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This was me and my lovely old mare Holly (RIP) at APF 2012 skidding our softwood. The most simple way to extract timber, using a simple "swingletree" to attach to a choker chain round the log. Very manoeuvrable and quick, but has limits to what you can pull due to the friction of the log on the ground.

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Really like the use of the Combi drag for straw! Mare looks great! How long have you had her?

 

had her a year now and i like the combi drag but bot usit for logs to much

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[ATTACH]159383[/ATTACH]this is my ardenne mare with a bio thane d ring harness I've just been using a swingle tree and chains

 

Hi Dan!

 

Looking good! Are you a BHL member? If so you should register on the BHL Working Members register when you get a chance. Email details to webmaster@britishhorseloggers.org

 

Cheers,

 

Matt

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This is my 4yr old Irish cob Dan. He wears a New England D Harness and works mainly in traces with the swingle tree.

 

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He looks great Ross! How tall is he? Doing well for a 4 year old it looks.

 

Matt

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had her a year now and i like the combi drag but bot usit for logs to much

 

 

Out of interest, did you buy it new? How much was it? Did you get it from Maggie? Looking to get one myself for next winter.

 

Is it the lack or work or suitable logs that mean it's not being used? I've heard mixed reviews of combi drags so would be interested in your opinion!

 

Matt

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He's only 14.2 but a strong wee bugger. Ideal in thinnings. Going very well. Only started in the woods in April. What you think of the Suffolk in the wood? A fellow logger uses one here in NI.

 

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He's only 14.2 but a strong wee bugger. Ideal in thinnings. Going very well. Only started in the woods in April. What you think of the Suffolk in the wood? A fellow logger uses one here in NI.

 

Sent from my GT-I9300 using Arbtalk mobile app

 

Well trained Suffolks are probably better in the woods than Shires and Clydes in my opinion, shorter in the leg with a better line of draft and more power. However they need to be working more regularly, they seem to get more "pent up" energy if they are not working a lot and get excited, whereas my experience of shires and clydes is that they are more laid back even when not worked as often.

 

I have a Shire and he is great, but is limited to flat-ish sites with more space to work especially in the arch.

 

I always recommend people get cobs unless they have very strong feelings towards a specific breed or the work for them. The good thing about Suffolks is that we get a fair amount of Demo's etc locally specifically as we have them. :thumbup:

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