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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:


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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Horses and dung beetles

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Dung beetles - the best thing since sliced bread!

Dung beetles work wonders with your horse manure. We talk about dung beetles in our one day Healthy Land, Healthy Horses talk in the managing manure section, these are just some of their benefits:

1. They dig tunnels that allow air and water into the soil. Because they dig down through the soil so that they can bury their young (along with the manure), the result is channels that let air and water into the soil. Most horse properties have compacted soil so this is an extremely important function.

2. The ground is cleared. Plants are not trapped under manure: Piles of manure no longer sit on the ground surface trapping grass underneath. These piles, if left in place, physically stop the grass from growing in that spot. No longer a problem when you have dung beetles.

3. They take nutrients in the manure down into the soil. The nutrients end up where they are needed by the plants, at the roots level, rather than sitting above the roots. The roots then grow further down, in order to reach the nutrients.

4. They allow the roots of plants to penetrate the soil. The roots of the plants are able to use the channels to send their roots along, this results in bigger healthier plants because the size of a pasture plant is largely determined by its root mass.

5. Fly numbers are reduced. Flies need ‘intact’ wet manure in order to carry out their life cycle, dung beetles take most of the manure (and its moisture) underground and leave behind the fibre which quickly dries out.

6. They reduce the ‘dunging behaviour’ of horses. Horses look for ‘intact’ manure piles to tell them where the ‘roughs’ (toilet areas) are. As manure is not left sitting on the ground surface it is harder for horses to detect the roughs. The result is more even dung distribution in the paddock/field.

7. They reduce parasitic burden of horses. Parasites (worms), just like flies, need ‘intact’ manure in order to carry out their life cycle. The dung beetles take their ‘habitat’ (manure) deep underground which prevents them from pupating to the next stage.

8. They create the right conditions for earthworms. By loosening up the (compacted soil) dung beetles make it easier for earthworms to do their very important job of further improving the soil.

9. They save you time. When dung beetles are working (most areas only have certain seasons where they are working, it depends on your locality) you would be crazy to do anything other than leave your manure where it is, on the land. Dung beetles are the world experts! Nothing you do with manure could come close to what the world experts can do with it! So sit back and enjoy the break.

For further information start by having a look at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dung_beetle

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Dung beetles are very well established in Australia and are well recognised for their benefits:

United Kingdom

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Dung beetles are relatively new to NZ:


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