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These two horses are hitched in a tandem hitch to the cart, with one behind the other.  The original purpose of this hitch was to provide the pulling power of two horses while retaining the ability to maneuver through narrow streets and passageways. The driver holds two sets of lines, one for the lead horse and the other for the wheel horse - the horse closest to the cart.  Both horses help pull the cart, but owing to the hitch the wheel horse has the sole responsibility for stopping and backing the cart.

Two horses driving a tandem hitch

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Description: These two horses are hitched in a tandem hitch to the cart, with one behind the other. The original purpose of this hitch was to provide the pulling power of two horses while retaining the ability to maneuver through narrow streets and passageways. The driver holds two sets of lines, one for the lead horse and the other for the wheel horse - the horse closest to the cart. Both horses help pull the cart, but owing to the hitch the wheel horse has the sole responsibility for stopping and backing the cart.

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