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Bamroc's Owner, Gilli

This yard look after pony and owner. If there was an option to move in, I’d be there. Simply put I searched and viewed many places to find the right place. Most are interested in how they meet your needs as the owner, at PB the horse is first and the owner second. Refreshing and knowledgeable. The Best Care any pony can have.

Sophie's Owner, Sandi

So happy to have found PB for our Sophie. Their care and attention is excellent. We spent along time looking for a suitable livery when we moved to Stafford. Sophie had been used to full time field access and hated being stabled. We were not particularly looking for a track system, not knowing much about it, but it suits Sophie very well. We had always managed her diet by strip grazing, but it was a challenge! She has been at PB for just over a year and is happy, healthy and looks younger. We couldn't be more happy with her care.

Pops' Owner, Dawn

My horse was on grass retirement livery and although happy he was struggling with foot abscesses and mild low grade laminitis. After 12 months, I spoke in depth with Alyson and despite the long distance from me I made the tough decision to move him to PB. He has now been there 5 months and has never been better in retirement. He is exceptionally well cared for but is given full space and freedom to just be a horse. His problems have disappeared and his feet are massively improved. I can see when I visit he is so chilled out and content. The owners and staff at PB are professional and committed at all times and in all weathers, whilst always retaining a sense of humour. Their extensive knowledge and use of other like minded professionals makes it an excellent home for any horse. I would highly recommend PB Livery and a paddock paradise way of living in general.

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Tara Aldwin, Managing Laminitis & EMS Online Course

I have just finished the managing Laminitis and EMS course ran by PB and it was really informative. Small groups with plenty of opportunity for discussion and learning. The sooner we can have all horses (not just those with grass issues) managed in a species appropriate way (friends forage freedom), the happier our horses will be and the fewer issues they will have. Thanks PB!

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Dawn Jamieson, Managing Laminitis & EMS Online Course

I recently completed the laminitis and EMS course. I’d highly recommend this course. I was very informative and with the numbers of attendees being limited it meant lots of time for interaction. It was good to be able to discuss your own horse and also hear from the other horse owners.

Tess's Owner, Hayley

Highly recommend.

My horse moved onto track from being on a traditional livery yard where she had to wear a muzzle because of her weight and she always suffered with the condition of her feet.

Since moving to track life her health has improved so much, she has gained much needed muscle and her feet are already showing signs of improving in a short period of time.

They offer support and advice which is really appreciated as my horse suffered with health problems previously and it has helped understand these problems and understand her behaviours and how much grass had affected her in behaviour and body wise.

I truly recommend track life to anyone considering it or wanting to do it, I wish I had done it sooner.

Couldn't recommend this yard enough, it's family run and they are all so lovely and my horse couldn't be happier.

Raffle's Owner, Ange

My horse moved onto the track 11 weeks ago from a traditional livery yard where fortunately he was able to live out and he was already barefoot. I'd successfully managed his weight muzzling him. Any owner who has had to muzzle knows how difficult (and expensive) it is to find one that fits well and doesn't rub. I wasn't happy to use one, but needs must and despite having metabolic signs, such as a cresty neck, fat pads (although he was no longer fat) and filled orbital cavities, he'd avoided ever getting laminitis. I'd worry when the spring grass came through, when it was frosty and when the grass was short and stressed during summer periods without rain, all year round basically!


After attending PB's open day last summer, me and my friend knew that we wanted track life for our horses. When PB announced they were starting a ridden livery, we were on the waiting list straight away!

My horse settled in immediately, although I was expecting him to gorge on the adlib hay and I expected him to put weight on initially whilst he regulated his hay intake. I've been really surprised to see that he hasn't piled on the weight, and it is obvious when riding him that his fitness has increased, just from the movement he gets on the track.

Within a couple of weeks his metabolic signs had disappeared. The cresty neck and the fat pads have gone and for the first time in the 10 years I have owned him, his orbital cavities are sunken. I no longer have to worry about laminitis, EMS and other health issues, not to mention obesity caused by grass, my horse is happy being a horse where he can interact with his own species and enjoy activities such as mutual grooming, now he doesn't have to wear a muzzle. He has developed more of a personality and is more affectionate. I've also noticed that he's stopped pulling a face when I fastened his girth, something he'd always done.

He also has a happy owner who knows that PB care about his wellbeing as much as I do. Everyone here, owners and fellow liveries believe that this is the best way to keep horses and it is so refreshing not being the odd one out on a yard because we do things a little differently. It is clear that this isn't just a business for PB, they really do care about the horses in their care.

The hacking is lovely, safe and peaceful.

