The Modern Horse Loggers of Minnesota (transcript)

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The Modern Horse Loggers of Minnesota Presented by the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine, video by Denny Behr, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Sound and visual effect

(Sound of clanging metal  horse hitch) Strumming acoustic guitar begins, fades as talking starts.
(Video begins with a sunrise shot in the woods, fades to a pair of draft horses pulling a two wheel cart with a single driver going through the snow along a wooded trail.

Tim Carroll

I've always had a real connection to being in the woods, and care about what's going on with our environment.

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(close up of horses coming through the snow, music gets louder and fades as talking begins)

Tim

About oh 16, 17 years ago our neighbors lived on the Cedar River and a logger came through and just tore their woods up, and I asked them if I could take out the firewood" (close up of horse's feet walking through the snow, fades to a close-up off dead leaves on a tree with snow on them.)

Tim

(View of horses coming through the snow pulling a single log behind the cart) so I took the horses down to the river and started pulling logs out (sound of chain saw in the distance) and pulled them out to the road and when we got a wagon load we'd load them up with the horses and get them out on the road and haul them to the mill" (video zooms in on a close up of the log being pulled through the snow).

Sound and visual effect

(View of logger with chain saw (saw noise) cutting down trees marked with a large orange X)

Tim

(Video at the base of an oak with a large orange X on it, looking up towards the top of the tree) "the issues we have here is we have some oak wilt issues so we're going to cut out the oak wilt, or the infected trees (close-up of Tim talking while explaining the issue with Oak Wilt) try and do minimal damage when we're felling the trees and then skid the logs out"

Sound and visual effect

(Chain saw idling noise, sound of tree cracking and a view of it as it begins to fall to the ground after being cut, the sound of branches breaking is heard as it hits the ground.)

Tim

(View of Tim backing up the horses and cart as he talks to them) "haw a little"

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(View looking down the length of the felled tree, logger in the middle cutting the tree in half, we hear the chain saw and the thud of the tree as it hits the ground after being cut in half.)

Tim

(close up of the horses heads as they backup when Tim talks to them) "backup, backup"

Sound and visual effect

(View of loggers hands as a large chain is wrapped around a log, hear the sound of the chain as it is being wrapped.)

Sound and visual effect

(Chain is thrown onto the two wheeled cart and secured, sound of chain clanging against the metal as it is put into the cart.)

Tim

(Tim's giddy up sound and sound of Tim making a loud kiss to the horses, close up view of the log with a chain on it being pulled from where it fell, Tim says to the horses)  C'mon, c'mon, whoa, whoa, whoa.

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Guitar music gets louder and fades as talking beings. (Visual of snow falling with trees in background).

Tim

(View from behind the cart with a close up view of the freshly cut end of the log being drug through the snow) Well I'm gonna go get another team of horses and we'll put four on            and see if I can get up the hill. (Switches to a wider angle view of the entire cart and log being pulled through the snow.)

Tim

(Close up of Tim explaining while he drives the team) You know that log probably weighs four thousand pounds, then you're pulling it up a hill you're doubling the weight of it, so they had all they could do to get it where they got it. I was surprised they got it there. We'll just put more horses on, we'll get her.

Sound and visual effect

(sounds of clanging chains as team walks through the snow)

Tim

(View of first team, now unhitched, being driven over towards a second team, also in the scene are a few hay bales by Tim's horse trailer)  It's like working a jigsaw puzzle, ya know what comes first, what comes second, (close up of horses eyes looking over at the camera) and if this don't work what do I do next, it's just a constant process of problem solving.

Tim

(View of first team of horses backing up towards the second team to be hooked in tandem, Tim speaks to them) Whoa, whoa.

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(music louder as a view of clouds going across the sky)

Tim

(View of horses working hard to start out pulling the log up the hill mentioned earlier. One horse briefly stumbles but regains footing and continues on. Tim gives them the giddy up sound) Good boys, good boy, good boy Travis! Yeah! Good boy Travis!" (view of horses not trotting through the snow after reaching the top of the hill)

Tim

(Close up of Tim's hands driving the team) Look at today, it's just absolutely beautiful, couldn't ask for a better day, and then on top of that working with the horses, they teach me something every day so I couldn't get a better job. (Wider view of the four horses from Tim's perspective atop the cart that they are pulling.)

Sound and visual effect

(Music gets louder as the scene changes to a view of the four horses pulling the log down a plowed road, team goes off in slow motion as the scene and music fades out.)

Closing

Screen now directs the viewer to read more stories from the Winter Woods at the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer's Web site at: mndnr.gov/volunteer