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The Equicentral System Book 1

Horse Ownership: Responsible, Sustainable, Ethical.

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The Equicentral System is a method of sustainable horse/land management developed for the needs of the 21st century domesticated horse, their owner and the land on which they live. A healthy horse needs a healthy, sustainable environment.

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About this book...

With horse ownership comes great responsibility; we have a responsibility to manage our horses to the best of our ability and to do this sustainably and ethically.

Horse keeping has changed dramatically in the last 30 to 40 years and there are many new challenges facing contemporary horse owners. The modern domestic horse is now much more likely to be kept for leisure purposes than for work and this can have huge implications on the health and well-being of our horses and create heavy demands on our time and resources.

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Click here to read chapter 1 and 2...

"We have implemented the information in these books in our boarding stable and our clients are loving it, as are we. We are really loving the cost saving too as we are now fully fledged ‘grass farmers’."

Stacey Moon (USA)

"I attended your talk today and I wish I had had the opportunity to hear you speak before I established my horse property a couple of years ago. Everything you said made so much sense. Thank you very much and I hope to learn a lot more from the comprehensive info on your website."

Roberta Clark (Aus)

"Keeping horses in this practical way has done wonders for my own wellbeing and of course theirs. I just love all the fabulous information in these books. I keep telling all of my friends about Equiculture and The Equicentral System hoping that they will take up this management system up as well - it would do wonders for property prices in the area!"

Karen Shaw (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)

"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

"Biggest revelation - this system is a horse and owner stress saver, a timesaver for a full time working owner and by eliminating the fight and fear of lack of food produces content relaxed horses therefore owner!"

Sue Arwen (Australia)

"We are gradually but surely repairing the damage to our land, we are now mud free which is really fabulous and so much less stressful than before."

Peter Bowes (USA)

"The damage/stress we cause to our horses by micro managing every aspect of their lives. It's not until you give them freedom of choice that you realise how restrictive and contrived their previous existence was. A real eye opener when they suddenly become relaxed/happy and all you've done is allow them to decide what they do and when."

Cleo Collins (UK)

"How much The Equicentral System has improved the lives of my beloved horses. My old boy was underweight with bad feet not helped by the mud, my NF overweight on bad short grass. Now they have the life they deserve with freedom to roam and choices. Above all they are happy!"

Lozza Lou (UK)

"Fabulous, just fabulous - even though I have an agricultural background I still gave in to peer pressure and kept my horses in a way that was not good for them or the land that they live on. Now I have the confidence to keep them in a way that is so different yet so intelligent all round. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jane and Stuart!"

Mimi Parker (USA)

"The biggest and most pleasant surprise was finding that there are horse owners out there that think like me and it's not just a case of me 'being soft' as I was often told. I love this way of living for horses. They work hard for us and they deserve to live like this!"

Joanne McNichol (UK)

"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)

"Jane and Stuart’s advice has revolutionised how I keep my horses and revolutionised my own lifestyle. My partner really appreciates the change as well because we are now saving money and I have more time (as well as more ‘quality time’ with my horses) - thank you so much for your wonderful advice."

Julie Marconi (USA)

"Recently I realised that my horses are more content to interact with me. Previously kept in a way that meant they continuously 'exercised' by themselves - 'great!' I thought then - now I think -'lovely!', here they are, questioning me, not for food (they still love food!) but for time together. ♥️"

Cath Watson (UK)

"I'm really amazed, I thought I would try the Equicentral System but was very, very sceptical as I thought turning them out on long grass would be a disaster, I couldn't imagine that they would ever voluntarily leave it to stand in the yard. Amazingly every time I've arrived in the past week they've actually been in the yard. I've watched them move from field to yard making choices as a herd and I've also enjoyed an easier life with less work. So contrary to my expectations I am loving it."

Carole Smith (UK)

"What has surprised me most is … That I CAN be a grass farmer… That I can develop biodiversity and safer grass… That my ponies are able now to think for themselves and live a more natural, healthier and happier life, where they can just be."

Nikki Thomas (UK)

"Equicentral's practical solutions and sensible, well-informed advice is much needed in the equine community. I am thrilled that I can better meet my horses' needs. The bonus is I feel that I can also contribute to the bigger global picture by looking after my small corner of the planet in a more holistic way."

Alison Kingsbury (UK)

"I love how I have never once wondered what to do or how to manage my land, the poop, my horses etc. I feel so at ease! The surprise is how they just mooch into a new paddock because there was no 'shortage' in the old one! Literally! (Which saves the ground...)."

