One Horsepower

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One Horsepower

A draught horse skidding saw logs
Acrylic on masonite, 31 x 16 1/4 in. (1999)

A draught horse working alone, hauling logs to a site where they will be peeled and used in the construction of a cabin. A rare sight nowadays, with large machinery of many horsepower taking the place of just the one horse.

Of course, "draught" is a Canadian/UK spelling. Our neighbours in the U.S. prefer "draft" horse. It is derived from Old World terms meaning to draw or carry. This is not be confused with drafting a letter, or heaven forbid, beer . . .

I think I read somewhere that the strongest, fastest human can develop about ¼ horsepower. Sort of makes you wonder why horses don't rule the world . . . something like Jonathan Swift's Houyhnhnms and Yahoos.

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