Melanie, our other very fine intern, showed herself early on to be very good with the horses, and so for a majority of her time, that’s just what she does. She harnesses the horses, rides them down to the bottomland, works with them for the day, and takes them back up to their pasture at the end of the day. The horses respect her as much as they do Jason and Jagger, and J&J trust her with them, too.

Mel is always off somewhere catching a log and dragging it to where it needs to go, so all the pics of her seem to be off somewhere in the distance doing her work. I did grab this pic of her yesterday pulling a big ‘ol white pine out of the woods to the sawmill with her charges, Tong and Wedge…

Melanie with 2 horses

Melanie with 2 horses

She was hauling one really big log – a 22 footer for one of the rafters in the garage.  That’s one big log for just a coupla horses!

One big log!

One big log!

Since Melanie is an intern, and working with Healing Harvest to learn everything she can, she also wanted to see what it was like to operate the skid-steer, a wonderfully all-purpose piece of equipment currently being used to move logs up onto the truck and onto the sawmill.

Melanie with 80 horses

Melanie with 80 horses