Horse logging

A woman horselogging

Horse logging

This one day course will give you practical insights into the ancient art of horse logging, and a chance to learn how this traditional rural skill is being used to conserve woodland habitats.

During the late 20th century, horse logging nearly disappeared as a traditional rural skill because more efficient farm machinery began to take over the management of fields and woodlands. Recently, though, the practice of horse logging has experienced a revival among landowners and foresters wishing to sensitively manage their woodland sites. Modern heavy machinery, such as tractors and quad bikes, greatly increases the risk of soil damage through compaction and erosion – which has a negative impact on the flora and fauna found within a woodland site. Horse logging is a low-impact, sustainable, and environmentally friendly way of managing woodland areas, particularly where there is a need to protect wildlife or archaeological remains.

Horse logging dates back nearly 10,000 years, and during the course, you will learn about the history of the practice, and gain hands-on experience of working with horses in one of our sustainably managed woodland sites. Our instructor will teach you how to prepare the horses for work, and how to manoeuvre them through the woodland using rein and voice commands. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the various traditional methods and tools used for extracting wood.

Essentials

  • Perfect for beginners, no experience necessary
  • 1 day course
  • £110 per person
  • Suitable for people aged 16 and over
  • The course is taught outside so please bring weather-appropriate clothing: warm clothing / layers, waterproofs, gloves, sturdy shoes/boots, hat, and sun cream.
  • You will also need to bring a packed lunch and drinks.
  • All other tools and equipment will be provided.
  • Portaloos will be provided where toilet facilities are not available, with details provided in course joining instructions.
  • Parking will be available with further details provided in the joining instructions.