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Welcome to our website

We are an independent group formed to represent those either working horses in forestry or anyone interested in the art of horse logging and supporting the skill. The British Horse Loggers is also the only national body representing those working in the industry.

Our aim is to promote horse logging as a viable and sustainable option within modern forestry, showcasing the benefits to both our woodlands and our horses. We are also continuing to use a traditional and important skill.

Horse logging offers an efficient flexible approach to timber extraction with a wide range of both traditional and modern equipment available. The horses can work through the full range of woodland operations from first thinnings through to extracting the final crop. They are a low impact and sympathetic tool particularly when it comes to the management of ancient woodland and archaeologically important sites.

Working horses are ideally suited to steep sites, wet sites and environmentally sensitive areas where mechanical extraction is either not welcome or cannot access without excessive damage. Horse logging can work efficiently alongside a tractor operation if necessary. The use of horses can minimise damage to existing crops, coppiced stools and areas of regeneration. They also have the option to work in small areas where felling to provide an extraction route can be kept to a minimum. It also reduces compaction and damage to the woodland floor whilst giving no pollution from fossil fuels.

We offer practical support in many forms both to members already working horses in woodland environments and to those wishing to begin. We hope that this also offers opportunities to non-working members who seek us out purely for the pleasure of seeing the horses worked as they can be and supporting the industry.

As you look through our website you will see that we strive to offer excellent learning opportunities through a variety of courses, an industry based insurance scheme for working members and a market place for the buying and selling of horses and related items. We also try to organise progress events around the country giving opportunities to all to visit woodlands being worked with horses. With all of these benefits we hope to encourage more of you to join us and support the use of horses in forestry which could either be your own or those belonging to others.

For those of you seeking this website to find a horse logging contractor we have both a Professional Register which offers a list of approved working members and a list offering the details of other working members.


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Taster Day

We are running another Taster Day. It will be held on the 7th of November just north of Dumfries.  This is a day for people wanting to know more about horse logging. We will look at horses, harness and equipment, have a try with the horses and try to answer all the questions you have.   Three spaces available.   £50 for members, £80 for non members, including free bhl membership please email

Website Upgrades
We are now rolling out usernames and passwords for the Members Area - if you have not received yours yet please email Matt at
Courses for 2015
We are currently exploring training opportunities for 2015 that could be of interest to anyone who works or wishes to work with horses. We are looking at offering a Bare foot trimming event, a weekend of Natural Horsemanship and possibly a guide to the skills required to running a small business successfully.  We may also run an Emergency First Aid at work day and will explore the possibilities of running again the 4 day Woodland Management training.  Details will be posted in the Members Area and the Become a Horse Logger page in due course.

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