Our rough itinerary for the next year or so…

Feb 2017 to May 2017

Stuart - Australia

Jane - UK, then Aus

June 2017 to Oct 2017

Stuart and Jane - UK

Oct 2017 to Dec 2017

Stuart - Australia + New Zealand

Jane - UK, then Aus, then NZ

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Learn how to improve your balance so that you feel more secure when riding. This book is the second in this series and it shows you how to increase your balance. It contains 18 lessons for you to follow in your own time.

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What a simple way to improve balance, I now teach this method to all of my students, from beginners to advanced. Fiona, Toronto, Canada

I am now much closer to achieving a truly ‘independent seat’. Feeling secure and confident. Bring on the next book! Megan, Cambridge, UK

This book is very easy to follow and has saved me money. My own instructor is great but she does not cover these fundamental basics. Thank you Jane for making it so easy to improve my riding, Jan. Kent, UK

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Our books have lots of information about sustainable horsekeeping practices:

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Horse keeping has changed dramatically in the last 30 to 40 years and there are many new challenges facing contemporary horse owners. The modern domestic horse is now much more likely to be kept for leisure purposes than for work and this can have huge implications on the health and well-being of our horses and create heavy demands on our time and resources.

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In an ideal world, most horse owners would like to have healthy nutritious pastures on which to graze their horses all year round. Unfortunately, the reality for many horse owners is far from ideal. However, armed with a little knowledge it is usually possible to make a few simple changes in your management system to create an environment which produces healthy, horse friendly pasture, which in turn leads to healthy ‘happy’ horses.

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It does not matter if you are buying an established horse property, starting with a blank canvas or modifying a property you already own; a little forward planning can ensure that your dream becomes your property. Good design leads to better living and working spaces and 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.

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Buying a horse property might be one of the most expensive purchases you ever make - so it is vital that you get it right. This book will guide you through the process, wherever you live in the world.

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I wish this book had been out when I bought my first horse property, it would have saved me a lot of anguish. I love the check list and I am using it as we look for our next property. Vicky, Texas, USA

This book has brought up so many points that I just would not have thought about if I had not read it. Thanks a million! Bob, Nottingham, UK

So many great pictures and such a straightforward way of explaining how to work out what is important, and what is not. Kirsty, Geelong, Australia

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Grass/pasture/land management information links

This page has links to grass/pasture/land management information websites in various regions of the world including Australia, NZ, UK, USA and Canada.

Some of these links are to horse specific information and some are not - because sometimes the information you requite does not yet exist in a horse specific context. Therefore you need to keep in mind that information for cattle and sheep will be geared towards ‘high productivity’ (meaning high energy feed stuffs for creating meat, milk or fibre)  whereas, generally speaking, we do not want ‘high productivity’ feedstuffs for horses (because they are are rarely working hard enough to warrant high energy feed).

Grass/pasture/land management sites - International, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, USA.

Conservation/sustainable grazing projects using equines

International

Tropical Forages has produced a fabulous site called Tropical Forages: An Interactive Selection Tool

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) promotes Sustainable Intensification of Crop Production. This site has a wonderful Grasslands Species Profiles section

New Crop Resource Online Program (NewCROP) - is an information-rich site related to crop plants.

Holistic Management International www.holisticmanagement.org is a whole-farm planning system that benefits the land, animals, and people.

FRANCE - Marthe Kiley-Worthington, scientist and author of books about horse behaviour and welfare. Now runs an Eco Farm and Research Centre in France www.eco-etho-recherche.com.

Australia

The Australian Herbage Plant Cultivars website.

Queensland Department of Primary Industries website has a good section on pasture grasses including information on native pasture and on horses and pasture.

The Tropical Grassland Society of Australia website.

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries website has a good section on pasture grasses and their management.

New South Wales Flora Online - PlantNET - The Plant Information Network System of the Botanic Gardens.

Pastures Australia www.pasturepicker.com.au.

Australia is the home of Permaculture. This website is a good place to start looking at this now huge worldwide movement www.holmgren.com.au

Horses, land and water is an Australian website about caring for your land and your horses www.horseslandwater.com

Equine Permaculture www.equinepermaculture.com a new site that has information about horses and permaculture.

Landcare Australia www.landcareonline.com.au is an amazing grass roots movement that harnesses individuals and groups under the ethic of caring for the land. Australia now has several equine specific Landcare groups, including the (Victorian) Yarra Valley Equestrian Landcare Group facebook page

Greening Australia www.greeningaustralia.org.au Greening Australia has a world of ways to address critical environment issues.

New Zealand

Landcare New Zealand www.landcare.org.nz The trust works with farmers, landowners and community groups to improve the sustainability of the landscapes and waterways.

The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Te Ara -  offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It has a pastures section

United Kingdom

The British Grassland Society is a membership organisation which acts as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage www.britishgrassland.com

Environment Agency www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. www.naturalengland.org.uk

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

National charity devoted to protecting and enhancing rural England. Encourages the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country www.cpre.org.uk/

Ecological Restoration - promotes the restoration of wild plants and habitats for the benefit of biodiversity, landscapes and people in town and countryside. www.ecologicalrestoration.org.uk

Kent Downs AONB has a Managing Land for Horses section www.kentdowns.org.uk/ManagingLandforHorses and you can download various publications on the page.

Surrey County Council Horse Pasture Management Project - This is Britain's first and only Council supported on-line resource providing horse-keepers with advice on how pastures can be managed not only for the well-being of grazing equines, but also for the benefit of the landscape, environment and wildlife - lots of downloadable advice on this site www.surreycc.gov.uk/Horsepastmanproject

Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Guidance on Keeping Horses in the Landscape www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk

Canada

The University of Guelph www.equineguelph.ca has a Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses equine stewardship program which addresses specific challenges and opportunities facing the expanding equine community.

USA

Sustainable Stables www.sustainablestables.com is an organization of equestrian and environmental professionals dedicated to sustainable, environmentally-sensitive horsekeeping.

Horses for Clean Water www.horsesforcleanwater.com reading Alayne Bickle’s work was one of the driving forces behind my interest in sustainable horse management.

The Quivira Coalition "The mission of The Quivira Coalition is to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes through education, innovation, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship."

BEHAVE is a research and outreach program that explores the principles of animal behavior. Our primary focus is on diet and habitat selection of livestock.. www.extension.usu.edu/behave

Conservation/sustainable grazing projects using equines

UK - See the following link for a whole (GAP) newsletter edition about about using ponies for conservation grazing in the UK www.grazingadvicepartnership.org.uk

USA - A couple of links to articles about using grazing horses to create new soil and pasture Horse hooves stimulate desirable vegetation and Improving a small acreage with three horses.  

UK - The Wicken Fen Conservation Grazing Project using Konik Ponies and Highland Cattle by Carol Laidlaw the conservation grazing warden.


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Hi there, we now have a brand new website - can you please go to www.equiculture.net - where you will receive - COMPLETELY FREE the 3 part  (¾ hour) video series called Horse Grazing Characteristics.