After working at a treatment facility for juveniles for 16 years, Tim Carroll never planned to have a successful career logging with horses. But when Carroll married his wife, Doreen, who had three riding horses, he soon grew attached to draft horses and began using them to plow his driveway and do other work on his property.
Soon after, down the road from his home in Minnesota, Carroll noticed a neighbor had hired a machine logger. The rest, you could say, is history.
“Those loggers had left a mess on my neighbor’s property,” explained Carroll. “I asked if I could come by and clean out some of those logs with my horses. It didn’t take long and I had a crowd of people watching. People started asking me if I could come out to their land. Before I had my first job done, I had three contracts waiting. Not long after that, I had 27 contracts. After 5 years, I quit my day job, and started doing this fulltime.
”Other than cutting firewood, Carroll had never been involved in forestry. Soon, “equine forestry,” as Carroll calls it, became his new passion. As his interest in horse logging grew, he traveled around the country working with other horse loggers, such as Jason Rutledge with Healing Harvest Forest Foundation.
Today, Cedar River Horse Logging and Wood Products has been in business since 1992 using draft horses for sustainable forest management.