This page houses just a few of thousands of stories and testimonials we have received over the years from people who have used The Equicentral System to help them with laminitic etc. horses/ponies and others from people who just wanted to improve how they managed their land. Further down the page are testimonials from people for Horse Rider's Mechanic.
First up - Karri's Story - make sure you read this!
Especially if you have equines with weight issues...
Karri - Sydney - Australia - This is why I am so passionate about The Equicentral System, and using it as its intended - as a complete system. This was my boy before and after converting to The Equicentra System. In the first photo Lorien is 9yo, having spent his life on starvation paddocks with short stressed grass, measured (restricted) hay, grazing muzzles, past reoccurring episodes of laminitis, and when this pic was taken, he was in daily, medium intensity work, and yet he still looked like this. Shamefully, I didn't even know it was a problem...
Max’s story - Hamshire - UK
Another success story about a laminitic horse...
Max has been mine since he was rising four, and today he turns 14. Our time together has been punctuated with one outbreak of stealth laminitis (2011), serial acute hoof abscesses (2011/12) and a constant battle with regional obesity. In 2012, blood tests confirmed insulin resistance and borderline ACTH (aka Cushing’s/PPID)...
From Samantha McCormack - Victoria - Australia
Do you struggle with drought? Read this...
We've just survived our longest drought so far in Victoria - close to 6 months with no rain at all. By following Equicentral principles our pastures have managed to sustain 4 horses 5 cows and about 100+ kangaroos throughout the drought. The cows have only been fed a square bale of hay a week since the colder weather kicked in from about mid April and they are still fat. The horses have been off the pasture since the rain came to allow it to regenerate - that short green stuff is no good for them anyway.
By not allowing my pasture to be overgrazed during the drought, I have grass growing and not weeds so hopefully it will sustain them through winter, particularly as hay is so expensive and hard to source at the moment.
Thank goodness for The Equicentral System!
From Missaay Moo - UK
Another obesity case...
(Original post) - A before and after photo that sums up where I currently am with my aim to becoming completely Equicental with my set up.
Three years ago I was desperate to find a way to help my mare Missy as she was obese from being on ex-dairy pasture livery. She was exercised daily but in the end I had resorted to keeping her in on soaked hay because I didn’t know how to help her. I then moved to our small holding pretty much for her sake! I dabbled a bit with The Equicentral System principles for six months until going on Equiculture's excellent 1 day talk. Since then I’ve been striving to improve our set up and land. We still have many things to do but we’ve now had almost three full seasons through. I’ve learnt so much... I know exactly what works for my two horses in terms of forage and I’m seeing measurable changes...
Update from Missaay Moo (Sept 2019) - It’s been three years since we moved to our property with it’s 3 1/2 acres and it is 2 1/2 years since I attended the Equiculture Talk. My two horses (15.2 hh & 14 hh) live on roughly 3 acres of pasture on very sandy soil. I have tried to follow The Equicentral System principles to the best of my ability and am now seeing gains both in their health (both very good doers), and that of the land.
This year I really feel like I’ve ‘ got it ‘. My mare is no longer obese and has had no sign of her low grade laminitis this year plus her gut health has also improved massively. My gelding, who is 22, looks fabulous for his age.
I have no machinery and tend the land pretty much by hand other than having a big strimmer for topping roughs.
I have worked with how the land ‘performs‘ during each season using temporary fencing and have seen a big rise in biodiversity. We have a huge colonies of dung beetles and worms helping out . There’s lots more to do but I’m really chuffed with how things are shaping up. Aside from the initial outlay for the land I really haven’t spent a fortune getting to this point but the benefits are ten fold. I thought I’d share a few photos of where we are now.
Laurel Gordon - Tasmania - Australia
Laurel has been managing her horses and her land 'The Equicentral Way' for a few years now (we call her 'The Mulching Queen' because she has had so much success with mulching)...
Having just listened to both of Jane's podcast talks with Alex Kurland and Manda Scott, which are excellent, I glanced out the window and then raced out to take this photo, because as Jane said in the discussion, The Equicentral System is such an exciting and EMPOWERING way of thinking.
