HEAVY HORSES the website of Doug Joiner,
Childer Wood Heavy Horses

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Horse Logging

Details of the benefits and advantages of using horses in contemporary woodland management, work undertaken and other information

Training Courses

Details of group training courses and Level II accreditation

Horse Logging Equipment

A wide and increasing range of award winning horse logging and horse work equipment

Woodland Products

Cleft and sawn timber, firewood and timber structures

Working Horse

Appearances at shows and working demonstrations including BHL, BHLCT and BFotWH events

Links Page

General links above

Direct links to my seven top sites below and in box on right

Green Woodwork Gudrun's website for commissions and courses

Spatial Awareness Media Matthew's website for his UK based independent television, film and web company

La Ferme de la Marquise Ruth's website for organic vegetables, goats milk cheese and hand made soap in rural France

British Festival of the Working Horse Promoting the wide use of the working horse

British Horse Loggers Charitable Trust Promoting and supporting professional horse logging

British Horse Loggers The national industry body for professional horse loggers and their supporters

FECTU the European Draught Horse Federation





Heavy Horses

Working throughout Wales, the Marches and the Midlands, ‘Childer Wood Heavy Horses’ offers an award winning
professional working horses service to woodland managers, owners and contractors.

A New Course and Development Week in October 2014

2015 Course dates and reduced fee news


a horse-logger with his heavy horses


Ella obituary 2014


A NEW harness system

"Seeing is Believing" and The British Festival of the Working Horse

"Seeing is Believing" is an initiative introduced by HRH The Prince of Wales. Real work with horses is demonstrated to key industry players and has a power to persuade that articles and media presentations could never have.

Used primarily to showcase the benefits of horse logging, Seeing is Believing underwrites all the British Festival of the Working Horse events.

Salva, Agua and Glyndwr news plus a new harness

Two Horse Forwarder with powered loading, Bracken Basher and Combi Forwarder win top UK and European awards for innovation

PLUS a new vineyard plough!

Courses include an accredited course offering Level II qualification

Dot obituary 2012

Diamond obituary 2011

For more information about Doug Joiner



Christmas Greetings!

In 2005 I decided not to send any more Christmas cards but, instead, to donate the money that I would otherwise have spent to charity. You may not be surprised to learn that I donate my card money to the British Horse Loggers Charitable Trust to support the apprenticeship scheme and other initiatives.

You may wish to do likewise for any occasion; Christmas, birthday, wedding, retirement, birth or funeral or just because it is a good idea.

Christmas Warning!


Doug is a professional horse-logger and qualified trainer, based at Childer Wood and Meephill Coppice in Herefordshire and working for National and Local bodies, Wildlife Trusts, and woodland owners. He is an Approved Contractor being on the Professional Register of the British Horse Loggers, the National Industry Body for horse logging contractors. He has several working horses.
He also provides tuition and runs demonstrations of working horses at shows.

to contact Doug Joiner:

by email: doug@heavyhorses.net
by phone or fax: (+44) 01531 640 236 or on his mobile: (+44) 07773 900 751
or by post: Heavy Horses, Hill Farm, Stanley Hill, Bosbury, LEDBURY, HR8 1HE