Horse Logging


Horse logging is the extraction of timber using horses as the base machine often with a wide range of traditional and modern implements

They are often used in areas of sensitive habitat and prevent the damage that would be caused by heavy machinery

A Logging Horse Hard At Work

This Lovely Logging Horse Is Called ‘Tarzan’

This lovely horse has been used to remove non-native larch trees from protected woodland near Spinningdale in Sutherland

Tarzan, a five-year-old Comtois, hauled the logs from the Migdale Rock Site of Special Scientific Interest in Ledmore and Migdale Woods

The horse caused less damage to rare plants than modern forest machinery

Woodland Trust Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage are restoring ancient native pine woods in the area

About 80 people gathered to watch Comtois – a logging horse owned by Brian Green, from Rogart – at work

Ledmore and Migdale Woods site manager Eleanor Garty said conventional machinery would have risked crushing rare plants and compacting soil

She said: “Horse logging causes significantly less damage

“Any disturbance tends to be superficial, and in some cases the ‘scarification’ caused by the horse can actually help distribute colonies of rare plants around the woodland

“We could just fell the non-native trees and leave them in the wood, and this is what we will do in some areas, where they are inaccessible, or far from the track

“On the other hand, timber is a valuable resource, and larch is a very durable wood, prized for a wide variety of purposes. So where we can, we plan to extract the trees that we fell and put them to good use”

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