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Hi,

I recently seen the attached picture in a movie and now I keep seeing them IRL in my town (very rural, almost all farmers). Originally I thought it was a clothes line but the strings that hang down don't make sense and also you'd need a ladder, lol. Thanks!
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Looks like a horse walker.
 
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Horse powered well or machine?  I don't know but that's my guess....
 
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Are you in cattle country?  Could be a bull walker.  Though the ones in that design are usually horse walkers.  

They are basically just for giving livestock some exercise.


image from http://www.wrightfarmgates.com/horsewalker.htm
 
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Seems a waste not to have it connected up like a gin https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_mill
 
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Kristy Bell wrote:Hi,

I recently seen the attached picture in a movie and now I keep seeing them IRL in my town (very rural, almost all farmers). Originally I thought it was a clothes line but the strings that hang down don't make sense and also you'd need a ladder, lol. Thanks!



Not farmers - horse owners. We use them primarily to cool down horses after working them, but some also use them to exercise horses.
 
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Mike Jay wrote:Horse powered well or machine?  I don't know but that's my guess....



Although some horses will power them, most of them are powered by electricity in hopes of keeping the horses moving. Some horses will stop them even though they're powered.
 
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David Livingston wrote:Seems a waste not to have it connected up like a gin https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_mill



Yes, if you have the right horse or the right encouragement, you could use the horse power for many good purposes. That is not generally what is done with them, though. I have been pondering whether I could use horse power to hand drill a well so I can plant fruit trees far from where the well is.
 
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This company "drilled" our borehole for water supply.

https://www.borehole-driller.co.uk/

Their rig is basically a steel frame tripod, an electric winch mounted on a truck, and a very very heavy piece of pipe. They drop the pipe repeatedly from the tripod and haul it back up. The soil and rocks get forced up inside. Our local rock is chalk, which is pretty soft.

A horse could definitely power the winch part, with the right mechanical advantage. I'd be sceptical about powering a rotary rock drill.
 
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Michael Cox wrote:A horse could definitely power the winch part, with the right mechanical advantage. I'd be sceptical about powering a rotary rock drill.



Fortunately for us here, we don't have rock - just sandy loam and a few pieces of rock scattered here and there small enough to be lifted by any reasonably strong person.
 
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