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Why The Equicentral System?

by Jane and Stuart Myers - Equiculture

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... 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.

Healthy Land = Healthy Pasture = Healthy Horse = Happy Owner

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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’.

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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  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, Videos and Online Equiculture Course.

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 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. 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)

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