Why use horses to extract timber from a forest? Horses are amazingly manoeuvrable and intelligent, they can step around trees so you don’t have to take out rows, saving valuable trees for future income. Horses also can extract timber with minimum damage to the forest and floor. The use of horses in forestry work never disappeared in Europe, and is now making a comeback in Ireland.
Ailbhe Gerrard is keen that traditional and effective farm skills are used. She decided to use horse logging when thinning her deciduous plantation in January 2012 on Brookfield Farm, Coolbawn, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. A trained logging horse extracted the felled timber trunks, in total a hundred tons, from the plantation’s first thinning.