For anyone struggling to manage weight or health, I'd recommend that you come and look at what's on offer and speak to the owners, you won't be disappointed! Come to the open day, see what it's all about, why grass isn't necessary, or even good for your horse and maybe this time next year, you'll be a livery too!

Dun's Owner, Kerry

Team PB are truly amazing! My horse and his buddy were the first to join The woodland "ridden" track and it was the best decision I ever made.

Team PB go above and beyond to ensure my horse is living his best life, nothing is too much. My horse was grass affected, he was overweight, he had separation issues and was incredibly anxious. 9 weeks later, he is a different horse. He looks and feels amazing. If anyone is thinking about it - Move to track, you won't look back! Thank you PB team for allowing us to be apart of your wonderful family.

Dante's Owner, Kelly

This place really is paradise. Family run and all the horses are treated just like they are part of their family. Pb are also incredibly knowledgeable so I know my boy is in the best hands. Highly Highly recommended.

The team love each horse like its their own and really do go above and beyond to make sure our horses have the best possible care. They are Hardworking and dedicated and I wouldn't have my boy anywhere else. I've never been one to trust anyone looking after my horse in the past so did everything myself but I have 110% trust in these guys; I have no problem with him being 2 hours away from me. I get updates regularly and visit when I can. He is the happiest and healthiest he has ever been

Louie's owner - Pam

I had tried to manage my spooky grass affected horse for a while, but he became worse & rather dangerous to ride. Luckily PB had a space & could take him for rehabilitation. Now barefoot and living mainly on meadow hay, his feet have improved, muscle tension has reduced, and hopefully his brain will be calmer when he comes back into work. Alyson & the team are very knowledgeable, and are totally focused on the horses' needs. All the horses on the track are relaxed and happy. Having kept horses by 'traditional' methods previously, track life has been an eye opener for me, and I am so glad I found out about PB.

Barney and Gus' owners - Kelly and Leanne

I highly recommend PB livery to anyone struggling with their horses health. Our 2, Gus and Barney have been there for almost 12 months now. Barney was suffering with chronic laminitis EMS and PPID. I struggled for months to manage his symptoms but needed to get him off grass completely. The move to PB was the best decision and I believe it saved Barneys life, he began to rapidly recover in their care, you can check out his story on their page or website. They have also helped our other horse Gus with his extreme anxiety and social issues, track life benefits all horses in my opinion! PB have gone above and beyond for my horses and I couldn’t be more thankful. They have taught us so much that we will be able to carry on when the boys come home. Amazing people at the leading edge of holistic horse care, 5 stars is not enough! Thank you to all at PB!

Ailbe's owner - Emma

From the first conversation I had with Alyson I knew that PB was the place for Ailbe. When I visited the track it only confirmed this, all the horses were so content and well cared for, it really is a paradise for them! Alyson, Julian, Maddie and Lewis have been nothing but lovely, so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do and this is reflected in all the happy horses at the track. When we dropped Ailbe off they spent over an hour with us showing us round again and watching the herd settle and reshuffle. It was fascinating and we could’ve stayed all day just watching them! It meant the world to me to spend that time and watch him settle, it helped me settle my own head and heart to leaving him! I’ve been to visit Ailbe since and he is so settled and relaxed. I trust Alyson and her family implicitly, and can go away on my travels safe in the knowledge my boy is being cared for and loved. Thank you to the whole PB team.

Fergus' owner - Sue

Fergus had been on and off Laminitic since the passing of his field mate when his world was turned upside down, diagnosed ems and on and off box rest for 12 months, we were running out of options, we knew that the way he was living was wrong, stuck in a box, limited food and no socialisation with other ponies.. we knew the solution was definitely no grass and lots of movement but didn't know of anywhere that could cater for his needs. One day we thought we would just Google track livery and see.. we found PB only 20 minutes from home!! After a phone call and visit with Alyson we knew we had to move him to PB and within a month he was on rehabilitation livery. Eight months on we now have a sound happy relaxed pony who is living free range in a herd with all the food he wants. Thanks to Alyson and her family with there expert care and knowledge Fergus now has a future which was a major doubt this time last year. Can not tell you how happy it makes us to see him living his retirement so naturally in such a calm relaxed purpose built environment for his needs. Thank you Sharpe family.

Fleur's owner - Nicky

Having been interested in track systems for a while I was keen to visit when I heard about PB. From my first visit I knew I would be making the right move for Fleur, Alyson & her families knowledge, passion & love for the horses was obvious and I knew she’d be cared for like one of their own. Fleur settled into the herd straight away, she is so happy and chilled. I love visiting her and just watching how content all the horses are together. Thanks so much to you all.

