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Equestrian equipment ** TRANSITION TO MY LOG SKIDDING DILEMMA ** Your horse's harness must be comfortable, agile and attractive.
On the basis of my more than 20 years of horse riding experiences in the Appalachen area of Virginia, I am answering the following 10 regular horse logging questions:
On the basis of my more than 20 years of horse riding experiences in the Appalachen area of Virginia, I am answering the following 10 regular horse logging questions: Which horse races may be used for logging? Every kind of draught horse can use it. When I say draught horse, I mean a large, weighty, boneless workhorse that weighs about 1,600lbs.
For a ripe, properly exercised workhorse in this area, the mean value is around $1,200. Juvenile ponies that have not been properly prepared are less expensive, as the weaners are sold for about $500.
Do you need more ponies? As a rule, we work with a two horse crew on our farm, which involves the use of a state-of-the-art wooden bow. On steep terrain we use a solo horse to bundle the trunks on a major towing path and transport them with the crew and the bow.
What can a teammate draw? With the wooden bow and a draught horse crew, we move an avarage of 250 wooden legs of hard wood per ski. It would weigh about 3,000 lbs in an intermediate slippery state, with a lower load-bearing capability in the event of unfavourable thermal shocks.
This is less effective for a lone horse that hurls on the floor without the bow to hang the trunks from the front. How far apart are the skids? As soon as the runner spacing is more than 1,500', the long runback significantly reduces output. Therefore, we try to design our locations with runner spacings of this length or less.
Runner spacing means from the die to the landings or bundled to a shipping location for further movements using various techniques, which include mechanised forwarder, skidder, tractor or multi-axle horse and a bow. What is a slide for a horse? In draught livestock, catapulting is severely restricted (adverse), so that a small hill can restrict output when trunks have to be transported upward.
Slipping is much less restrictive, as the horse can move enormous weights down the mountains. Often we use a solo horse to slide down the hill, on the floor, and sometimes we create a block course of several trunks connected by grippers to brake the whole parcel so that it can be taken off the hill at once.
The work on sloping hillsides demands more team spirit and well-trained mounts. The best thing to do is to cut down a tree along the hillside and pull it as big as possible, taking great pains not to walk over the handlebar. Skydive tracks must be free of anything that could cause wood to run on the horse, such as slippery rocks, slippery root, round links or anything that could prevent brake adhesion to the ground.
Included in the costs of working horse per diem are animal food, tools and work. A medium -size draught horse of 1,600 lbs consumes 40 lbs of well-cured fodder, turf meadow or turf legumes and 1 lbs of turf per 100 lbs of combined fodder, lined at a ratio of 8 lbs of corn twice per working week, about 12 hrs apart, AM and PM, plus all the drinking waters that it will consume at least three days and free will be at one.
Horses need free entrance to salts at all time. It is possible to calculate these costs in your own calculations for the horse guide's work and the quality of the work. Burning costs are around $3. 00 per 40 lbs ball of straw and $12. 00 per 100 lbs of corn = $0. 12 a lb x 16 lbs = $1. 92 a day in the corn.
They consume about 50 lbs of salts per crew per month, which costs about $6.00. How high are the costs per horse per hour? An easy calculation of the above numbers will knock out about $5.00 a days costs for the horse, split by how many lessons you work the work. When you work eight hrs, your straight line entry costs $0. 62 Cents an hour would just be to feed each horse (not inclusive the feeder or other costs like the studding and veterinary care).
Fogging is the most cost-intensive individual measure when felling with a horse. Forty-one eurocent per lesson plus $0. 62 eurocent = $1. 03 per lesson per horse per year. What is the maximum amount of ice a horse can go up in the mountains? Snowballs can get soggy under the horses' toes.
Loggin in the winter affects our capability to track on sloping terrain, as the trunks run over the horse in smooth winter conditions. That is why we only work on flat or soft surfaces when it is snowing, and when the depth of the powder is low we do other things such as falling and skidding.
All of our horse harnesses are equipped with the latest technology, including harness, necklaces, single trees, double trees, chest mount, wooden bow, necklaces, grapples and a hammers. A chain saw driver needs his own protection as well as a horse guide.