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British Horse Loggers


BHL Introductory Course To Horse Logging

This is a five day course designed to give you the basics and more to give you an insight in what it takes to become a horse logger. Maybe you would like horse logging as a career or just an interest. It is run by tutors that are on the BHL Approved contractors list so they have plenty of experience to pass on. Over the week you will gain confidence and hopefully at the end be able to go away and volunteer with other loggers near you to become proficient and maybe take it further.

No experience is needed but the course is hands on and spent outdoors. It is limited to 4 participants with two instructors and two horses so you have plenty of time to handle the reins. The start of the week is spent in a arena or track then moves to the woods to add more obstacles. At the end of the week you should be able to work on your own with a little supervision.

Further help and work placements may be available after the course.

Course Content

Some of the course content

  • Health and safety
  • Harnessing and care of horses
  • Why we use horses in logging
  • Types of horses suitable for logging
  • Methods of extracting timber, swingle tree/arch /mini forwarder
  • Working site /visit and work
  • Skills test /competition last day
  • Plenty of time for Q&A


Dumfries, Scotland


Dorset, England

Previous Courses

Course Cost

  • The full price for the week is £880 for non BHL members including a year’s membership
  • £850 for members
  • Includes a copy of The Horse In The Forest
  • Includes tea/coffee and biscuit. Lunch not provided.
  • You will be asked to sign a risk assessment and come with safety boots and gloves
  • A deposit of £100 is required - non refundable

Please ask about camping and accommodation.


Introduction to Horse logging 5 Day Course

Dates for 2024

29 April-3 May Dorset
3-7th June Dumfries

£ 850 5 Days for BHL members