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Introduction to Horse Logging

  • Sat 3rd March 2018
    Another course runs on Sun 4th March 2018.
    Course starts at 10am and ends at 4:00pm.
    Course fee £80.

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Course details

A return to ancient skills and trades plays 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 man or woman and beast.

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 participants will be invited to try it themselves whilst learning the history behind this traditional skill.

The course will begin by looking at general horse care and the different harness and equipment necessary for working horses. We will then have 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.

However the majority of the day will be given over to offering a hands-on opportunity to have a go at driving a horse and to gain experience with horse logging in the woodland.

We will also cover where to look for more information and how to go about getting started yourself. It will be a fairly informal and practical course – no lectures!

The course will be led by Barbara Haddrill, a professional horse logger with over 9 years experience logging in Wales and England.

Babs and her two cob horses, Tyler and Molly, have worked extensively as part of the woodland team here at CAT, practising some of the latest in environmentally sensitive sustainable woodland management.

You will gain a good understanding of the skill of horse logging and the ability to assess whether they would like to go through further training to start using this method of timber extraction on their projects.

Hands on experience at horse logging!

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.

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