifting those couple tons ⬆️upward, you're rolling it on wheels.
The Bloviated Rocket Express swerving silently through the streets of the empty city on the TV ads is probably producing about - I don't know, maybe 80 horsepower...
And the guy said, "Really?" And I said,
"Yup. Hay burns hotter than gasoline."
One of my old mares weighed about two, two-and-a-half Abes. I bet four to five Abes could
The biggest problem I had with my Belgians, in the long run, was I didn't have enough work for them.
I plowed small patches, disked them. I used the horses to mow hay, to rake it, and to haul it. I had a tractor to bale it.
That's the advantage, to me, of "just a donkey."
Remember they might pull a semi trailer truck in these clothes.
I bought my mares from Amish people. I was the mares' retirement plan.
First you get down the collars and put them on.
The girls are just standing in the barn, they don't have to be tied. Collars go big end down, buckle behind the neck.
You hang them up big end up, to reduce sagging, and the horse wears big end down.
The hame in the right hand goes on the far side of the collar.
There's a limit to how high up in the air you want to heave that
Amanda wore a 24" collar, Sherry a 25". IIRC.
Come spring / summer he's going to get to haul square bales too, eight or ten to the load. I haven't told him yet.
But - it's easy. He's little. His stuff is light.
That was thirty years ago.
Eight or ten bales at a trip. Maybe 40 to 50 in a day. Abe doesn't burn as much hay as Amanda and Sherry did.
And you can grow their fuel.
Weight x distance x time.