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The Equicentral System Books

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.

"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 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)

About these books

These books are an up to date approach to the subject of horse management. 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.

Book 2 - Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses

Armed with 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.

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!

This 3 book set in PDF format

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This 3 book set as paperbacks

Buy as a pack and save lots! You also get the PDF versions FOR FREE so that you can start reading straight away while waiting for your paperbacks to be delivered!

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

Scroll down this page to buy these books as single books - you can also buy them as single paperbacks and as Kindle books on Amazon (but you get the best deals here!).

These books are included in the Equiculture Responsible Horse Owners Resource...

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"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 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)

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

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Buy this book as a single book

We sell this book on its own however just in USD, this price will be converted to your own currency at checkout by your payment processor. If you buy the paperback version you also get the PDF version so that you can start reading straightaway!

This 159 page book in PDF format. $19.95 USD - start reading straightaway.

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This 159 page book in Paperback format. $29.95 USD - includes shipping.

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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

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Buy this book as a single book

We sell this book on its own however just in USD, this price will be converted to your own currency at checkout by your payment processor. If you buy the paperback version you also get the PDF version so that you can start reading straightaway!

This 245 page book in PDF format. $39.95 USD - start reading straightaway.

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This 245 page book in Paperback format. $54.95 USD - includes shipping.

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"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)

"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 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)

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

Buy this book as a single book

We sell this book on its own however just in USD, this price will be converted to your own currency at checkout by your payment processor. If you buy the paperback version you also get the PDF version so that you can start reading straightaway!

This 261 page book in PDF format. $39.95 USD - start reading straightaway.

Buy now...

This 261 page book in Paperback format. $54.95 USD - includes shipping.

Buy now...

"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 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)

"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)

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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