Here in one snapshot is a longer more biodiverse pasture currently being grazed, and the chestnut, last time I looked out was grazing where I took the photo from, so he's moved a lot in a short time. Behind a temporary electric fence is the other half of the paddock which I've just mowed because it was getting so long and I want to encourage it to thicken up..... it was this winters sacrifice/hay mulch area, which will give good late summer grazing when it regrows, as the grass seeds have grown and the hay is rotting down nicely on what was very poor soil which cracked open in summer. In the background is a fenced off corner planted with mainly Tasmanian native trees, running into a native windbreak full of nesting birds, and bees and other insects. That one hour talk I attended with Jane and Stuart a few years ago was the best thing which could have happened to this small patch of land I temporarily "own" and care for!! (and I hope Sir Terry Pratchett would forgive me the extra exclamation mark 😁)
You can listen to the podcasts that Laurel is talking about here: www.equiculture.net/equiculture-podcasts
Hope Pastures Horse, Pony and Donkey Sanctuary In Leeds - Yorkshire - UK
This is one of many equine sanctuaries we have consulted for in the UK (including Blue Cross, Redwings, The Donkey Sanctuary...
Really pleased with how the grass farming is going at Hope Pastures Horse, Pony and Donkey Sanctuary In Leeds - Yorkshire...🌿🌱🌾🍀🌿
The film is of the second loafing area we have created which has only been in place for 9 months (the picture is how this area used to look). We have split the field in to 2/3 resting.
It’s been tough through the winter keeping the herds in small sacrifice paddocks and our second loafing area but seeing the biodiversity of grasses and herbs is so worth it now. 🌸🌼🌺🍄🌾
We also had planted over the past 5 years some edible hedgerows with Rose, Willow, Hawthorn and Hazel which will in turn provide even more enrichment and variety for our precious rescued horses, ponies and donkeys. 😊🍀🌱🌿🌼🌾
Horses degrade rural land…or do they?
This account is by Tim O' Donell - A government ‘extension officer’ in Australia.
More stories and endorsements...
Max Easy - Horse Charming - www.horse-charming.com - UK - For those who find themselves reluctant to invest The Equiculture Course. What appealed to me most about The Equiculture System was that a good third of the material is focussed on what horses are as a species, how they behave naturally and what they need to thrive...
Susan Lloyd - Australia - Jane and Stuart's Equiculture Course and Equicentral System Concept for the improvement of our horses' mental and physical health, our land and our riding is so generous. So much for so little!..
Anna Marian - Equine Dentist - Queensland - Australia - If you have horses on small acerage, the Equiculture information is absolutely invaluable. You’ll save tonnes of money on feed, have healthy land, healthy horses and your property will look fabulous...
Damelza Storbeck - UK
I have been searching for information and guidance as to what I can do to improve the field I currently rent for my horses and was exploring track systems, but as my field is quite steeply sloping in places I know it would end up as a mud slide...
Becks Cato - New Zealand - As I write this I’m feeling an incredible amount of relief that my horse was able to graze on grass happily for a whole 12 hr stretch earlier this week! This is purely down to the science based guidelines from Equiculture I have been able to implement in my horses living environment...
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A few general testimonials about Equiculture:
"The Equiculture approach to everything horsey - from how you manage your horses to how you ride - has been a revelation for me. My horses have benefited so much. My partner also loves this approach and is now more involved in our improved horse 'lifestyle'." - Julie Spencer (USA)
"Forget micromanagement, go Equicentral and embrace macromanagement then sit back and watch the horses thrive. It's a revelation." - April Chalklin-Costa - Puckshott Farm Livery (UK)
"Keeping horses in this practical way has done wonders for my horses and my land, it has left me feeling good about what I am doing. I just love all the fabulous, practical information in these books. I keep telling all of my friends about The Equicentral System hoping that they will take up this management system up as well." - Karen Shaw (USA)
"I went to one of the talks in Taree (Australia) a couple of years ago, (rather arrogantly thinking I'd know most of it already). It was life changing for me, my horses, and my paddocks. I now enjoy smugly comparing the biodiversity on my place compared to the neighbours! - Kathryn (Australia)
"My biggest surprise is that we can have an arrangement that makes feeding, etc. super easy for the humans who have full time day jobs (the horses come to us!), while at the same time it is the best thing for our land! Doesn't get better than that!" - Dorothy Nuess (Australia)
"Hi Jane, I came to your talk in Derby (UK) on Tuesday night and bought one of your books - Planning and Development. I had already bought your other book Healthy Pasture - and thought they were both pretty expensive. I have now changed my mind. Thanks to your talk and reading both books I think you've saved me about £24,000!!!!!!! That's in the type of stables I was going to have and an arena. I'm now having a big shelter in my loafing area and no arena. With the money I've saved im now going to have a horse box and box to an arena nearby and have more grass at home! Just wanted to say thank you. This system is absolute genius whichever way you look at it!'' - Gemma - UK
Just a few testimonials about Horse Riders Mechanic:
"As an equine behaviourist and trainer, I help horse owners with behavioural issues and I also provide training sessions for groundwork, ridden work, handling, etc. Horses that have behavioural issues under saddle often struggle due to the rider being unbalanced or having slight issues with their position or seat. I studied HRM as a form of CPD to further my knowledge on this topic so that I was able to provide clients with a more holistic solution alongside the behaviour modification, training & complementary therapies.
