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The Equicentral System Book 3

Horse Property Planning and Development

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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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It does not matter if you are buying an established horse property, starting with a blank canvas or modifying a property you already own; a little forward planning can ensure that your dream becomes your property.

Design plays a very important role in all our lives. Good design leads to better living and working spaces and it is therefore very important that we look at our property as a whole with a view to creating a design that will work for our chosen lifestyle, our chosen horse pursuit, keep our horses healthy and happy, enhance the environment and to be pleasing to the eye, all at the same time.

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"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)

"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 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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

Building horse facilities is an expensive operation. Therefore, planning what you are going to have built, or build yourself is an important first step. Time spent in the planning stage will help to save time and money later on.

The correct positioning of fences, laneways, buildings, yards and other horse facilities is essential for the successful operation and management of a horse property and can have great benefits for the environment.

If it is well planned, the property will be a safer, more productive, more enjoyable place to work and spend time with horses.

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

Click here to read pages 1 - 14

This 261 page book in PDF format. $33.95 USD - start reading straightaway.

Buy now...

This 261 page book in Paperback format. $37.95 - $41.95 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).

At the same time, it will be labour saving and cost effective due to improved efficiency, as well as more aesthetically pleasing, therefore it will be a more valuable piece of real estate.

If the property is also a commercial enterprise, then a well-planned property will be a boon to your business. This book will help you make decisions about what you need, and where you need it; it could save you thousands.

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

Click here to read pages 1 - 14

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 3

Horse Property Planning and Development

Introduction
Chapter 1: Horse housing/holding facilities

Surfaced holding yards - Holding yard size and shape - Holding yard surface - Holding yard fences - Innovative additions to a surfaced holding yard - Shade and shelter - Your climate - Shade and shelter building materials - Shade and shelter surface - Shade and shelter size - Innovative additions to a shade/shelter - Stables - Why stables? - Stable designs - Stable size - Stable roofs - Stable walls and partitions - Stable windows - Stable doors - Stable floors - Stable fittings - Other facilities

Chapter 2: Fences and gates

Fence and gateway safety - Fence visibility - Fence dimensions - Fence types - Hedges - Timber fences - Pipe and steel fences - Stone fences/walls - Mesh fences - PVC/vinyl fences - Wire fences - Electric fences - Fence posts - Tread-in posts - Fibreglass posts/rods - Insultimber posts - Other hardwood posts - Softwood timber posts - Composite/recycled/plastic posts - Steel posts (‘star pickets’) - Droppers/battens/stays - Gates and gateways - Gates and gateway safety in particular - Gateway dimensions - Gate types

Chapter 3: Riding arenas and training yards

Do you really need one? - Can this area be multi-purpose? - Riding arena, training yard or both? - Indoor or outdoor? - All-weather surface size and shape - Base and surface - Fencing your all-weather surface - All-weather surface fence height - All-weather surface fence materials - All weather surface gateways - All-weather surface lights - All-weather surface maintenance

Chapter 4: Horse facility planning

Making a plan - Building permits - Options for construction - The planning framework - The environmental factors - The horse welfare factors - Your budget - The ergonomic factors - The safety and security factors - The natural elements - The aesthetic factors - Planning horse property infrastructure - The house and garden - Property access - Laneways - Horse facility positioning - Shade and shelter positioning - Fence and gateway positioning - All-weather surface positioning - Manure management planning - Water management planning - Sources of water - Storage of water - Using water - Planning for clean water - Vegetation planning - Windbreaks and firebreaks - Revegetation of steeper land - Easy areas to increase  vegetation

Appendix: 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 261 page book in PDF format. $33.95 USD - start reading straightaway.

Buy now...

This 261 page book in Paperback format. $37.95 - $41.95 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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