Horse Tales from the Carnog Team


Some of the adventures of Barbara, Tyler, Molly, Molly's predecessor Billy and their Friends working in mid and North Wales, Shropshire, the Welsh Borders, the Marches and Devon between 2009 and 2017.

A March for the Dartmoor Ponies

Dartmoor Pack Ponies

September 2016: From Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th September 2016, Sam Goodwin and Barbara Haddrill marched the 82 miles from Dartmoor to Exmoor to raise awareness of the issues around the breeding of native moorland ponies for human consumption. To find out more about this march click on the image above or go to the Press Releases.

 

 

 

 

Horsedrawn Lawnmowing

Lawnmowing at Arlington

June 2016: When working at the National Trust's Arlington Court in Devon we had the opportunity to try out horsedrawn mowing. We started out with the Victorian mower, fun but rubbish at cutting the grass, and progressed to a modern gang mower pulled by our timber arch adapted to take a tow hitch. We could mow quite long grass, although when it was wet it only seemed possible with the front section on. When it was dry and/or the grass was short we were just as quick as the petrol guzzlers. We did the posh lawn once a week, but preferred the overflow car park - less pressure if we made a mistake!

Freddie from Yorkshire

Freddie

March 2014: Billy and Tyler were excited about the visit of Freddie who came all the way from Yorkshire (not Belgium thankfully!) to help on our Introduction to Horselogging courses held at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), near Machynlleth.

Attingham Uncovered

Horse Logging

September 2013: The Carnog team demonstrated horselogging on 28th and 29th September in Attingham Uncovered at the National Trust's Attingham Park near Shrewsbury. Part of the Park's woodland walk was transformed with Barbara, Tyler and Billy moving timber in the traditional way and a mobile mill processing the wood for use on the estate.

BHLCT Wales Apprentice appointed

Wales Apprentice

July 2013: The British Horse Loggers Charitable Trust appointed a Wales Apprentice, Kevin Taylor, for three years. He will be working with Barbara and with Kate Mobbs-Morgan throughout Wales.

For more information click here.

Butterfly boost by bracken bashing

Nant Mawr Bracken Bashing

July 2013: Tyler and Barbara spent a day bashing bracken for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust at the Nant Mawr Nature Reserve. The aim was to give the common dog violet leaves - the favourite food of the caterpillars of the pearl-bordered fritillary - a chance to grow. Click below for the story in the Shropshire Star. Contact Carnog Working Horses if you would like your bracken bashed. Thanks to Laura Dutfield for her photo.

Fordhall Organic Farm - Summer Fair 7th July

Fordhall Farm

July 2013 : Fordhall Organic Farm at Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS, held a Summer Fair on Sunday 7th July. It was a great day of fun for all the family, with a local producers market, family activities, tree climbing, local ale, live music, fishing, face painting, BBQ, hay bale tunnel, story telling, sack race, welly wanging, a helicopter - AND A WORKING HORSE DEMONSTRATION. We hope you didn't miss us. Watch this website for future opportunities if you did.

BHLWMA 2013

Winning the BHLWM Award

May 2013 : For their work at Barlings Barn in Llanbrynmair, Barbara and her two horses were awarded the British Horse Loggers Woodland Management Award for 2013. The award is The Prince of Wales Perpetual Trophy for Woodland Management. Click on the picture above for more details of this success or visit our Press Releases. Photo by Cathy Vaughan.

BHL Competition Win

BHL Logo

May - June 2013 : At the BHL Competitions, held over the AGM Weekend of 30th May - 2nd June, Barbara and Billy won the Fell and Extract Competition. A short video about the weekend can be viewed on our Facebook page by clicking on the BHL logo above. With BHL reaching its 20th anniversary, there was an Anniversary Party with real ale, real food on the barbecue, a bonfire and live music. As soon as possible we will make a direct link available.

Horse Course Success

22nd June Course

April to June 2013 : Successful 'Introduction to Working with Horses' Courses were held at the Carnog home base of Glanaber Farm in Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant on Saturday 13th April, Saturday 4th May and Saturday 22nd June with four participants on each day. Contact Barbara through the website to find out about plans for further courses.

Sunshine and snow - in April!

Snow at Glanaber

April 2013 : The Carnog team helped to clear some trees taken down by the heavy snow in early April and at the same time was filmed for a new horselogging DVD being made by the British Horse Loggers. Click on the image above to see the resulting DVD on Vimeo. We are the ones in the deep snow!

