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Stuart - Australia

Jane - UK, then Aus

June 2017 to Oct 2017

Stuart and Jane - UK

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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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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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When we keep horses in captivity compromises have to be made but it is important that none of these compromises are to the environment. The environment, after all, is what provides food and water for all living things. If we attempt to compromise the environment then imbalances occur. The environment relies on complex ecosystems and when gaps occur in these ecosystems then problems develop.



At Equiculture we are strong believers in the need to develop and maintain sustainable horse keeping practices. By doing so horse owners ensure not only the health of the environment but also the ongoing viability of their love of keeping horses. We understand that there are areas of potential conflict between some environmentalists and some horse owners but they need not be. The interests of these groups are not mutually exclusive and in fact can be very compatible indeed. Horse owners need to take responsibility and adopt sustainable practices for their own benefit, the benefit of their horses, their property and the environment as a whole.

In many areas around the world, some local/state or federal authorities are justifiably looking at ways of dealing with irresponsible land management practices adopted by many horse property owners. The current situation is not sustainable and horse owners need to be responsible and take ownership of the environmental issues caused by horsekeeping before the inevitable legislation occurs.

Natural living equines (wild and feral) have access to very large tracts of land, at least several square kilometres and often much, much more, and their normal behaviour reflects this. When we keep horses in captivity they are generally restricted to paddocks/fields that are small (by horse standards). So we have to pro-actively manage domestic horses, in particular some of their behaviours that can cause damage to the land. These behaviour only occur because they are being kept as domestic animals, but they still need to be managed. We can show you how to do that without causing them stress.

Twenty first century horse management need not be detrimental to the environment or the horse. Creating horse and property care systems, that once established are easy to manage in terms of time and expense, can not only enrich the lifestyle of your horses but are less damaging and can actually enhance the environment - a true win - win situation.

Adopting sustainable management practices has many benefits leading to cost saving benefits, healthier horses, more diverse and productive pasture and a more aesthetically pleasing property. In turn this property will be worth more.  

A sustainable horse property has minimal impact on the surrounding environment and any impact should aim to enhance rather than be detrimental to the environment as a whole.

This means protecting waterways and grassland flora and fauna, increasing biodiversity (increasing flora and fauna species) and in particular providing or encouraging habitat for native wildlife.



Let us consider just one of the benefits of a sustainable horse property - increased biodiversity. In a natural living scenario a horse is free to browse and graze on a wide variety of grasses, shrubs and other plants. In doing so the horse ingests a wide range of foodstuffs which contain a variety of nutritional benefits.

If instead we keep our horse in an overgrazed paddock/field which contains only one or two species of grass (those types that are able to maintain themselves during overgrazing for example Couch Grass) the horse can then become deficient in essential nutrients. Expensive supplementary feed is then required in order for the horse to get a balanced diet. By increasing biodiversity we simultaneously provide healthier feed for our horses and increase habitat for wildlife.

Horses can actually be good for the environment. In Europe there are now many projects that use horses (often alongside cattle) to recreate biodiversity.  See below for some interesting links.


Conservation/sustainable grazing 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.

We are constantly increasing our own knowledge about how horses can live sustainably in harmony with the environment and will continue to share this information with you on this website, on Facebook etc., through our books and via our workshops/talks.

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