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

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Media articles

 "Tom keeps 'Trojan' tradition alive" 
 Features, The Tuam Herald - 8 December 2010

       "First ever heavy horse display in Ireland" 
   News, Ireland's Horse & Pony Magazine - May 2010
"Horse power: Ploughman comes to town"
by Sean MacConnell, Agricultural Correspondent
News, The Irish Times - 3 May 2010

"Horsepower-The answer for many forest owners"
by Aine O' Callaghan, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer 
Teagasc Todays Farm - March/April 2010

"Commercial horse logging today" 
Goforwood.info- 3 March 2010

"Horse logging back in vogue" 
by Catriona Murphy, Farming Independent, 
Independent - 11 November 2008

   'Hardwood fuel from our new forests' 
by Tom Kent, Waterford Institute of Technology and Seamus Dunne,
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food
BIOENERGY NEWS 2008, Sustainable Energy Ireland
(type Bioenergy News 2008 into search box)

"Eco-echo from the past makes a comeback"  
by Michael Viney, Another Life, Weekend Review, 
The Irish Times - 5 July 2008