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Introduction to Horse Logging

  • Sat 9th March 2019 SOLD OUT.
    and Sun 10th March 2019.
    Course starts at 10am and ends at 4:00pm.
    Course fee £80.

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Course details

Discover the magic and wonder of working with horses in a beautiful woodland setting. A revival of ancient skills and trades play a significant role in the transition to a zero-carbon future, and logging with horses is a welcome resurgence of an age-old collaboration between human and horse.

The course will take place in CAT’s sustainably managed woodland Coed Gwern and will demonstrate Horse Logging as an ecologically sound and environmentally considerate process of managing woodland.
This low impact method of moving logs from woodland or forest will be demonstrated, and you will be invited to try it yourself whilst learning the history behind this traditional skill.
The course will begin by looking at general horse care and the different harnesses and equipment necessary for working horses. There will then be a brief discussion about the background to working horses in the UK, their pros and cons, and the scope for using horses as part of a low carbon, environmentally sensitive economy.

Thereafter the majority of the day will be given over to hands-on driving a horse and gaining experience, in woodland, of horse logging.
The class is limited to 6 people to ensure everyone gets plenty of time working with the horses.

The course will be led by Barbara Haddrill, a professional horse logger with over 10 years experience logging in Wales and England.
Babs and her two cob horses have worked extensively as part of the woodland team here at CAT, practising some of the latest ideas in environmentally sensitive woodland management.

Please bring a packed lunch or order a delicious veggie packed lunch from CAT for just £6 when you book on the course.
You might also like to bring a thermos flask to fill uo with a hot drink of your choice.

Things you need to know

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside.

We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

If you do not bring them with you, you may not be able to take part in some of the activities.

You must be over the age of 18 years on the day this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.


Our course fees include tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

Course Fees.

Start Date

Bed & Breakfast the night before the course starts

Book Now!

Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course on Sunday 10th March ONLY.

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