Cindy's owner - Max

We have taken our mare to PB Barefoot to retire. she settled in straight away and is so chilled and relaxed, would highly recommend them

Rocky's owner - Kate

I’ve been to visit my boy Rocky today. He’s chilled, happy and looking good. He loves it here and because of the grass free environment he is doing splendidly without the dreaded Prascend. If you’re looking for somewhere to send your laminitic/metabolic syndrome/Cushing’s horse or pony then look no further. Rocky had to live on his own before so I could manage his grass intake but now he is part of a herd who range freely around the track system. I don’t live in dread of finding him leaning back on his heels or depressed at lack of horsey company. I’m secure in the knowledge that he’s loved and well cared for and I can visit him any time. I can highly recommend PB. Thank you Alyson , Maddie, Julian and Lewis.

Mist & Luna's owner - Alex

My ponies and I had struggled to stay healthy in various rented fields trying to use track principles but never able to get rid of grass. I knew they would benefit from being in a herd on a track and when ill health made diy almost impossible I took them to PB. It was supposed to be an interim measure while I recovered and found somewhere to keep them nearer home but that was two years ago. They have done so well there, stable weight fantastic feet happy and relaxed that I can’t move them unless I can replicate what they have here. Alyson does a fantastic job and I have seen other horses rehab on the tracks sometimes nothing short of miraculous. Highly recommend.

Pixie's owner - Carla

This amazing place has been home for my horse for a couple of years now. I never have to worry about her, she is looked after beautifully and in keeping with a natural life that I am sure she would choose for herself. She previously suffered with swollen knees and stiffness but since she has been on a track, on the right diet and constantly moving with her friends she has been absolutely fine. It’s a huge relief to know that she is looked after and loved as I work full time and have commitments that mean I cannot give her what she needs. It’s equine heaven and most of the time I wish I was a horse there.

Jesse's owner - Lisa

My pony has been part of my daughter's and my own life for 15 years. We have both enjoyed many hours riding her, grooming her and caring for her and she has enhanced our life no end. When it was no longer possible to ride her, some said, she has become too expensive to keep and we should think of having her put down. I was deeply upset by these comments, she deserved the very best care in her old age, yet old as she is, she is still a beautiful, majestic, loving animal. It was at this point Alyson, Julian & Maddie came into our lives and gave her the chance to live out her days in beautiful, caring surroundings.....a place where she can just go back to been 'a horse' again. I couldn't wish for better and although we don't get to see her as often as we would like, she is happy and well cared for and we couldn't wish for anything more.

Pi's previous owner - Emily

Alyson, Maddie, Julian and Lewis are among the most trustworthy people I have ever met and I could not think of anyone I would rather entrust Pi’s care with. They are always at the end of the phone to answer any silly questions I have about Pi, but I also know I can leave them to look after him like the Prince he is, which is so important to me when I have to work away from home a lot! Pi looks the best he ever has, and is coming back into work with no stress or drama at all! I am a complete track systems convert thanks to PB livery, and wouldn’t want my horses looked after any other way! Thanks guys.

Bob's owner - Christine

My Bob the Cob went to PB on January the 10th 2021, mainly for retirement livery due to a chronic stifle injury but also he was overweight. I was so happy for him as he had had laminitis before he was mine and there were no local facilities where he could be within a herd but be restricted from too much grass. At PB, he could have lots of company but without the risk of laminitis.

Within a couple of months he looked fabulous, he'd lost his excess weight and was so calm and settled. I know that it was the perfect place for Bob and would thoroughly recommend PB Retirement and Rehabilitation for your horse or pony.

Guy's owner - Kotti

My horse has benefitted hugely from his time at PB. He arrived with an SI problem , unlevel and tight in his body. He had had numerous therapies training regimes and remedial shoeing. The vet had nothing to offer and I had given up. He loved the life and over time developed strength from the movement promoted by the track and hills and the rebalancing of his now barefoot hooves. He has returned home sound and strong. We are forever grateful, thank you so much.

