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Horses at Fillmore County Fair pull their weight

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PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- For many who have never seen a horse pull, the whole idea might seem a bit confusing. But the horses used in the event at the Fillmore County Fair are amazing athletes. 

The concept is simple: teams of two horses are hooked to a sled filled with weight, and must drag it at least 27.5 feet to move onto the next round.

 For teams that weigh up to 3,200 pounds, the weight pulled starts at 4,500 pounds. For teams larger than that, the sled starts at 5,500 pounds in the heavyweight division. 

The horses have three tries to pull the cart and each round, 1,000 pounds is added. 

For Larry Green, preparing for today was simple.

"I just exercise them a lot, and drive them. And I play with them. I retired just to do this," Green said.

The winners of the middle and the heavyweight classes receive a trophy and a $300 cash prize. This year's middleweight winner was able to pull 8,500 pounds.

Saturday is the last day of the fair, so there's still time to check out some of the other events happening at the fairgrounds. For a full list of events, visit the fair's web site

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