I have found this course to be very helpful in providing me with further knowledge of rider biomechanics and whenever I am now teaching behaviour-based riding lessons or working with behavioural issues under saddle, I use the knowledge I learned from the HRM course to analyse the rider's position and seat and ensure that there are no issues there. I find that this really complements the behaviour modification and training really well.''
Alex Le Grand EBQ PPGBI - Equine Behaviourist & Trainer
''I just can’t tell you how much difference The Horse Rider Mechanics Course has made to my riding. After many years of lessons, I knew that there was something just not right about my riding and your information and guidance has changed everything. I could never keep my legs in position and my rising trot seemed to produce short choppy strides in my horses. Since I’ve worked with your programme this has all changed. I can’t thank you enough.''
Jill Farmers (Braidwood - Australia)
"What a simple way to improve balance, I now teach this method to all of my students, from beginners to advanced."
Fiona Bowles (Canada)
"So much of what is written about riding overcomplicates the subject - your information is refreshing to say the least!"
"Jane - you have a knack of making things make sense, and getting that across to your students - I wish more people could teach as you do."
Jill Warren (Aus)
"These books are very easy to follow and have saved me money. My own instructor is great but she does not cover these fundamental basics. Thank you Jane for making it so easy to improve my riding!"
Jan Coombs (UK)
"The Horse Rider's Mechanic System has made a huge difference to my relationship with my horse Milly. I have ridden all my life but Jane showed me how to fix some problems that were blocking our progression."
Linda Galpin (UK)
"What I love most about The Horse Rider's Mechanic System of riding (and teaching) is that it breaks what can be complex issues down into bite sized pieces and teaches you step by step what you really need to know."
Kitty Jones (USA)
"Jane has revolutionised my riding, plus many others that have attended clinics at my property 'The Bibi Ranch'. She just has such a great way of explaining to riders, both inexperienced and advanced alike. I call her my horsey hero and I cannot praise her enough."
Bibi Liati (AUS)
"The Equiculture approach to everything horsey - from how you manage your horses to how you ride - has been a revelation for me. My horses have benefited so much. My partner also loves this approach and is now more involved in our improved horse 'lifestyle'."
Julie Spencer (USA)
"I have to tell you - I nearly did not buy these books (and the video series that came out later) what a mistake that would have been! I thought they were going to be 'same old - same old' but how wrong I was. Thank you Jane for giving me my (riding) life back!"
Louise Smithy (USA)
"What an amazing wonderful woman, to have so much knowledge and be able to impart it to the rider in such a small amount of time. To see a rider ask about trot extensions (the way we were generally taught was to sit down hard and push with your seat) with her help the rider accomplished the extended trot within a few minutes, happy well rounded horse and a beaming rider."
"I have to tell you that the article you wrote on 'The Independent Seat' is truly amazing! Maybe it is because I am wanting that material and have been searching online and haven't come across anything that comes within cooee of your article...and maybe it is just brilliant in its own right?! Thanks - I am working on it and appreciate your writing from such an understanding angle."
Jane Butler (Aus)
"I love The Horse Rider's Mechanic approach to improving your riding - I now use this method in my own teaching - thank you Jane!"
Sharon Wright - New England (USA)
"Horse Rider' Mechanic - 'Brilliantly Simple - Simply Brilliant' that is so true, so glad I found you."
Jennie Stevens - Norfolk - UK