My sister, brother and I have been doing a little bit of planned forest management on a piece of land we own in common. Recently, we had a number of trees removed by a man that uses a team of horses to get into the woods and do the work. This is nice because it doesn't tear up the ground or the two-track trails we have wandering through the property -- the big trucks and skids tend to leave big ruts and mud holes and other messes.
It's also nice to work with small, family businesses that do a good job and take pride in their work. Besides, I think well trained work horses are just awesome creatures.
While work was in progress, my siblings went out to the site to watch the process and my sister shared some pictures with me. I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of them, too. :)
The team has a snack to get fortified for the day's work. Aren't they beauties? They're so solid and patient with the set-up, too.
I think they make a very handsome team. I wish I had gotten to see them in action with my own eyes, but my sister tells me that horses and human worked really well together, as well they might, since they depend on each other for their livelihood! I have the sense that there was also mutual respect, though.
Here are the veneer logs, all lined up in a neat little row by the side of the road, waiting to be hauled out of the woods and to the mill. There are different types of trees in the lineup, some of which were taken out ahead of disease progression in the area - no walnut or anything else of extreme value, just good, solid timber.
And there they go off into the woods. It sounds to me like they did a good job and we will probably invite them back to do some more work when the time comes. :)