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What is a Paddock Paradise?

A Paddock Paradise or track system typically follows the perimeter of your field, making a fenced off area that forms a loop.  

Following Jaime Jackson's legendary studies, the Paddock Paradise was created to provide a domesticated horse with the benefits of a natural, species appropriate lifestyle; optimising their overall health physically and mentally. When a horse is on a Paddock Paradise rather than a paddock, they must move to fulfil their daily needs.

'The principal goal of PP is to facilitate health and soundness – both physical and mental – in our horses. In fact, it is an ideal preventative to many of the illnesses and disorders plaguing domestic equines who are forced to live in stalls or other forms of close confinement or, equally hazardous, in lush, sugar-laden grass pastures. In fact, a genuine PP can virtually eliminate the risk of laminitis, colic, Navicular Syndrome, Cushings Syndrome, and other debilitating conditions caused by an unnatural lifestyle and diet.  As well, it allows horses to eat as they do in nature – on the move!' - Paddock Paradise

The 4 Pillars

PB Livery follows The 4 Pillars of Natural Horse Care (NHC), which are the foundations and core beliefs of the Paddock Paradise. The pillars of natural horse care are based on the wild free-roaming horse model of the U.S Great Basin. All 4 of the pillars work together to support each other for the equine - healing and strengthening the horse's body, mind and soul.

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Species Appropriate Diet

Providing a diet that is near to species appropriate and natural as possible - a low sugar, low potassium and high fibre diet with free access to hay and various bushes, trees and herbs. We do not allow our horses to graze lush, rich grass due to it's unsuitability. 

Environment

Understanding the nature of equines and providing them with a mixed herd to encourage natural behaviours and dynamics - no stables, restriction, isolation or paddocks. Wild and free-roaming horses travel up to 25 miles per day. 

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Natural Trim

To understand what a natural hoof is and trimming to replicate what nature would leave and what nature would take. 

Natural Horsemanship

Natural schooling, ridden work and ground work is based on what movements are natural to the horse; nothing is forced.

PB is a Paddock Paradise livery for several reasons. 

  • PP's are ideal for horses or ponies who cannot tolerate any grass, for example horses who suffer from bouts of Laminitis, explode under the saddle, skin conditions, head shaking, twitching etc.

  • They're highly beneficial to horses or ponies who suffer from injuries, tears or Arthritis - issues that would drastically worsen from lack of movement in stalls, stables, small paddocks etc. 

  • They're mentally stimulating! Many horses walk through our doors who suffer from problems such as crib biting, wind sucking and food guarding. Being in a herd in as natural environment as possible allows them to thrive mentally, simply allowing them to be horses. 

  • PP's build and tone muscle - top lines, bottoms and shoulders strengthen naturally without ridden or in hand work.

  • They're the perfect set up for losing weight or any unwanted fat pads! Track systems are ideal for horses with EMS, IRS and so on. 

  • More movement encourages new healthy hoof growth, ideal for horses with Navicular, Laminitis, Thrush and so on.

  • Our horses have the freedom to do as they please - play, eat, drink, snooze, go paddling in the ponds, forage. They have access to everything they need but when they use it is completely up to them. 

Jaime Jackson's Books

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"Welcome to “Paddock Paradise”, natural horse care advocate Jaime Jackson’s ground-breaking adventure in natural boarding for horses! Based on Jackson’s legendary research on wild horses, Paddock Paradise is a revolutionary model for safe, natural horse keeping, hoof care, and the healing and rehabilitation of lame horses. The premise of Paddock Paradise is to stimulate horses to behave and move naturally according to their instincts. “This is the key,” according to Jackson, “to having physically and mentally healthier horses.” This unique and unprecedented model is adaptable to virtually all size horse properties, regardless of climate, and fits all equine breeds regardless of how they are used."

“This book provides a concise and useful guide for horse owners to take immediate and productive action against laminitis and keep it out of their horses’ lives once and for all . . . Nipping away at the edges of the [laminitis] plague, NHC continues to grow with adherents who want nothing better than what is good for their horses. So, the answer lies not in a drug-addicted world of ‘treating symptoms’ but in the holistic fold of equine vitality. There is no shortage of things that we all can, and should, do to support this end: more responsible horse ownership, good science, good research, safe feeds, safe drugs, and a revolutionary new vanguard of allied services that inure to the healthful vitality of the horse, not a perpetual state of laminitis. But we’ll never see any of it, if we persist in the delusion that the current stream of ‘profits at all costs’ — the industrialization of laminitis — equates to the well-being of the horse. It doesn’t, and the intent of this book is to show why, while pointing to a good path to get ourselves and our horses on ‘at all costs’.”

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"Using the tough, polished-looking hooves of the Great Basin mustang as the picture perfect model of health and soundness, wild horse expert and veteran hoof care professional, Jaime Jackson, discovered he could consistently stimulate natural growth patterns in the hooves of domestic horses simply by mimicking the natural wear patterns of these wild, free-roaming equines. Rooted in the fundamental laws of nature, these Guidelines use elements of math, science, art and common sense to provide exact trimming and measuring instructions—and get excellent results!"

Our Track Favourites

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'Designed to stop salt, mineral and supplement licks from disintegrating in the rain, it houses most types of lick, from the house-brick sized ones, through to the Himalayan salt licks and the 10kg blocks.'

We couldn't be without our trusty Lick Safe - with multiple boxes situated around all 3 of our track systems, all our 4 legged residents love them. Not only are they used on a frequent and daily basis, but gone are the days we wasted money buying salt licks or mineral blocks for them to be ruined by the dirt or disintegrated by the rain. Having owned a collection of these for a couple years now, we have never had to replace or repair one and instead, we just keep adding to the collection for more horses to use and enjoy!

Red Horse Products

We use a wide range of Red Horse Products from Field Paste, Artimud and Sole Cleanse to Ear Balm, Honey Heel and Sweet Oil. With Rehabbing horses and ponies with compromised feet, this typically means bouts of Thrush and Abscesses which we treat with a selection of RH Products. Why do we love Red Horse Products? It's simple, RH Products do not contain caustic ingredients or bulky fillers found in many mass marketed products, but instead use ingredients that promote natural growth. 

Field Paste - 'cleanses and conditions the underside of the horse’s foot, helping frogs and soles stay strong and healthy. Its ingredients promote the natural growth of healthy tissue, especially when rubbed well into the surface of the frog. The active agents also help the hoof and frog tissue to toughen without being caustic or damaging.'

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MudControl

 

'Our Mudcontrol slabs are a proven professional system for gateways, paddocks, pathways, parking areas, gardens, tracks, storage areas, driveways and commercial areas.  No more losing the investment you made under a tide of mud, Mudcontrol slabs' unique system ensures that your slabs will give you a solid footing through any weather.'

We are avid users of Mudcontrol slabs and use them throughout our livery - they provide our equines and ourselves with the comfort of mud - free areas during winter. If you're unable to surface your Paddock Paradise or Track System, don't let the mud put your off. We really couldn't be without them, they have been the ultimate game changer. 

Jaime Jackson is a 40-year veteran hoof care professional, author, researcher and noted expert on both wild and domestic horses. A pioneer in the practice of natural horse care, Jaime regularly travelled to the U.S. Great Basin from 1982 to 1986 to spend time observing the horses in their natural environment as well as gathering specific data on their hooves with the assistance of the U.S. government. He first wrote of this in the wake of his wild horse studies in the U.S. Great Basin, in his seminal work, The Natural Horse: Lessons from the Wild, released by Northland Publishing in 1992.

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