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The Equicentral System Book Set

ES Book 1 - H.O.R.S.E.

ES Book 2 - Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses.

ES Book 3 - Horse Property Planning and Development.

Available in PAPERBACK and PDF format (start reading straightaway). A PDF can be printed out and taken anywhere that you would a book!

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.

This 3 book set in PDF format. Worth $83.85 for the pack price of $57.90 USD - save much more than the cost of Book 1!

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This set as paperbacks. Worth $95.85 for the pack price of $73.90 USD - $79.90 inc shipping. Get Book 1 for free!

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You can add the video series to the books and get a big discount. Now you can watch and listen as well as read!

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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).

About these books...

This set of books is an up to date approach to the subject of horsekeeping. Written by Jane and Stuart Myers - international speakers on the subject of Sustainable Horsekeeping and recipients of a Churchill Fellowship in 2012.

Jane and Stuart show you how to keep your horse/s in a way that encompasses equine welfare and good land management. This approach even takes into account your own lifestyle considerations because this is also an important factor in the subject of Sustainable Horsekeeping.

Horse keeping has changed dramatically in the last 30 to 40 years and there are many new challenges facing contemporary horse owners.

Do yourself, your horses and the land that they live on a favour and read these books!

Book 1 - Horse Ownership, Responsible, Sustainable, Ethical

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.

Read the begining of Book 1

Book 2 - Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses

Armed with a little knowledge it is possible to make a few simple changes in your management system to produces healthy, horse friendly pasture, which in turn leads to healthy ‘happy’ horses.

Read the begining of book 2

Book 3 - Horse Property Planning and Development

Good design leads to better living and working spaces. Learn how to design a property that will work well for you and your chosen horse pursuit, keep your horses healthy and happy, enhance the environment and be pleasing to the eye, all at the same time!

Read the begining of book 3

"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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

In The Equicentral System Book 1 - Horse Ownership: Responsible, Sustainable, Ethical - you will learn about:

How ‘traditional’ horsekeeping practices developedIssues for modern horse owners - Horse health and welfare concerns – The human factors - Horse over population issues - Land degradation issues - The way forward - Sustainable horsekeeping

Horse behaviour, welfare and lifestyle - Naturally-living v domestic-living horses -The herd behaviour of horses - The grazing behaviour of horses - The pastured behaviour of domestic horses - Recognising stress in domestic horses - Enrichment for domestic horses

Pasture/grazing management (a simplfied version of the more indepth information in book 2) - Pasture plants and grazing animals - Grazing systems - Basic pasture maintenance - Putting it all together

The Equicentral System - How The Equicentral System works - The Equicentral System benefits - Implementing The Equicentral System - Management solutions

Click here to read chapter 1 and 2...

This 3 book set in PDF format. Worth $83.85 for the pack price of $57.90 USD - save much more than the cost of Book 1!

Buy now...

This set as paperbacks. Worth $95.85 for the pack price of $73.90 USD - $79.90 inc shipping. Get Book 1 for free!

Buy now...

You can add the video series to the books and get a big discount. Now you can watch and listen as well as read!

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).

In The Equicentral System Book 2 - Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses - you will learn about:

Horses and pasture - The benefits of pasture - The importance of biodiversity - Pasture plants in their natural environment - Misinformation about horses and pasture - What horses actually need - The importance of healthy pasture plants - Nutritional problems with pasture - Creating suitable pasture - What to aim for - Horses and land degradation - Soil, pasture and grazing management

Horses and water - Your water is part of the natural system - Water problems - Sources of water - Storage of water - Using water - Planning for clean water

Horses and vegetation - Some of the benefits of trees and bushes - Trees and bushes as habitat for wildlife - Fodder trees and bushes - Windbreaks and firebreaks - Revegetation of steeper land - Easy areas to increase vegetation - Buying and planting - Protecting vegetation from horses - Poisonous trees and plants

Appendix: The Equicentral System

Click here to read pages 1 - 13

"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)

"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)

"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)

A horse property is probably the most expensive asset you will ever own - make sure you invest in the correct information!

In The Equicentral System Book 3 - Horse Property Planning and Development - you will learn about:

Horse housing/holding facilities - Surfaced holding yards - Shade and shelter - Stables

Fences and gates - Fence and gateway safety - Fence visibility - Fence dimensions - Fence types - Droppers/battens/stays - Gates and gateways

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 lights - All-weather surface maintenance

Horse facility planning - Making a plan - Planning horse property infrastructure

Appendix: The Equicentral System

Click here to read pages 1 - 14

"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 3 book set in PDF format. Worth $83.85 for the pack price of $57.90 USD - save much more than the cost of Book 1!

Buy now...

This set as paperbacks. Worth $95.85 for the pack price of $73.90 USD - $79.90 inc shipping. Get Book 1 for free!

Buy now...

You can add the video series to the books and get a big discount. Now you can watch and listen as well as read!

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.

Find out more about them here...
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