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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Your horse property

A horse property varies in scale and infrastructure. It can range from being simply a paddock/field to having a large variety of facilities such stables, shelters, arenas/training yards, a horse wash etc.

Wherever your property is in this large range, any facilities you have should be used within a system that enhances both the user friendliness of the property, ensures that any pasture is efficiently managed, has the welfare of the horses as high priority and takes care of the wider environment.

One of the most important points to consider is how you plan to look after your pasture and how the infrastructure you have, or plan to have, can help you with this.

Unless you have a large amount of land available to you and only a small number of horses (not a common situation), you will need somewhere to ‘hold your horses’.

These holding areas can be used to assist in maintaining your pasture. Well draining, surfaced yards are an absolute boon on a horse property.  There are always times when the land is too dry or too wet. By having good holding yards (or indeed one large communal yard - which can double up as a riding surface if required) the horses can be removed from the pasture when it is necessary for the sake of the pasture or the sake of their health (although we do not advocate simply locking horses up and ’starving’ horses as a management strategy for obesity them - beside the welfare issues this just makes them gorge when they are let back out to the pasture again).

Utilising holding yards has many other spin offs such as the fact that skin conditions (i.e. greasy heel) become a thing of the past. These yards need a shade/shelter so that they can be used at any time of the day or night and whatever the weather.

You may also need somewhere to ride and/or train your horse/s. This holding yard can be used for that too with a little thought and planning if you wish.

These holding yards can then be integrated into a system such as

The Equicentral System

or, they be used as part of a ‘traditional’ horsekeeping system or indeed whatever system you choose.


Buying a horse property is probably the most expensive and important purchase you will ever make. Therefore, it is very important that you get it right. There are many factors to consider and there may be compromises that have to be made. This guide to buying a horse property will help you to make many of those very important decisions.

Decisions include factors such as whether to buy developed or undeveloped land? Whether to buy a smaller property nearer the city or a larger property in a rural area?

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We will be expanding this section of the website with articles about all sorts of horse property related subjects - keep in touch!

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