Horse logging is a traditional method of extracting timber using horses

Using the horse as the 'base machine', horse logging can be used in a wide variety of situations. As well as being one of the most environmentally friendly forms of moving timber, using horses can mean less manual dragging and stacking and causes less damage to the woodland floor and residual crop. Horse Force Logging will actually enhance the value of your woodland.

A wide range of options are available, from simple skidding with a swingletree and chain, to a horse drawn forwarder with grapple loader.

Because of the environmental benefits, horse logging fits in well with woodland management schemes for PAWS (Planted Ancient Woodland Sites), natural regeneration and wildlife habitat renewal, avoiding damage to standing trees and helping the regeneration process by lightly scarifying the woodland floor, helping to promote regrowth.


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Minimal ground damage
  • Low noise
  • No pollution
  • Can operate in inaccessible areas

Applications include

  • First, second and third thinnings
  • Yarding to a track or ride for secondary or final extraction
  • Removing windblown trees
  • Harvesting on sensitive sites such as SSSI's and archeological conservation areas
  • Steep, impractical areas
  • Sites close to lakes, rivers and streams
  • Working on new urban areas, public footpaths, parks etc