Timber extraction by horse ---- Film and promotional work -- Horse logging courses Practical courses, five days long, conducted on a one to one basis on a working site

Our fully insured and experienced crew ensures quality work combining a traditional skill with modern sustainable forestry management- the natural way to work woodland

The advantages of using a professional horse logger to extract timber are;

- Selective thinning is economical as no extra trees are cut down than needed

-The low impact of horses leaves the forest floor in good condition

- No need for line thinning reduces risk of windblown trees

- Ensures your remaining standing trees are undamaged

- Ideal for wet, steep, rough and small plantations

- Leaves no timber behind on the forest floor

- Minimal disturbance to wildlife

- No pollution of waterways


For the past twenty eight years I have worked and trained heavy draught horses in all road, field and forest operations across Ireland - a trade I learned in the traditional manner where it was passed down through my family from father to son. This heavy horse heritage and the range of work we do with various breeds of these magnificent horses can be viewed in the archive below. References are available on request.
Feel free to contact me if you require any further information.

Tom Nixon, Athenry, County Galway, Ireland
mobile; 086 038 4857
email; tomnixonheavyhorses@hotmail.com

Member of
Forest Training & Education Ireland Ltd.
British Horse Loggers

Friday, November 7, 2008

Irish oak woods

Heavy horses cause the least disturbance to the forest floor where seedlings are regenerating, and are often the only way to extract timber from - and through - areas like Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve in West Cork, an environment so sensitive that even a small spill of oil from a tractor engine fording a river would damage the entire ecosystem. For this job I used a Shire to pull the out lengths of Western Hemlock (a non native tree species) which had been planted amidst native Oak to act as a nurse crop. Hemlock is a valuable timber as it is as durable as Oak.
The horse was able to get these out without damaging the remaining standing Oaks.

Bluebells under Irish Oaks in Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve
Photo; Catherine Holland


Member of

Forest Training & Education Ireland Limited
Clydesdale Horse Society of Ireland
British Horse Loggers Association
Shires pulling traditional delivery dray