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This is a fair lump of timber to pull uphill. Check out his chainsaw winch as well. :thumbup1:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT4DeZb5y6w&feature=relmfu]Harvey's big log - YouTube[/ame]

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Fantastic Post Jack!..it,s always great to see how things were done before mechanisation...except for rounding off the butt end with a chainsaw and the chainsaw winch. But superb viewing...Spent a bit of time in Kielder Forest where extraction was done with Horses...Brilliant!

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Thank you, unusual and enjoyable, do the horses have an appetite for this work? do they enjoy it? at the end of a hard day do they revolt? (I know nothing of horses!)

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.

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Fantastic Post Jack!..it,s always great to see how things were done before mechanisation...except for rounding off the butt end with a chainsaw and the chainsaw winch. But superb viewing...Spent a bit of time in Kielder Forest where extraction was done with Horses...Brilliant!

Did'nt they used to work round the reservoir, shame they don't still have them there, I would be up there tomorrow. I'm told the chap who used to run the horse loggers did a runner with a lot of money, and it seems FC have never used them again.

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Shane   

That's soooooo good - a video of that on your website and You'd get loads of potential customers just for the curiosity value.

 

I wonder how many of my cats I'd need to be able to do that??????????

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difflock   

Are the Horses blindfolded? to protect their eyes? or stop them "spooking" at branches?

seems a trifle cruel? cruel is perhaps too strong a work maybe but nonetheless, you know what I mean?

Cheers

M

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Are the Horses blindfolded? to protect their eyes? or stop them "spooking" at branches?

seems a trifle cruel? cruel is perhaps too strong a work maybe but nonetheless, you know what I mean?

Cheers

M

 

They have blinkers which shield their eyes and stop them from seeing things behind them, it's the way most horses are worked in America and the UK. In Scandanavia most horses are worked with open bridles, ie they can see all round. Not to sure what is "cruel" about it, just about everything on the planet has to work, most animals work to survive, man has domesticated some to provide us with meat, leather, milk, companionship, and a "work horse". In return for working for us, we provide them with food, shelter, and a safe environment to live in. There are three horses in a field out back at the moment, if I did'nt work them, I would'nt keep them, they'd probably be in a tin of dog food.

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