Horselogging introduction at CAT

Horselogging together

 March 2013 : Carnog Working Horses also ran its third successful one day course on horselogging at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on Saturday 2nd March 2013. The course gave people a practical introduction to working with horses in low-impact woodland and land management.

Snowy Llanberis

Working in the snow

January 2013 : Here Tyler is 'supervising' the Carnog team's work clearing seasoned oak logs, and chopping and delivering them to houses close to the wood pasture, ready to burn that day. It was a good job in the freezing snowy weather in the Snowdon village of Llanberis.

Cancer Support Pictures

Carnog Team

January 2013 : Purposeful Prints, which raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support, launched their Working Horse range of pictures with a photograph of Carnog Working Horses, taken and donated by Leo Johnson. Visit the Purposeful Prints website for more details.

Lunch in the Sun!

Lunch in the Sun

November 2012 : Tyler and Billy take their lunch in the sun under the Britannia Bridge, Anglesey, near where they were working for the National Trust extracting Lawson's Cypress for their new low-impact building.

Accepted on BHL Register

BHL Logo

September 2012 : Barbara was accepted on to the Professional Register of the British Horse Loggers as an Approved Contractor. The BHL standard is very high and only those with a proven track record over a period of years are accepted. Their work is recommended by the British Horse Loggers.

The Anglesey Woodland Festival 2012

September 2012 : Carnog Working Horses took part in the Anglesey Woodland Festival 2012 at Plas Newydd on 29th and 30th September - a fantastic day out with fun for all the family. As well as many other woodland activities, you could have seen Barbara, Tyler and Billy demonstrating horselogging. Click on the image below for more details.

Woodlad Festival 2012

Carved Horse's Head

Carved Horse

September 2012 : At the Anglesey Woodland Festival we helped out one of the chainsaw carvers by delivering a silver birch trunk to him to carve. Mark Earp of the North Wales Tree Cycle Group made three different sculptures and kindly offered us his first attempt at a horse! Pretty good we reckon.

A Harrowing Job

Heavy Harrow

July 2012 : Carnog took advantage of the dry weather inJuly to catch up with some harrowing work. This harrow from Paul Helps of Chain Harrows is really heavy duty and has done a great job of getting rid of those ever-creeping buttercups - as well as spreading the muck about.

 

Two Storytelling Chairs

Storytelling Chair

July 2012 : Carnog helped in the creation of some beautiful furniture. Working alongside Jules Russell, forester and carpenter, Carnog extracted the perfect oak needed to make these two ornate, carved storytelling chairs. Jules works with the Free Range Designs group near Machynlleth in West Wales.

They do it with pulleys!

Working in Conwy

May 2012 : Carnog went to Conwy and worked with Maggie Braunton and tree surgeons from North Wales Tree Service on a tricky but fun little job using the horses and pulleys to lift a some windblown trees out of the river bed.

BHL Annual Competition

Barbara at BHL

May 2012 : Carnog went to the British Horse Loggers AGM and Competition weekend near Ledbury on 26th/27th May. We came 3rd in the Fell and Extract Competition as well as the Pairs Logging Competition. Well done Billy, Tyler and Barbara! Picture by Leo Johnson Photography. Visit the album of these on our Facebook page.

On the Beach

Anglesey Beach

May 2012 : Whilst working in a woodland on Anglesey, the Carnog Team took a day out and went for a ride on the beach.

Thanks to Kirsten for a lovely day.

A Good Job Completed

At Llanbrynmair

April 2012 : We were back to one of our favourite jobs near Llanbrynmair, Powys recently. Even though the Easter weather was a bit mean, we managed to finish all the extraction for the year and with a few days of processing to go, the client's wood supply for the next year was once again secured. Good job!

Snowy April Day

Snowy April DayApril 2012 : We were due to be working in this woodland after the un-seasonably dry weather of March. The job was to extract wood from the usually very wet alder and willow woodland and then the snow. We will wait until it is dry to minimise damage to the ground.

Horses working

Aber Actif Project

March 2012 : Carnog worked in 'Gogerddan' a Forestry Commission woodland near Aberystwyth. As part of Coed Lleol's Aber Actif project, we spent the day helping the group to get the wood they need to make a fire circle in the woods.

