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Introduction to Horse Logging **COURSE FULL**

| £99
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
A chance to gain practical experience of traditional horse logging and woodland management within the Cotswolds AONB.

Course Description: This one day course offers participants a practical insight into the ancient art of horse logging and a chance to learn how this traditional rural skill is being used to conserve woodland habitats.

During the late 20th century, horse logging as a traditional rural skill nearly died out as more efficient farm machinery began to take over the management of fields and woodlands. Recently, however, the practice of horse logging has experienced a revival among landowners and foresters wishing to apply sensitive management to their woodland sites. Modern heavy machinery, such as tractors and quad bikes, greatly increase the risk of soil damage through compaction and erosion which then has a consequential negative impact on the flora and fauna found within a woodland site. Therefore, the low-impact practice of horse logging is now seen as a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of managing woodland areas, particularly where there is a need to protect wildlife or archaeological remains.

For this course participants will learn about the history of horse logging, which dates back nearly 10,000 years, and gain hands-on experience of working with these beautiful animals in one of our sustainably managed woodland sites. Our instructor will teach you how to prepare the horses for work and how to manoeuvre them through the woodland using rein and voice commands. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the various traditional methods and tools used for extracting wood and how horse logging has been used to benefit woodlands and wildlife.

What do you need to know: No prior knowledge is needed – just enthusiasm!

Instructor: Kate Mobbs-Morgan is a fully insured, approved horse logging contractor on the British Horse Loggers Professional Register. After working as a Horseman for a private estate in Hampshire and later as a subcontractor, Kate is now fully self-employed and works regularly for private woodland owners, local authorities, and conservation organisations such as the Woodland Trust and The National Trust. Kate works with her Ardenne horses, Kipp and the up and coming young Sol.

What to bring on the day: Appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear, and a packed lunch are recommended. All additional materials and equipment will be provided.