Our rough itinerary for the next year or so…

Oct 2016 to Dec 2016

Stuart - Australia

Jane - UK

Feb 2017 to May 2017

Stuart - Australia

Jane - UK, then Aus for 5 weeks, then back to UK

May 2017 to Oct 2017

Stuart and Jane - UK

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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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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 manure

Some useful links to further information about horses and manure - composting in particular. Also have a look at the pages on:

Horses and Dung Beetles

Horses and Chickens

Horses and Vermicompost


Does horse manure pose a significant risk to human health? www.bayequest.info/static/pdf/manure.pdf


A very useful PDf from Pennsylvania State University www.extension.psu.edu/books/ub035

Horse manure management and composting - Betsy Wieland, University of Minnesota Extension www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/horse/care/horse-manure/

Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut - How to Properly Manage Manure http://animalscience.uconn.edu/extension/publications/manuremanagement.htm

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Extension - Horse Manure https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/406/406-208/406-208.html

Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing Operations - Best Management Practices (BMPs) – advice about various subjects including water and manure management www.epa.gov/agriculture/anprgbmp.html

Manure Management for Small and Hobby Farms http://nerc.org/documents/manure_management/manure_management_handbook.pdf

United Kingdom

Keeping horses on farms guidance note - UK Government www.gov.uk/keeping-horses-on-farms

Cotswolds conservation board equine guidance note www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/cotswolds-waste-management.pdf


Horses, land and water - community of practice information www.horseslandwater.com/paddock/manure


Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Manure Storages for Small to Medium Size Horse Farms http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/07-045.htm

British Columbia ManureMaiden.com is the official website of the Horse Manure Composting Program run by Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) www.manuremaiden.com/

BC Agricultural Composting Handbook www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/ES/solid_waste/BCAgCompostHandbook1998.pdf

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