Horse pulling contests are competitions where teams of horses compete to see which team can pull the heaviest weight a measured distance. Teams are divided into different divisions so that similar sized horses compete against each other.
In pulling competitions, two horses are hooked to a sled, and attempt to pull the sled a distance of 10 feet (3 metres), referred to as a ‘full pull’. Each team has three attempts to pull the sled the required distance. If they do not make it a full 10 feet (3 metres), their longest distance is counted as their placement.
In the miniature horse competition, the teams are divided into three divisions based on horse shoulder heights of 34 inch (86 cm), 36 inch (91 cm), and 38 inch (97 cm) ponies.
Kids follow along at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Mini Horse Pull contest to see how it all works in the real world of horses.
Grades 3, 4 & 5
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3.OA.D Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic—up to three digits
4.OA.A.3 Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations
4.NBT.B.5 Multiply 1-digit numbers by 3-digit or 4-digit numbers
4.MD.A Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
5.MD.A Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.