Horse logging

Sunday 2 April 2017



The course

For those with some heavy horse experience. A day working with heavy horses extracting timber from local woods. Participants must be physically fit.

The tutors

Mark Buxton is the Museum’s horseman. He has wide experience in working with horses and has come to the museum from the Royal Parks, where he was head
horseman for 14 years. His duties at the Museum include sowing, chain harrowing, ploughing, harvesting, timber extraction and many other general duties.

Robert Sampson has worked with Percheron horses all his working life. He now breeds Percherons and trains them and other breeds of heavy horse to work. He is a registered farrier and farms 250 acres (using his Percherons whenever practical) on the edge of the New Forest. A keen supporter of the Heavy Horse Driving Trials Club, he competes regularly in their events with his sons. He is also well-known as a big-team driver, the largest team to date being 18 Percherons. He will be entering for the British team again this year for the Route du Poisson, a challenging relay race for heavy horses held in France.

Participant information

Lunch is included, please bring any other refreshment you may need. Everyone must wear sensible warm and waterproof clothing and suitable steel toe-cap footwear and gloves.


£90 per person per day, including tuition and lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.