A Letter from Germany
I live in Wendland, a small area between Hamburg and Berlin, and I work with horses. I’m a full time horse logger and I cooperate with a CSA garden. My mares, Polka (boulonnais) and Mairun (half boulonnais and half schleswiger coldblood), work there all the year and I work in the forest with my stallion, Peer (half boulonnais and half schleswiger coldblood), and my gelding, Konrad (schleswiger coldblood). I really appreciate your work, I think it’s really important to support those who are passionate of working with horses all around the world. Here in Germany horse-logging is not very common, there are only 20 full-time horse loggers in the whole country. I think that the main problem is that it´s not easy to start your own business since machines are considered to be more competitive and there are a lot of people who work with them. Therefore there is not much work for horses in the forest, both public and private, even if horses are much more public-friendly – and forest-friendly, of course! On the other hand, it seems that in agriculture horses are getting more and more popular, mainly in CSA projects.
Here I send some pictures of Polka, Mairun and Ella, the 3-month-old foal of Mairun and Peer, with a small Lancaster manure spreader. I enjoyed a lot doing it, and Ella too! I also take care of my grassland with horse powered machines. I also send a picture of Peer, Konrad and me horse logging last winter.
Hope you enjoy it,
Greetings, Kay Stolzenberg