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The Equicentral System

This is a system of horse management that is horse/land/human friendly! A true win-win all round!

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.

Healthy Land = Healthy Pasture = Healthy Horse = Happy Owner

For the horse...

By working with, rather than against, natural/normal horse behaviour you can improve a horse's welfare by improving their 'lifestyle' - by providing safe healthy pasture (whenever and if possible) and by giving them more choice, by 'micro-managing' less and instead looking at the bigger picture.

for the land...

By working with - rather than against - natural systems, you can improve soil and plant health. The land that you manage will become healthier and you will be regarded as a better 'land custodian'. Learn how to become an 'Equicentric Happy Grass Farmer' and reap the rewards!

and for the owner...

By learning about what is important - and what is not - you save time, effort and money. This frees you up to spend more time doing what you love... with your horse! Enjoy a better relationship with your horse/s and your two legged family as you have more 'quality time' to spend with those you love.

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A  3/4 hour video series completly FREE when you sign up to our mailing list. This series will get you started on your journey to becoming an 'equicentric happy grass farmer'.

"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 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. Cannot wait for the videos to come out! 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)

Why do we need to change the way we keep and manage horses?

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.

The development of horsekeeping practices has progressed in a very ad-hoc but human focused fashion ever since horse domestication began several thousand years ago. It is not surprising that horsekeeping practices developed in this way; throughout history, horses have been kept as a resource or as a tool, be it for war, agriculture, general transport and as a leisure activity for the wealthy. Horse management has not really changed in about 400 years but the role of the modern horse and its owner has, we need to bring horse management up to date.

 

Thinking about the 'modern' horse

Very little thought has been put into how this affects the way we manage the modern domestic horse. For example, the workload of the horse has reduced dramatically; horses are now being confined in increasingly smaller areas as pressure for space grows. They are often fed on feeds that are nutritionally unsuitable for their workload, and increasing awareness in issues such as equine health and welfare, combined with growing concern for ‘The Environment’ has led to questions being asked about how and why we keep equines the way we do.

A new role for the domestic horse

It is only in the past few decades that rapid change has come about, not only in the role of the horse, but also in the socio-economic makeup of horse owners. Horses, certainly in the western world, are now used primarily for leisure activities and are owned by people from a huge variety of backgrounds. There are now many new challenges facing contemporary horse owners.

The modern domestic horse is much more likely to be kept for leisure purposes than for work. This can have huge implications on the health and well-being of our horses and create heavy demands on our time and resources. 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’.

Something has to change

It is clear that something has to change, traditional management systems do not fit into the needs and expectations of modern horsekeeping. Increases in equine obesity and its related conditions, lack of pasture, degraded land, community pressure, time and financial constraints  are just some of the many increasing issues faced by 21st century horses and their owners. This means looking at how and why we keep horses the way we do and acknowledging that there might be a better way; a way that takes care of their needs, takes care of the environment and saves us time, money and energy - all at the same time - a true win-win situation all round.

The alternative

Forward thinking horse owners are beginning to look for alternatives. The Equicentral System looks at some of the issues facing contemporary horsekeepers and the equine community as a whole. It offers solutions, culminating in a total management system designed to address the issues of keeping horses in the 21st century. This information can be found in the The Equicentral System book series and videos.

We have been educating horse owners around the world about this sustainable system of management for many years now, to great effect. This system integrates natural horse behaviour and good land/environmental management and also helps humans through reduced workloads and costs.

The Equicentral System Series videos and books

There are various ways that you can find out how to implement The Equicentral System. First of all, join our mailing list and get The Horse Grazing Characteristics Video Series - completely for free! You could then move on to The Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses Video Series. If you prefer books - we have Horse Properties a Management Guide - which explains The Equicentral System in detail as well as gives plenty of information about other land management subjects etc. (this book is an abbreviated version of The Equicentral System book 2 - Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses). The three Equicentral System books are our best sellers and can be purchased as a set for a great reduction. Book 1 covers the issues facing modern horse owners/managers, Book 2 covers land/pasture management in great detail and Book 3 covers the planning and building of horse facilities.

The Videos

The Horse Grazing Characteristics Video Series

This 45min (3 video) series is completely free when you join up for our mailing list! This series starts you on the path to learning about how you can improve a horse's welfare by improving their 'lifestyle' - by providing safe healthy pasture (whenever and if possible) and by giving them more choice, by 'micro-managing' less and instead looking at the bigger picture.

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The Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses Video Series

Our signature subject, now you don't have to wait for us to come to a venue near you, you can watch the talk at home that has inspired thousands to manage their horses, land and indeed their own lifestyle better. Mud - a thing of the past, lower feed bills, healthier horses etc. Learn how to become an 'Equicentric Happy Grass Farmer' and reap the rewards!

$49.95 USD

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The Books

The Equicentral System Book 1

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.

From $15.95 USD

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The Equicentral System Book 2

This book will help to convince you that good land management is worthwhile on many levels and yields many rewards. You will learn how to manage your land in a way that will save you time and money, keep your horses healthy and content and be good for the environment all at the same time. A rare win-win situation.

From $33.95 USD

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The Equicentral System Book 3

Good design leads to better living and working spaces. 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.

From $33.95 USD

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The Equicentral System Book Set

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

From $57.90 USD

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Our other books and videos

A Horse is a Horse - of Course

Understanding horse behaviour is a very important part of caring for horses. You owe it to them to understand what is important to them. From $13.95 USD

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Buying a Horse Property

Buying a horse property is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. Therefore, it is very important that you get it right. From $13.95 USD

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Horse Properties - A Management Guide

A guide to managing a horse property.

From $11.95 USD

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The Horse Rider's Mechanic Workbooks

Your Position and Your Balance - rapidly improve your riding - 'Brilliantly Simple - Simply Brilliant'. From $23.95 USD

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The Horse Rider's Mechanic Video Series

Many riding problems, including loss of confidence and pain can be attributed to poor position and balance. $99.95 USD

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Join our mailing list and get The Horse Grazing Characteristics Video Series for FREE...

A  3/4 hour video series completly FREE when you sign up to our mailing list. This series will get you started on your journey to becoming an 'equicentric happy grass farmer'.

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