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

Film work

Trojan Heavy Horses have appeared in films as far back as the 1992 epic 'Far and Away' where our crew dressed as coal men handled Scottish Clydesdales in the sidestreets of Temple Bar in Dublin, which had been transformed to look like nineteenth century Boston, the American city into which the characters played by Tom Cruise and Nicloe Kidman landed into.

More recently one of the Shires (top left pulling the wagon) from 'King Arthur' in 2004 was sent to our stable to be trained in all types of field work. This service we offer to owners of heavy horses who want to have a draught animal that will be as useful and confident working in woodland and farming environments as on the road.

In 2006 two of our heavy horses were in Ken Loach's 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley'.
In the scene outside the courtroom pictured above, we had a horse pulling a brewery dray.

This dray horse was bred from an Irish Draught/Clydesdale mare crossed with a Shire stallion.

In another scene, dressed as a priest, I can be seen driving a Clydesdale down a mountain road carrying a group of escaped rebels in a cart.

(Crew and Facilities - http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/ )