In a six-team stagecoach you had the leaders and the wheelers.

In a six-team stagecoach you had the leaders (front two animals) and the wheelers (ones closest to the coach). Do you know what the middle team of horses or mules was called?

Troy Kelly

Johnson City, New York

The middle pair is known as the swing team; these horses help a six-horse hitch round the corners. The swings are generally bigger than the leaders, but not as big as the wheelers. The wheel team is responsible for most of the pulling and actually steers the stagecoach.

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