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Working horse and horse logging experience day - one day course

Duration: One day (9:00-16:00)

Price: £120

Book with: David Watkins
at Hawkmoth Wood

Hawkmoth Wood
part of Brafferton Springs
North Yorkshire
YO61 2SE

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About the Course

We have been advised by our horse logger that he will have to cancel the two courses due to a problem, this is very disappointing and our apologies to those who booked. We hope to offer this course again in 2020.

This is a brief but comprehensive introduction to the working horse aimed at interested novices.
Use and handling of the horse will be demonstrated, and trainees may move to hands-on experience if they wish. Emphasis throughout will be on animal welfare and safe working practice.

Topics to be covered are:
Introduction to the horse, discussion of care, grooming, feeding, etc.
Demonstration of harnessing.
Discussion of draught collar, function and application.
Demonstration of New England D-ring harness, with reference to other harness types.
Demonstration of basic driving and manoeuvring.
Invitation to trainees to try handling the horse and manoeuvring around obstacles.
Skidding timber with the horse, using swingletree and choker chain.
Demonstration of moving material by horse-drawn sledge. Demonstration of shafted equipment, timber skidders, timber forwarding wagon, bracken roller.
Discussion of the application of the working draught horse in forestry, farming and land management.

This is an ideal opportunity for beginners with an interest in traditional woodland management techniques, woodland owners who would like to know more about timber extraction in difficult or sensitive areas, and professionals in the timber industry to add some practical knowledge in what is still a valid though much reduced industry.

Hawkmoth Wood is part of a much larger and private piece of woodland called Brafferton Springs in North Yorkshire between Boroughbridge and Easingwold. It is designated PAWS ancient woodland and several owners within the greater wood are bringing their woodland back into management including coppice. Access is strictly limited to course days only. The A1 is 10 minutes away at Boroughbridge.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Start 9.00am at the wood , finish 16.00. Bring lunch, but tea coffee and biscuits will be provided

Maximum number on course: 3 trainees in total. Please contact us to enquire about availability of places or to discuss alternative dates.

Trainees should wear weather-proof outdoor clothing, including boots or wellingtons, with obligatory reinforced safety toecaps , and working gloves.

If you are coming some distance and would like to stay the previous night there is very good pub accommodation just a mile away.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Tutor : Chris Wadsworth,. Chris is well respected within the horse logging community and has earned a living working with horses and chainsaw for 28 years in the timber, agriculture and land management sectors with additional experience in other specialist areas including archaeology, sensitive environmental habitats, bracken rolling and even river gravel harrowing.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends

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