Horse Power


This horse power was demonstrated at the 2011 Albert City, Iowa, Threshermen and Collectors Show. (Click on photo to enlarge it.)


The horses pictured above belong to Josh Lindgren of Marathon, Iowa. Josh is operating the horse power in these two photos and also in the video below.

Wikipedia offers one explanation of horse power. The explanation refers to horses walking on a treadmill. Obviously Josh’s horses are not walking on a treadmill, but instead in a circular sweep. Another explanation is here.


Josh Lindgren of Marathon, Iowa, walks behind his horses during this demonstration of horse power. (Click on photo to enlarge.)


This 1-minute video was taken at the 2011 Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show. Just two horses were involved in this video. In a subsequent post I’ll include a photo of what Josh thinks is an 8 horse power (i.e., 8 horses).



I’m not sure if the term is technically two words (horse power) or one word (horsepower). The most common spelling I found on the web has it as two words.

(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)


2 Responses to “Horse Power”

  1. Clara Hoover Says:

    We had one of those horse power machines at Gunderland. It was located just northwest of the round brick corncrib. Horses would walk around it to power augers that were transporting corn from wagons to the corn crib. At least, that’s how I remember it. And I may have seen that only once.

  2. Marti Carlson Says:

    Not only is the information so interesting, but the horse is exquisite!

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