wheel horse

1. Also called wheeler. a horse, or one of the horses, harnessed behind others and nearest the front wheels of a vehicle.
2. Chiefly South Atlantic States. the left-hand horse of a pair hitched to a wagon or plow.
3. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a reliable, diligent, and strong worker.
Also, wheel-horse.
[1700-10]

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