Low Impact Land Management

Ceffylau Gwaith Carnog Working Horses, run by Barbara Haddrill, is based in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in the heart of the Tanat Valley in Powys, Wales. It works in mid and North Wales, Shropshire and the Welsh Borders and Marches. We also work regularly in Devon and have gone as far as Lincolnshire, so no job is too far away.

Working horses were a common sight in the UK in the not too distant past, especially working on the steep wooded slopes and fields where man-made machines still struggle to reach. Now, with advances in the development of modern day horse drawn machinery and the increasing cost of fossil fuels and a greater concern for the environment, horse-power is once again a popular and economic method. We use horse logging and bracken and bramble control / bashing to manage woodland, forests and agricultural areas.

This video shows us working on the restoration of ancient woodland in North Wales pulling out small and medium conifers on very wet ground where there are lots of ditches to jump.

At the heart of Carnog Working Horses is the desire to manage the land in a sensitive ecological manner. Maintaining rural skills and heritage is also important to us, as well as wanting to live and work in a beautiful rural area.

Tyler Our team currently consists of Tyler (left), who has been with Carnog from the start, and Molly, a seven year old, who joined us in 2017. The two horses will work separately and also come together as a pair when we need more horsepower! Other horses and equipment can be brought into the team as required by larger contracts.

Carnog Working Horses also offers Training and Demonstration in working with horses, horselogging and horse-powered Harrowing. More information on the Equipment and Horses is available.

Carnog Working Horses prefer to work within an easy travel distance of home, but we are willing to travel much further, especially if a number of days of work are required.

Please look through the website for more information about the scope of horse-power.

Contact Barbara Haddrill direct by e-mailing barbara@carnog.co.uk or phone 07901741217.

Barbara has been working professionally with horses for 12 years and in that time has built up a breadth of experience working on a wide variety of different contracts in all types of forestry and woodland settings as well as summer work on the land.  A portfolio of work can be seen and references are available on request.

BHL MembershipBarbara is a member of the British Horse Loggers.  As well as being fully covered by Public and Employer's Liability Insurance, Barbara has an NPTC Chainsaw tickets and a current First Aid at Work Certificate.   

Please contact Barbara to discuss your project and plan a free site visit.


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