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Horse Logging
« on: December 17, 2015, 08:25:46 am »
Good morning all,

Here is a short video of how we gather firewood on our farm with horses. While we do own a tractor, we try to do as much with our horses as possible.

To see the video, just click the u tube link below. I hope you enjoy it.



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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2015, 09:43:33 am »
I really enjoyed that.  Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2015, 12:04:52 pm »
those poor horse out in the cold and snow with no hats or scarfs   ;)   just kidding we still have 3 teams and i love to work horses in the woods but since i quit logging they dont get worked much. sometimes we will work 3 abreast to the disc in the spring but mostly we just feed them :-\ but we have had drafts or mules ( usually both) all of my life and expect to for the rest of it  :D  i enjoyed the video not many people still know how to work stock and even less still do
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2015, 01:22:35 pm »
Very nice bobsled, great horse, excellent video.  My old team I could do that with, my new team is still to green to go to the woods with the chainsaw.  Nothing like riding back behind a horse or team after running a chainsaw.  The quiet is so QUIET!   Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2015, 01:36:34 pm »
The quiet is so QUIET!

That is exactly what I like about this kind of lifestyle. The only other horse work I've been close to is horse pulls or the 4 & 6 horse hitch competitions. I'm not a teamster but it sure seems like some fellows/ladies have a relationship with their horses and some just don't. All they have is the technical operations figured out while others just work together with their stock. But the quiet............
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2015, 09:05:09 pm »
I watched some of your other videos to . very nice ,really liked the one about removing the old bridge.
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2015, 07:46:08 am »
Very well trained horse. How old? I have ridding horses.

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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2015, 07:55:31 am »
Thanks for the video. Yes,I enjoyed it.
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2015, 09:08:24 am »
I had to watch that a couple of times.   smiley_thumbsup

Ozzie knows what to do and obviously enjoys doing it.  Great teamwork.   :)
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2015, 09:23:33 am »
What impresses me about logging horses, from stories that my brother and father told, was that with a regular run a good horse could be unaccompanied. My brother talked about hauling out logs at my fathers farm where after one run through one person stayed at each end of the trail and the horse traveled back and forth, stopping to get hitched or unhitched from the logs.
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2015, 11:58:22 am »
Was around a 2-man, 2-mule logging operation in New Mexico (Gila Nat'l Forest years ago) where the faller was up the mountain slope cutting, limbing and hooking up one mule at a time, the mule would go down the mountain to the other man at the landing. The mule would stop with the log ends almost perfectly in line. Get unhooked, and would go back up for another log - a mile distance. Both mules doing this all day long. The men would exchange duties, probably for a rest as the bottom duties were easier.
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2015, 09:44:08 am »
Sending the horses back and forth is still used today but not practical for my purpose. I feel more comfortable directing them with effective communication through the lines reducing potential problems when they might otherwise be unsupervised.

In this video, we use two horses to pull larger ash and poplar logs. These were cut to release smaller sugar maple in our sugar bush.

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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2015, 01:56:59 pm »
Enjoyed the horses logging.  Thanks for posting.

Also, enjoyed a video following yours about 4 grand children and a Belgian draft horse in Belgium.. Girls were having a good time.
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2015, 04:02:25 pm »
In this video, we use two horses to pull larger ash and poplar logs.

Nice video. They certainly don't seem to be having any difficulty with that log.
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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2015, 04:14:11 pm »
Now I have the song "Heavy Horses" by Jethro Tull in my head.  That's OK, it's a good song.

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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2015, 05:40:48 am »
There is a place in horse heaven for that good old horse.

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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2016, 02:03:07 am »
Great videos. My grandfather had a pair of Belgians when he first had his farm. He used to tell of cutting firewood in the winter and he could send the horses to the house with a load of logs and my grandmother would unhook the logs and send the horses back to the woods. Grandpa said those two would do that all day hauling logs and he never had to worry about them. That was before my time. I always felt like I really missed out on something special by not being around the draft horses.
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2016, 10:36:55 am »
I liked the first video, so often I see horses worked as a team which diminishes the low impact.  Nice size horse as well, again too often I see horses as too tall and too large to work in the woods. 

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« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2016, 10:35:12 am »
Very VERY cool!...nothing like having fun...enjoying the outdoors and getting work done all at the same time.  Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Horse Logging
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2016, 07:40:46 pm »
   Nice video. I tend to try to drag longer logs to a landing near my house before cutting them into firewood but I guess the snow and sled add a new dimension to the job.

   I had a guy bring in a team of mules and pull some big saw logs out of a steep draw above my pasture last month and posted pictures from it. I encourage everyone to go watch such an operation if you get a chance to do so. It is a lot harder work than most people think but it is amazing to watch really well trained animals do this kind of work.
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