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Hello, has anyone tried horse logging on deep peat? I've been wondering if this would work in our forest insteard of building roads to get to the timber.

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From casual observations over 45 years, horses need hard ground, merely in respect of their grazing, I cannot therefore imagine they would be any good in deep peat.

Camels might be better suited to peat though?

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8 hours ago, nooie said:

Hello, has anyone tried horse logging on deep peat? I've been wondering if this would work in our forest insteard of building roads to get to the timber.

From plenty of experience using horses in bad ground once they feel soft soft conditions underfoot  they will be hell bent on powering out of it, and not at all easy to handle. The hoof is not good at spreading weight. Google horse stuck in mud etc and you will see plenty being hauled out.

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Must admit know little about horses but think they would really struggle, done a lot of cutting on peatwork sites. Not easy walked

It might depend exactly wot vegetation is on top of the peat.

 

Dunno how big he woods are or how much timber u have to come off but if the amount is small enough that horses could cope may be other lgp vehicles could cope.

I'd imagine an argo and log arch would pull a similar amount to a horse.

Or soft tracks, haaglund, glen almonds etc could ferry it to roadside with out a track

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An iron horse would do it by they ain't a cheap investment use mine on peat in the broads and it'll go anywhere I can walk and a few places I'd rather not...

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