THE EQUICENTRAL SYSTEM: For the health and wellbeing of your horses, yourself and the wider environment
This page explains a little about how The Equicentral System works to create the best possible equine lifestyle
There are various ways you can learn more about The Equicentral System - you can read this page (keep scrolling down), listen to our podcasts, or watch videos by signing up for the free mini-course
There is also a popular blog post called: The Equicentral System versus Track System for horse and land management
The Equicentral System will:
Reduce your 'bought in' feed costs (by maximising the feed the land produces).
Reduce those time-consuming routines that leave you little time to enjoy your horse/s (eliminating outdated, unnecessary, unethical practices).
Improve your horse's 'lifestyle' (by creating the most natural way of living a domestic horse can have).
Improve the condition of the land (by eliminating mud/dust/weeds etc.).
Turn you into a good land custodian (by teaching you how good horse management and land management go in hand.
The land your horse lives on does not have to look like this:
''I have a horse with dreadful allergies to bug bites. Your system has changed his life. On humid buggy days, he can freely take himself into the barn. He is a different horse this summer because he has a choice.''
Fortunately, there is an alternative to traditional horse management systems.
You need to learn about a more progressive way of keeping horses.
Why should we change from the way we have traditionally kept horses?
The way that many people currently keep their horses, and manage their land, is not SUSTAINABLE.
This means owners often spend money on the wrong things and create an unnecessary workload for themselves.
Not to mention creating land management issues such as mud/dust, weeds, soil loss, soil compaction etc. etc.
These issues tend to get progressively worse each year.
They are also missing out on the benefits of better environmental management.
Traditional horsekeeping was developed for humans, not horses, and can be detrimental to their mental health and wellbeing.
It is time to look at a better way to harness nature's power.
More reasons why we need to change how we keep and manage horses and land... Read more...
So what is the alternative?
The Equicentral System works by utilising horses' natural and domesticated behaviour to benefit them, the land and their owners.
We (Jane and Stuart Myers - Equiculture) are the founders of The Equicentral System. We have studied horse grazing behaviour extensively, including the research that I (Jane) carried out as part of my Masters in Equine Science (MSc Equine) at Edinburgh University (The Royal Dick Veterinary School). We have owned and managed large numbers of horses during our careers in the UK and Australia.
The Equicentral System combines good (progressive) land management practices with equine welfare and natural behaviours. It includes and incorporates the concepts of Permaculture, Regenerative Farming and 'rewilding' etc. into horsekeeping. This creates healthy pastures and healthy horses. If it sounds complicated, don't worry it isn't. Once established, it becomes easier to manage your horses and the land they live on because you work with natural systems rather than against them.
By understanding horse behaviour, particularly their grazing behaviour, horse/land management becomes more straightforward. Once you know the relationship between horse welfare and their health, pasture and soil health, and how to balance these, you will be amazed at the benefits. It is not always a quick fix, but things usually start to turn around quite quickly. Each year, as the land becomes healthier, so do your horses. The Equicentral System becomes easier to implement as time goes on.
The Equicentral System works on a continuous cycle of improvement, whereas most other horse management systems are, at best just maintenance. But more often, they are not even that. Think about how most horse properties have increasingly degraded land (more mud/dust and weeds, more feed expenses etc.). Once you become aware of the possibilities and become an 'Equicentric' you will never look at the land that horses live on in the same way again.
If you cannot implement everything we suggest immediately, don't worry, even a 10% yearly improvement is a positive step. If you can repeat this improvement every year, imagine where you will be in a few years!
Below are two very different articles for you to read:
Read this brilliant article by Gemma Holmes - A qualified ecologist and keen horse owner, & learn about how The Equicentral System works to increase biodiversity...
Read this article by April Chalklin-Costa, Puckshott Farm, UK & learn about how The Equicentral System works in a livery / boarding / agistment situation…
Read what more people have to say about The Equicentral System...
Mary Brown - UK
'The Equicentral System simply blew my mind when I first came across it. Now that I understand it, and all of its benefits, I wish I had found out about much sooner. It encompasses everything I have always dreamt about for my perfect 'equine lifestyle'. I now have happy, healthy horses and that gives me great pleasure.'
Rena Jones - AUS
'I just love how something that is great for my horse's wellbeing, is also great for the environment, and saves me time and money! Jane and Stuart Myers are just brilliant for sharing this information. I bought the course last year and have not looked back since. The Facebook group that goes with it is just another (brilliant) bonus to becoming an ‘Equicentric’.
Erica Symonds - USA
‘I love how this approach takes the 'natural' behavior of horses and uses that to create a system of management that is as natural as possible for domestic horses. Pure genius. Jane and Stuart know their stuff and are really brilliant at teaching others, true pioneers. I tell everyone who will listen all about them and The Equicentral System.'
Cleo Collins - 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.
Karen Shaw - USA
Keeping horses in this practical way has done wonders for my horses and my land, it has left me feeling really good about what I am doing. I just love all the fabulous, practical information. I keep telling all of my friends about The Equicentral System hoping that they will take up this management system as well.
Jan Woods - AUS
I was unwittingly 'micromanaging' my horses for many years - and their health and the land they live on was getting worse every year. Then I discovered The Equicentral System and we have not looked back since. Why, oh why, do us humans always think we know better than nature? I just love this system of management.