Monday, 29 October 2007


Some of the UK's forests were created hundreds of years ago as places for the rich to ride their horses...and now anybody can do it.

There are several jobs involved in working with horses in the forest and maintaining the bridalways. For small tree harvesting operations and tree thinning it is often best to use the traditional methods of horse logging. Horse loggers can move up to 10 tonnes of timber in a day leaving hardly a trace, and making hardly a sound. The big shire horses work best on flat lowland forests, while forests with hills and steep banks require smaller, more agile, horses. Horses are also used to move materials and equipment and to control invasive weeds like brambles and bracken.

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