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Old 01-03-12   #21 (permalink)
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My uncle still works with Horses in kielder Danny MacNeil. And my dad Duncan MacNeil.
I stand corrected, are they the only ones there, Ross?
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Interesting video which shows how hard these animals work which people don't understand unless been there. Still needed to raise the main stem more so the log moved with less drag and keep the sawmill happy.

Great idea to have a seat unlike all the normal versions and more safe for all involved. (I remember watching someone throwing the reins forward going behind a tree and catching them and continued).

There were some people in the BHLA that had personal gain/interests and not that of helping all those involved. Unwilling to post more on the open forum. Some good people left because of this!!
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Brillant video, a pleasure to watch to cracking beast at work, nowt better than watch twa horses working be it on the plough or now the log
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Brillant video, a pleasure to watch to cracking beast at work, nowt better than watch twa horses working be it on the plough or now the log
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Your welcome, it's nice to know people appreciate it, as Trad. Logger says above, it's hard to appreciate sometimes unless you've been there and seen it.
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Same guy, get's ejected in this one, I should say it's happened before, no fuss, no panic, just right her up and on again.

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That was a close shave.
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Dont know how practical it would be to start raising big logs higher off the ground than that, it would become very hazardous in what already is quite dodgy being seated high up in a vehicle like that. I wonder what other bits of kit he has for bigger dia. logs. Wonder if he can work them ' in-line ' and see them skid out massive limbs... I'm getting carried away now !!
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A little raised tree length works well and allows the stumps to be gone over without problems. I should mention we never used "Blinkers" as dangerous and branches become stuck behind and can damage eyes. (helps the horses see the trees)

There are some double wheeled units which raise the back section.
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A little raised tree length works well and allows the stumps to be gone over without problems. I should mention we never used "Blinkers" as dangerous and branches become stuck behind and can damage eyes. (helps the horses see the trees)

There are some double wheeled units which raise the back section.
Would the double wheeled units only work well on the flat ? The butt end on the ground is providing needed resistance when going downhill and is a good safety measure especially with such heavy timber.
I've watched his 'getting ditched ' over and over and I'm convinced he's staged it . He's obviously a bit of a showman ( in a good fun way ) and it just looks a bit acted , none the less its still very impressive the horses not batting an eye lid when the cart rights itself . The woodland is very open and has been well brashed so the blinkers not really an issue and the fact that the horses going so well with them on would be crazy to change them to an open bridle ? If it aint broke dont fix it so to speak
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Ha ha, as long as you give them plenty to eat they won't revolt on you. To answer your question do they enjoy it, well, I can't say that they categorically do, but I think they have a purpose and they seem to know what it is. For example, one of my mares, the oldest and most experienced, just plods about in first gear, but as soon as she feels weight in the collar she knows that she has to up the ante, and the heavier the log, the more she will give. As I said, I just don't know if she enjoys it, but I think she likes to be in the wood, it is her environment and I think she's happier there than standing in a field.
I believe your mare has a purpose driven life and is very content knowing it has self worth.
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