Introduction to Horselogging

Horselogging as a pair

March 2012 : Carnog Working Horses ran one day courses on horselogging at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on Saturday 3rd March and then, because of demand, again on Sunday 4th March. Both were fully booked. These courses gave people a practical introduction to working with horses in low-impact woodland and land management.

Chilean beech at CAT

Chilean Beech log at CAT

March 2012 : After a successful Introduction to Horselogging Course, the Carnog team stayed at CAT to do some real work! We brought some large Chilean Beech trees down a long steep slope and across the site where they will be planked up. The space they have left will enable the replanting of a native coppice on the sunny south facing slope.

Breakfast al fresco

Breakfast al fresco

January 2012 : Breakfast is often al fresco for all of the Carnog team when we are working away from home and living in the horsebox. As Tyler and Billy munch their hay and the coffee gets going on the stove, we are often treated to some beautiful morning views around the Welsh countryside.

Home for Christmas

Christmas Tree

December 2011 : The run up to Christmas saw Carnog continuing with an ongoing project; felling and extracting timber on a PAWS site in Powys. With mud galore, we had fine wintry weather working right up to the shortest day of the year before collecting ourselves a tree and heading home for Christmas.

Scandinavian Harness

Tyler in Scandanavian Harness

November 2011: Carnog spent more than a month working near Llanberis, North Wales. We have been selectively thinning a mixed conifer woodland. Here Tyler successfully tests out her new Scandinavian harness on a big spruce log.

Two Horse Power

Tyler and Billy working together

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2011 : Billy has been taking on more work since September 2011 and has begun to work alongside Tyler as a Pair. They have been getting used to their new pulling power in the field pulling the harrows and pulling more timber out of the woods.

Rolling over the Border

Bracken rolling in Shropshire

June 2011 : Barbara and Tyler went abroad to do some bracken bruising.  They were working on a lovely site in Shropshire, England (actually only 12 miles down the road from home in Wales and near where Owain Glyndwr used to live!).  The owners are working to create a mosaic of bracken and we were happy to help by crushing some of it.

New Timber Arch

Timber Arch and Tyler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2011 : Carnog Working Horses took delivery of a new timber arch (right). Since then Tyler and Billy have been able to deal more easily with very large logs.

 

From Logs to Planks

Cedar LogPlanks from Cedar LogMarch 2011 : Carnog's two hard working cobs, Tyler and Billy, pulled a few large Western Red Cedar logs (far left) out of the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) woodland, Coed Gwern near Machynlleth, Powys.  On a Sustainable Woodland Management course, local woodsman Peter came to the woodland with his mobile sawmill and turned the trees into planks (near left). They are to be used as foot boards on new bridges around the woodland.  It was wonderful to see the final product of the horses' hard work and how they are demonstrating truly sustainable woodland management.

For more information on Carnog timber extraction experience with CAT please follow this link to CAT Woodland Management.

Collecting wood for the winter

A Busman's Holiday

February 2011 : The Carnog Team took a busman's holiday one weekend and went collecting firewood ready for next winter.  After a relaxed day's work there's plenty of oak and ash chopped and stacked and it is great to feel ahead of the game. Tyler and Billy are still not much good with the chainsaw or axe but they are learning....! 

Billy

Billy - a new addition

December 2010 : Billy, the latest addition to the Carnog team, joined in December 2010. He's a nine-year-old gelding who is very strong and steady, loves to work and is learning fast.

Delivering at ChristmasGig CartDelivery with a Sleigh and a Cart

December 2010 : During heavy snow, Barbara delivered food supplies and hay to homes in the Dyfi Valley around Machynlleth with the assistance of Tyler and a sleigh (far left) built for her by local carpenter Jules Russell (Julian Russell Carpentry) as reported in the Cambrian News.

Bryan Green Memorial Cup for Best Novice

Barbara Haddrill

July 2010 : In the British Horse Logging competitions over the weekend of 17th and 18th July, 2010, in Childer Wood, near Ledbury, Barbara came third in the Horse Logging Singles and won the Bryan Green Memorial Cup for the Best Novice.

Tyler - an amazing asset

Working Cob Tyler

August 2009 : Tyler, a thirteen-year-old coloured cob who works very intelligently and hard, joined the Carnog Team back in August 2009.  She has proved to be an amazing asset to the business and has lent her hooves easily to the diverse and challenging tasks of logging, bracken rolling, carting and harrowing, often on difficult, steep or inaccessible terrain.

 

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