Telford and other engineers carried out experiments to find out how much one horse could carry on water and land.

Drawing of a pack horse being led by a man A horse and cart could carry five eights of a ton on soft roads, and up to two tons on a good road. Drawing of a horse pulling an open boat
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The packhorse could carry one eighth of a ton.
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A barge pulled by a horse could carry 30 tons on a river or 50 tons on a canal

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