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Horse working a saw mill off a direct drive treadmill



The British Festival of the Working Horse 2012

Conference and seminar

Sponsor: Laurent Perrier Champagne


The British Festival of the Working Horse championed horse logging as a viable, vibrant and credible approach to high quality and sustainable woodland management and horse work in general. It will also invite active participation from other draught animal and horse powered enterprises and promote the concept of the 'energy animal', horses as 'renewables'; sustainable and renewable sources of green energy.

The conference further developed and promoted the idea of horses as 'energy animals'

"Part demonstration, part competition and all celebration it is not to be missed"







"Working Horses in the 21st Century"

Left to right; Henry, Kit, Carl, Fred and Pit at the Festival.


Carl Boyde (President of the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association)


Pit Schlechter (Chair of FECTU)

"An overview of European initiatives and the expansion of the uses for working horses"

Kit Vaughan (former Climate Change Adviser, WWF. Now Director Climate and Environment CARE international)

"Horses as a renewable source of 'green energy' or 'Energy Animals' "

Henry Finzi-Constantine (bio dynamic wine producer specialising in 'no added sulphites' white and sparkling wines)

"Horses in organic and bio dynamic production"

Fred Barrelet (Equine vet and selective breeding specialist)

"Veterinary thoughts on the selection and breeding of the working horse to maintain fitness for purpose"



Living horse power is cheap and readily available. We can breed horses, without limit, without endangering the planet.We know a lot about them and how to use them. They can pull things for us, carry us, help support our society, feed it and enable it to function. They can do so far better than they did in the past if we take advantage of some of the technical advances made in agriculture and machinery design. They can be fed from our fields. They don't destroy the environment but enhance it. They create employment, not replace it. They are a source of companionship in the workplace, a source of pride and pleasure when seen to be working to perfection in harmony with man and his surrounding. Why on earth don't we use them?

Charlie Pinney. 2003.