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:


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 vermicomposting

For some general information about Vermicomposting have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermicompost

The worms used for this process are a specific type of earthworm.

A must read on this subjectb is this excellent (free) PDF book Manual of On-Farm Vermicomposting and Vermiculture By Glenn Munroe - Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada www.oacc.info/docs/vermiculture_farmersmanual_gm.pdf

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This is the author’s website. Alternative Organic International Inc. s a Nova Scotia company specializing in adding value to organic-waste resources through composting and vermicomposting. The site provides information on some of the leading-edge research being conducted in Nova Scotia on vermicomposting and on the use of worms as part of filter systems for leachate.

www.atlanticcountrycomposting.com Atlantic Country Composting is a farm-based business in Nova Scotia. They produce compost from paper-mill sludge using a windrow system and certified-organic vermicompost from manure, bark, and seaweed.

www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~soilecol/index.html This is the home page of the Soil Ecology Centre of Ohio State University. This is the Centre led by Dr. Clive Edwards, probably the world’s leading authority on vermicomposting. The site includes many scientific papers that can be downloaded free of charge. This is a non-commercial site.

www.jollyfarmer.com Jolly Farmer is a plant nursery in New Brunswick that produces certified-organic vermicompost and compost tea. They also sell bait worms.

www.linksorganic.com/uk/links_redirect.asp?ID=2850 This is the site of Ogopogo Worm Farm in BC. They produce vermicompost for use on vineyards and golf courses. They also raise bait worms. A good example of a Canadian “worm farm”.

www.vermico.com Peter Bogdanov is the Editor of both Casting Call and Worm Digest (see Books & periodicals, above). In addition, VermiCo sells many different industry-related products and organizes yearly seminars on Best Practices in Vermicomposting. A good site to get an overview of the commercial side of vermicomposting.

www.vermitech.com This is the site of an Australian company that uses a flow-through digester system to vermicompost sewage sludge. They have also done, in OACC Manual of On-Farm Vermicomposting and Vermiculture Page B2 Appendix B association with local universities, considerable research into the value of worm castings and specifically their product Bioverm. The site is a good one for information on the technology and the products.

www.vermitechnology.com A U.S. company that has been in the vermiculture and vermicomposting business for many years. Informative website.

www.wormsargentina.com Vermicomposting is a rapidly growing industry in Argentina. This website provides some good information, in both Spanish and English, on techniques used in that country and on the uses they have for the product.

www.wormdigest.org The home site of the Worm Digest quarterly magazine. See Books & Periodicals above.

www.wormresearchcentre.co.uk The Worm Research Centre in England is a project of The Open University and has several corporate sponsors. They have conducted several major studies on vermicomposting and the reports are available on-line at no charge. They have plans to continue their research indefinitely, so this is an important site for those interested in the on-going development of commercial vermicomposting. This is a non-commercial site.

www.wormwigwam.com This is the site of one of the original commercial flow-through vermicomposting systems. Good information on these systems and their prices.

www.wormwoman.com This is the site of Mary Appelhof – the Worm Woman – who is the author of “Worms Eat My Garbage”, the classic little book on vermicomposting that has now sold over 35,000 copies worldwide. Ms Appelhof puts out a WormEzine (subscription is free) that covers interesting happenings in the international world of worms. She also has lots of information and products relating to the education of children regarding the environment and vermicomposting in particular.

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