HELP : Dynamics of Multiple horse pulling a carriage

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hi !


I am assigned a project for which I need to look at the detailed dynamics of a carriage drawn by multiple horses, i.e., 4-5 horses drawing a carriage of finite mass, but not all of the horses are using the same force. But still there are some constraints (such as, through the yoke connecting the horses etc.) which make the entire system move at a constant velocity (most of the time). So, how this co-operation and synchronization is carried out should be clear from the dynamical equations of the system. I was told that a detailed study has been carried out regarding this matter. I tried to google with different keywords, but still no success. As I am a EE graduate, I might be missing some very common resources of physics or mechanics where this might be readily available. Can anybody please point me to some of those resources?

Thanks in advance
 
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I don’t know “how this co-operation and synchronization is carried out should be clear from the dynamical equations of the system.”

But, horses are harnessed to a whippletree. Each horse is harnessed to a singletree and a pair to a doubletree. To even the pull you adjust the length from centre for the horses. (f*d)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whippletree_(mechanism [Broken])
Bottom of page 23:
http://books.google.ca/books?id=3jMDAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=mechanics+whipple+trees&source=bl&ots=PUYoaKF4b5&sig=a1DSu2osbTFyRoZRLC45tCC0I_o&hl=en&ei=ulDFSrfbH8Sd8AazvMhH&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7#v=onepage&q=&f=false
 
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