Erica Lynall Dixon (UK)

We need to rethink how we keep horses today rather than carry on doing things traditionally simply because that is ‘how it has always been done’. We need to look at how we can develop practices that ensure that their needs are met, without compromising their welfare, the environment and our own lifestyle.

This book brings together much of the current research and thinking on responsible, sustainable, ethical horsekeeping so that you can make informed choices when it comes to your own horse management practices.

Scroll to bottom of page for full contents list...

Click here to read chapter 1 and 2...

This 159 page book in PDF format. $15.95 USD - start reading straightaway.

Buy now...

This 159 page book in Paperback format. $19.95 - $23.95 USD including shipping.

Buy now...

Other buying options. You can get this book for free when you add it to the set!

More info...

Our Paperback books are printed and posted from within the USA, UK, W Europe and Aus, the price includes postage to these countries/areas plus Canada and NZ (please contact [email protected] for other countries/areas).

It starts by looking at the way we traditionally keep horses and how this has come about. It then discusses some contemporary issues and offers some solutions in particular a system of horsekeeping that we have developed and call The Equicentral System.

For many years now we have been teaching this management system to horse owners in various climates around the world, to great effect. This system has many advantages for the 'lifestyle' of your horse/s, your own lifestyle and for the wider environment - all at the same time, a true win-win situation all round.

Scroll to bottom of page for full contents list...

Click here to read chapter 1 and 2...

"We have implemented the information in these books in our boarding stable and our clients are loving it, as are we. We are really loving the cost saving too as we are now fully fledged ‘grass farmers’."

Stacey Moon (USA)

"I attended your talk today and I wish I had had the opportunity to hear you speak before I established my horse property a couple of years ago. Everything you said made so much sense. Thank you very much and I hope to learn a lot more from the comprehensive info on your website."

Roberta Clark (Aus)

"Biggest revelation - this system is a horse and owner stress saver, a timesaver for a full time working owner and by eliminating the fight and fear of lack of food produces content relaxed horses therefore owner!"

Sue Arwen (Australia)

"The damage/stress we cause to our horses by micro managing every aspect of their lives. It's not until you give them freedom of choice that you realise how restrictive and contrived their previous existence was. A real eye opener when they suddenly become relaxed/happy and all you've done is allow them to decide what they do and when."

Cleo Collins (UK)

"Keeping horses in this practical way has done wonders for my own wellbeing and of course theirs. I just love all the fabulous information in these books. I keep telling all of my friends about Equiculture and The Equicentral System hoping that they will take up this management system up as well - it would do wonders for property prices in the area!"

Karen Shaw (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)

"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

"We are gradually but surely repairing the damage to our land, we are now mud free which is really fabulous and so much less stressful than before."

Peter Bowes (USA)

"How much The Equicentral System has improved the lives of my beloved horses. My old boy was underweight with bad feet not helped by the mud, my NF overweight on bad short grass. Now they have the life they deserve with freedom to roam and choices. Above all they are happy!"

Lozza Lou (UK)

"Fabulous, just fabulous - even though I have an agricultural background I still gave in to peer pressure and kept my horses in a way that was not good for them or the land that they live on. Now I have the confidence to keep them in a way that is so different yet so intelligent all round. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jane and Stuart!"

Mimi Parker (USA)

"The biggest and most pleasant surprise was finding that there are horse owners out there that think like me and it's not just a case of me 'being soft' as I was often told. I love this way of living for horses. They work hard for us and they deserve to live like this!"

Joanne McNichol (UK)

"Jane and Stuart’s advice has revolutionised how I keep my horses and revolutionised my own lifestyle. My partner really appreciates the change as well because we are now saving money and I have more time (as well as more ‘quality time’ with my horses) - thank you so much for your wonderful advice."

Julie Marconi (USA)

"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)

"I'm really amazed, I thought I would try the Equicentral System but was very, very sceptical as I thought turning them out on long grass would be a disaster, I couldn't imagine that they would ever voluntarily leave it to stand in the yard. Amazingly every time I've arrived in the past week they've actually been in the yard. I've watched them move from field to yard making choices as a herd and I've also enjoyed an easier life with less work. So contrary to my expectations I am loving it."

