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

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Shortest day of the year with the least light to get things done outside, and a welcome rest between logging contracts.

No better time to take stock and prepare for the coming season.

In our stable we have two young black Shires we are breaking in to meet the demands of our forestry, wedding and promotional work.

In the new year I will post details of their progress.

The Shire breed developed from different strains of heavy horse (noted for their sometimes excessive size, great breast, large muscular thighs and fairly short legs) bred throughout midland England, from the Fens in the east to Staffordshire in the west. Though there were many colours this breed was first called The Old English Black Horse until the name Shire was settled on in 1883.

'The Old English Black Horse' by William Sheils c.1840