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Introductory Horselogging Course 2019

British Horse Loggers will be running a course on horselogging for 5 days starting Mon 25th  March 2019 in the vicinity of Chelmsford.

The objective of this course is to provide an intensive introduction to the skills required by a horselogger so that participants have the skills to be immediately useful in the wood, though completion of the course will not in itself equip candidates to start work as independent horseloggers.  Participants who wish to carry on into a career in horselogging can apply for a limited number of work experience placements and undertake BHL’s programme of further development which is intended to equip new entrants over the course of about a year with the basic skills needed to start independent contracting.

The topics to be covered include

  • equine care and welfare; fitness for work
  • grooming and harnessing the horse for forestry work
  • different harness, different equipment and their uses
  • hands-on experience of horse extraction under realistic conditions
  • safety at work and risk assessments
  • woodland management
  • effective work practices

Tuition will be by an experienced and successful horselogging contractor and participants will be limited to a maximum of four to ensure personal attention tailored to previous knowledge. You will receive lunch and drinks each day, and a copy of “The Horse in the Forest” by Hans Sidback.

The introductory course may still be undertaken as a leisure activity by anyone willing to participate fully in a demanding and challenging process, but priority will be given to those with serious interest in a career in the trade.

The cost of the course will be £690. Grant assistance may be available to committed applicants.

To seek additional information about the course and about grants please contact Julian Philipson on 01669 650117 or at .


Biosecurity measures for Horse Logging Contractors

Any Contractor needs to be fully aware of Biosecurity Guidelines as set out on the Forestry Commission web site, and to keep up to date with developments. The basic principle is “Clean In, Clean Out”.”

Contractors are advised to make enquiries of woodland managers as to biosecurity issues on site, and conduct a Risk Assessment, taking measures proportionate to the risk.

Personal Biosecurity (Footwear, Clothing)

Wear footwear and outerwear that can easily be kept clean. Clean footwear and outerwear regularly; ensure they are visually free from soil and organic debris.

Vehicle Biosecurity (Cars,vans, timber lorries, and forestry machinery, such as harvesters and forwarders)

Clean vehicles regularly; do not let mud and organic debris accumulate on tyres, wheels or under wheel arches. Clean vehicles thoroughly before entering a new site.

Working Horse Biosecurity

Remove any organic debris from the horse and pick out feet before removing the horse from site at the end of the days’ work.
If the horse is not kept at the work site, ensure that any overnight stabling or grazing is away from any woodland other than that currently being worked.

Thoroughly groom and brush out of any dried mud on the horses’ body or legs before starting work.
Before moving to any fresh woodland site, comprehensively clean the horse in a non-woodland area, including a thorough wash out of body, legs and feet.

Equipment Biosecurity (All associated equipment: harness, swingletrees, chains and implements, and tools such as spades, chainsaws and secateurs)

Restrict the equipment taken onto a site-take only what you need for the task. Ensure all tools and equipment are clean, serviceable, and free from organic debris. Thoroughly clean all equipment before moving to another worksite.

5 Year Old Percheron x Comtois Gelding

For sale, this coming 5 year old gelding is broke to work, ride and drive. He is very good with traffic, safe and a quiet horse to have around.

We can send videos while hitching in the traffic.

See picture below…

For further information, please contact:

Stal Talpe – Jurgen Talpe
Hoge Bossen 5
7780 Komen

Percheron x Comtois Gelding for Sale