Sassy's owner - Kelly

My mare Sassy came down with lami in 2018 and later in 2019 developed further acute lameness in her right fore. She was extremely sore. Vets treatment didn’t work, I felt it was a loosing battle. 7 months On from the lami diagnosis after Trawling through thousands - literally! of websites, blogs, vlogs and Facebook groups, I finally made contact with Georgie from Hoof Matters. I will never forget the night we started speaking because she gave me hope. After reading books on track systems recommended by Georgie I just knew that I had to try it for my girl. I found PB which is 60 miles from home and asked them if Sassy could go for 6 months. I visited beforehand to make sure I was happy with what I saw, I mean my mare is so precious to me - I’m not gonna send her anywhere that I’m not happy with. Alyson showed me round and I felt confident that I could let this woman I had only just met have my pride and joy off me for 6 months. The first couple weeks I can’t lie I felt sick with worry. But I visited after 2 weeks and I immediately became calm. She was happy and settled. Alyson and team kept me updated on her progress, Georgie let me know how her feet were recovering and I visited several more times during her stay. Each visit I recorded her hoof progress and the change is incredible. Sassy ended up staying there for longer than planned due to a job change during the winter for me and it made more sense to keep her at PB as I would not have had the time to dedicate to her, again Alyson was very accommodating and gave me no pressure for a return date. I’ve had Sassy back for a couple of weeks now and she is very chilled and feels sound although I’ve only ridden her once so far it felt amazing to be back onboard. I would recommend PB to anyone considering sending their horses to a track and if you’re not sure visit first and see for yourself, I know you will be impressed. I would like to thank Alyson and gang for the last 10 months and wish them continued success for the future. The picture are from Sassy's feet, the first is before she went and last was when she came home, they are in chronological order.

Photos can be found on Sassy's rehab case on the website. 

Anonymous - 

My horses recently had an 8 month stay at PB. Both were overweight, one borderline EMS, and I was reassured and confident from the first meeting that the team at PB knew exactly what they were doing and they’d be in good hands. It was incredibly hard to leave them at first but I had regular updates and was able to visit whenever I wanted to. The PB team also cater for worried, anxious owners (!) and are genuinely lovely people I will miss a lot. Both my horses lost the weight they needed to, fat pads disappeared and I took home two healthy, happy and slim horses who are now enjoying their own track. I learnt so much from being at PB and will be forever grateful I found them.

Mitch, Track Talk - 

This family is driven by such a pure love of horses as well as the desire to educate people to question the status quo in an industry that is lightyears behind. Their expertise and generosity are absolute gifts to us horse owners and I am so grateful to have discovered them as they are part of a much needed revolution. Thank you for your outstanding work, I truly hope to be able to come to the UK to visit your track as you are an amazing inspiration!

Maria, Track Consultation - 

I feel ashamed to say I lost my young horse to laminitis this year, will never know if it was the Spring grass or something else, but I’m not taking any chances. Having researched a more natural way for horses to live with us I found PB Paddock Paradise. What a revelation! Went to visit and was blown away by how calm and happy the horses were. They had plenty of access to hay and wonderful tracks to travel along in their relaxed herds. From the first phone call to Maddie and meeting Alyson, Julian and Lewis, a dedicated family team, they were all so warm and welcoming and offered heaps of information and experience it was hard not to be impressed. Alyson talked straight which was exactly what I was looking for and with their support I am converting to barefoot and creating our own track system, I can’t wait. I am full of excitement for our horses to live more naturally and healthily together and so grateful to have seen first hand the magic of a track system thanks to PB Barefoot Rehab & Retirement Paddock Paradise.

Susan, Open Day 2022 -

I have been following PB for a few months after seeing a few of their posts. I was intrigued what this track system was all about so, when I saw PB doing an open day I jumped at the chance & booked 2 tickets.

Dragging my daughter along for support. I have to confess as someone who suffers with anxiety, I nearly didn't go. The thought of being judged by others or asking a "silly" question terrified me, especially as I'm a newbie to the horse world of only about 5yrs. We all know how toxic the horse world can be, especially if you think differently to the norm on a typical yard with many owners who've been doing the horsey thing 30+ years right. But as a newbie I felt something wasn't quite right and are those horses happy? Oops gone a little off track so to speak, back to PB.


From the moment we arrived we were welcomed, everyone was friendly & happy to talk & discuss. Alyson has a no-nonsense approach and straight talking, everything she and the team do is for the horses/ponies & their welfare & happiness, not the owners. Alyson was very informative from how it all started, what works and doesn't work and continual evolving track. All the family and staff work extremely hard each with their own area of expertise all willing to share knowledge. You only have to look at PB's residents to see how happy and contented they are...proofs in the pudding so to speak.

Georgie from Hoof Matters was passionate, informative & knowledgeable. Sue from Calm Healthy Horses was equally passionate, informative & knowledgeable. Both having a unique understanding of their area of expertise & how all 3 (track, diet, trim) are vital to one another.