Carole Smith (UK)

"What has surprised me most is … That I CAN be a grass farmer… That I can develop biodiversity and safer grass… That my ponies are able now to think for themselves and live a more natural, healthier and happier life, where they can just be."

Nikki Thomas (UK)

"Equicentral's practical solutions and sensible, well-informed advice is much needed in the equine community. I am thrilled that I can better meet my horses' needs. The bonus is I feel that I can also contribute to the bigger global picture by looking after my small corner of the planet in a more holistic way."

Alison Kingsbury (UK)

"I love how I have never once wondered what to do or how to manage my land, the poop, my horses etc. I feel so at ease! The surprise is how they just mooch into a new paddock because there was no 'shortage' in the old one! Literally! (Which saves the ground...)."

Erica Lynall Dixon (UK)

"Recently I realised that my horses are more content to interact with me. Previously kept in a way that meant they continuously 'exercised' by themselves - 'great!' I thought then - now I think -'lovely!', here they are, questioning me, not for food (they still love food!) but for time together. ♥️"

Cath Watson (UK)

Contents - The Equicentral System Series Book 1

Horse Ownership: Responsible, Sustainable, Ethical (H.O.R.S.E.)

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: How ‘traditional’ practices developed
Chapter 3: Issues for modern horse owners

Horse health and welfare concerns - Management regimes - Information accessibility - Exercise issues - Human factors - Time management - Money management - Powerful marketing pressure - Peer pressure - Safety concerns - Horse over population issues - High number of horses - Overstocking - Over breeding - Human hoarding behaviour - High turnover of horses - Land issues - Environmental issues - Lack of land availability - Lack of land management skills - Incorrect mind-set/beliefs - Public perception concerns - Manure management issues - The way forward - Sustainable horsekeeping

Chapter 4: Horse behaviour, welfare and lifestyle

Naturally-living v domestic-living horses - Herd/band life differences - Group decisions and choice differences - Companionship differences - Stereotypic behaviour differences - Reproduction differences - Weaning differences - Alert behaviour differences - Diet/nutrition differences - Weight gain and weight loss cycle differences - Movement differences - Hoof wear differences - Temperature/weather differences - Life span differences - Aggressive behaviour differences - Parasite management differences -The herd behaviour of horses - Using their senses - Communication - Safety in numbers - Daily ‘time-budgets’ - The grazing behaviour of horses - Horses are not ruminants - The importance of fibre to horses - Food selection in horses - Selective grazing habits of horses - Chewing behaviour of horses - Head position while grazing - Walking while grazing - ‘Overeating’ in horses - The pastured behaviour of domestic horses - The ‘standing around’ behaviour of domestic horses - The ‘gateway behaviour’ of domestic horses - The ‘tracking behaviour’ of domestic horses - The active behaviour of domestic horses - The ‘dunging behaviour’ of domestic horses - Recognising stress in domestic horses - Abnormal horse behaviour - Common physiological disorders in horses - Why horses need other horses - Reasons for separating horses - Enrichment for domestic horses - Anthropomorphising - The Five Freedoms - The Three F’s

Chapter 5: Pasture/grazing management

Pasture plants and grazing animals - Biodiversity and horses - Grazing systems - Set-stocking - Rotational grazing - Limited grazing - Strip grazing - Cross-grazing - Basic pasture maintenance - Putting it all together

Chapter 6: The Equicentral System

How The Equicentral System works - The Equicentral System benefits - Horse health/welfare benefits - Time saving benefits - Cost saving benefits - Safety benefits - Land/environmental management benefits - Public perception benefits - Manure and parasitic worm management benefits - Implementing The Equicentral System - On your own land - On small areas of land - On large areas of land - In different climates - Using existing facilities - On land that you lease - On a livery yard - With single horses in ‘private paddocks’ - Starting from scratch - Minimising laneways -  Temporary laneways - Constructing a holding area - Constructing a shade/shelter - Fencing considerations - Management solutions - Feeding confined horses - Changing a horse/s to ‘ad-lib’ feeding - Ideas for extra exercise - Introducing horses to herd living

The Equicentral System - in conclusion

"I attended your talk today and I wish I had had the opportunity to hear you speak before I established my horse property a couple of years ago. Everything you said made so much sense. Thank you very much and I hope to learn a lot more from the comprehensive info on your website."

Roberta Clark (Aus)

"Keeping horses in this practical way has done wonders for my own wellbeing and of course theirs. I just love all the fabulous information in these books. I keep telling all of my friends about Equiculture and The Equicentral System hoping that they will take up this management system up as well - it would do wonders for property prices in the area!"

