21st February 2003

 

HORSING AROUND

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If you go down to the woods … you may not find a teddy bear but at the University of Lincoln’s School of Agriculture you may just find an 18-hand Clydesdale horse.

 

Ten-year-old Roddy, a genuine working horse from Axholme Heavy Horses, will shortly be helping to train students in the delicate art of timber extraction when a new course begins next month.

 

The one-day course will instruct students in the grooming, harnessing and long reigning of the horse and will also provide practical training in extracting timber from woodland.

 

Removing logs from woodland areas is normally carried out by heavy machinery which can damage the environment by crushing the plants and soil - likely habitats of woodland creatures - and polluting the air.

 

By using heavy horses for the task there are two key benefits: the conservation of the woodland and the preservation of the breed of horses.

 

“This new course complements our Woodland Management programme which looks at sustainable and environmentally friendly forestry,” said Steve Fox, Forestry tutor at the school. “It is also an excellent way of demonstrating delicate management.

 

“Roddy is a wonderful horse and very relaxing to work with which is why we are also offering the course to the public as a means of stress relief.  No previous experience is necessary and all training is given on the day.  The only requirement is that you are over 14 and wear suitable clothing. 

 

“It really is a great experience and very therapeutic.”

 

The cost is just £85 for the day and the first courses take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March. 

 

Only two students are allowed per course, so if you would like to spend a day with Roddy or find out about any of our other forestry short courses please contact Annette Ding in the Short Course Unit on 01522 895450. 

 

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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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