Horse logging

This is a traditional and very cost effective method of removing felled or fallen timber without the use of tractors or heavy machinery. There is less impact on the soil and no pollution, just organic fertiliser. Horse logging is ideal for sensitive areas, for example managing Planted Ancient Woodlands (PAWS) and areas of regenerating woodland. Horses can pull timber from steep slopes and hills and access areas where tracked or wheeled vehicles can not.

Using horses instead of heavy mechanical equipment has many benefits:

  • Low impact on the environment, roads and trails, standing crops, flora and fauna;
  • Ability to work in areas where powered mechanical equipment may not; 
  • Maintenance of traditional skills;
  • Very cost effective compared to other methods;
  • Output of more than 5 tonnes per day can be achieved depending on the woodland layout and the distance to landing (point of timber collection).

Output of more than 5 tonnes per day can be achieved depending on the woodland layout and the distance to landing (point of timber collection).

Some of the traditional equipment used in horse logging includes a forwarder, pole arch, single tree choker chain and Scandanavian arch.

If you would like more information or details about this service, including availability and cost, please do not hesitate to contact us.