Karen Shaw (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)

"The damage/stress we cause to our horses by micro managing every aspect of their lives. It's not until you give them freedom of choice that you realise how restrictive and contrived their previous existence was. A real eye opener when they suddenly become relaxed/happy and all you've done is allow them to decide what they do and when."

Cleo Collins (UK)

"We have implemented the information in these books in our boarding stable and our clients are loving it, as are we. We are really loving the cost saving too as we are now fully fledged ‘grass farmers’."

Stacey Moon (USA)

"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

"Biggest revelation - this system is a horse and owner stress saver, a timesaver for a full time working owner and by eliminating the fight and fear of lack of food produces content relaxed horses therefore owner!"

Sue Arwen (Australia)

"The biggest and most pleasant surprise was finding that there are horse owners out there that think like me and it's not just a case of me 'being soft' as I was often told. I love this way of living for horses. They work hard for us and they deserve to live like this!"

Joanne McNichol (UK)

"We are gradually but surely repairing the damage to our land, we are now mud free which is really fabulous and so much less stressful than before."

Peter Bowes (USA)

"How much The Equicentral System has improved the lives of my beloved horses. My old boy was underweight with bad feet not helped by the mud, my NF overweight on bad short grass. Now they have the life they deserve with freedom to roam and choices. Above all they are happy!"

Lozza Lou (UK)

"Fabulous, just fabulous - even though I have an agricultural background I still gave in to peer pressure and kept my horses in a way that was not good for them or the land that they live on. Now I have the confidence to keep them in a way that is so different yet so intelligent all round. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jane and Stuart!"

Mimi Parker (USA)

"Jane and Stuart’s advice has revolutionised how I keep my horses and revolutionised my own lifestyle. My partner really appreciates the change as well because we are now saving money and I have more time (as well as more ‘quality time’ with my horses) - thank you so much for your wonderful advice."

Julie Marconi (USA)

"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)

"I love how I have never once wondered what to do or how to manage my land, the poop, my horses etc. I feel so at ease! The surprise is how they just mooch into a new paddock because there was no 'shortage' in the old one! Literally! (Which saves the ground...)."

Erica Lynall Dixon (UK)

"Recently I realised that my horses are more content to interact with me. Previously kept in a way that meant they continuously 'exercised' by themselves - 'great!' I thought then - now I think -'lovely!', here they are, questioning me, not for food (they still love food!) but for time together. ♥️"

Cath Watson (UK)

"I'm really amazed, I thought I would try the Equicentral System but was very, very sceptical as I thought turning them out on long grass would be a disaster, I couldn't imagine that they would ever voluntarily leave it to stand in the yard. Amazingly every time I've arrived in the past week they've actually been in the yard. I've watched them move from field to yard making choices as a herd and I've also enjoyed an easier life with less work. So contrary to my expectations I am loving it."

Carole Smith (UK)

"What has surprised me most is … That I CAN be a grass farmer… That I can develop biodiversity and safer grass… That my ponies are able now to think for themselves and live a more natural, healthier and happier life, where they can just be."

Nikki Thomas (UK)

"Equicentral's practical solutions and sensible, well-informed advice is much needed in the equine community. I am thrilled that I can better meet my horses' needs. The bonus is I feel that I can also contribute to the bigger global picture by looking after my small corner of the planet in a more holistic way."

Alison Kingsbury (UK)

This 159 page book in PDF format. $15.95 USD - start reading straightaway.

Buy now...

This 159 page book in Paperback format. $19.95 - $23.95 USD including shipping.

Buy now...

Other buying options. You can get this book for free when you add it to the set!

More info...

Our Paperback books are printed and posted from within the USA, UK, W Europe and Aus, the price includes postage to these countries/areas plus Canada and NZ (please contact [email protected] for other countries/areas).

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About the authors

Jane Myers MSc (Equine) studied the grazing behaviour of horses at the prestigious Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (Edinburgh) - a world leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical practice.

Jane and Stuart have been horse owners/managers for many years. They have lived and kept horses in various climates ranging from temparate (warm/wet/cold) to tropical (hot/wet and hot/dry).

They have spent many years teaching horse owners around the world about better ways of keeping horses.

They were recipients of a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to further study the subject of sustainability and horses.

They are the authors of several books about horses including titles published by CSIRO in Australia.

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