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A technique for horse euthanasia where two ropes are looped around the lame horse and are then tied to two healthy horses. The healthy horses gallop in opposite directions at full speed. The ropes become taught and decapitate the lame horse almost instantly.
"In the mid-nineteenth century, the horse pull was the preferred way to discard a lame or sickly horse. During the peak of its popularity, the entire farm would come to watch the horse pull. Occasionally, people from nearby towns would join too."

- John Hammersmith, "The American Wild West, Unveiled"
by OnlyHistory July 03, 2011