We learnt so much in one day. We had a lovely lunch provided all in a recycle packaging to my eco daughter's delight & afternoon tea & cake all in the company of like minded people. We went away with a goody bag armed with correct positive information. My daughter questioning certain points in time with her own horse. We talked all the way home & my partner had ear ache by the following morning, I just couldn't stop talking about it. I even spoke to the yard owner. Sadly he dismissed it saying it's just a gimmick. How can something that has positive, verified results and goes some way to replicating what horses do in the wild since the beginning of time be a gimmick. We must remain open to & acceptance to learning, otherwise we will cease to exist as the human race that are entrusted with the care of another beating heart.

Well Alyson/team, Georgie & Sue you have 2 more who are convinced this is the right way. Thank you for sharing your wisdom & knowledge what amazing day.

Anonymous - 

Sooooo November 2019 after a 40 year break (yes 40 years!) & after saving for 5 years I bought my beautiful mare. She came from a lovely home where she ran free with all her friends amongst the mountains. I took her to a livery with a specific turnout regime & lush grass - hence the problems began - ulcers, ems, laminitis & psd were just a few of the problems which presented through this lifestyle for my beloved pony. Fast forward and after contacting Sue Dawson at calm healthy horses UK for advice and transitioning to their products there was a vast improvement, however the lush grass was still the problem. March 2021 I moved my pony to PB paradise livery…. After a few months my beautiful pony began to gain her personality back - lots of movement, a herd all around her, a shelter to rest if she needed. The increased movement along with regular barefoot trimming & calm healthy horses products started our recovery journey. She loved her freedom and friends & loved it when new hay arrived too! PB was a complete game changer for my pony - she was living as she did before and was much happier…. The moral of this story (still work in progress) - surround yourself with kind experts & reap their knowledge, listen to your horse & give them the freedom and movement they deserve in a natural environment.

Kelly, Webinar -

I had the pleasure of watching the replay of the Barefoot Rehab talk this morning. Very knowledgeable hosts. The talk confirmed a few things for me but there were also several light bulb moments. Unfortunately I am nowhere near this wonderful looking yard, but those who are are incredibly lucky. Hopefully more and more Paddock Paradise livery yards will pop up as time goes on. Our horses need them.

Thank you PB for holding the talk.

Karen, Track Talk -

Been following PB for quite a while and just come off a very informative and useful track talk webinar about enrichment. Well done it was great and I totally recommend joining future events.

Sara, personal review - 

I have known Alyson for years and would, without question, trust her with any and all of my horses and ponies. They have a sensible and caring approach to be care of their horses and have an abundance of knowledge in all aspects of equine management.

Inca and Oscar's owner - Claudia 

I am an equine coach in the process of building my business and an appropriate space to keep my assistant coaches (my horses) in the best possible environment to allow them to help people in the best way they can.

I first spoke to Alyson in early January having reached wits end at the constant lameness of my 10 year old American quarter horse. Having got over a tendon tear and various other lameness issues the vet had then suggested she was verging on being laminitic. As well as this, I was totally sure that she was as depressed and fed up as me and her highly domesticated lifestyle was contributing to her lameness. Not prepared to go through any more box rest or further restrictions (food, turnout, other horses) again I started desperately looking for another way! I found the barefoot Facebook page and a number of track liveries offering rehab and quickly realised this was the sort of thing she needed. I also have a rescue racehorse who I believed could do with some of his own rehab in a more psychological sense and the idea of natural living looked like it would suit both of them for different reasons. At this time I contacted 2 or 3 track liveries with an ideal scenario that they were as near to me as possible, however for various reasons it was Alyson’s wonderful PB Livery that ended up being my place of choice some 200 miles away. From my first discussion with Alyson I knew that this was the place my horses would be going, I explained the entire situation and she spent a (very) long time on the phone to me (having responded to my query in a matter of a couple of hours) explaining exactly what she thought may be the problem and how we could look at solutions by sending my horses to her livery. She also recommended I go away and read Jaimie Jackson’s ground breaking Paddock Paradise to get an idea of the reason behind the system and also gave me both Georgie Harrisons details (her trusty barefoot trimmer who has had the privilege of training with Jaimie) and other liveries for me to contact for references. This was early January and, as is often the case in serendipitous moments such as these she had two places coming up on early March which sounded perfect. She also invited me to visit any time to see how it works and how the horses are. And so in mid January on a biting cold Saturday morning I arrived at PB Livery to experience the track. Following weeks of heavy rain it was a pretty flooded affair but that didn’t stop me knowing instantly it was right!! The horses were living as horses, the environment was wild and natural and Alyson’s knowledge and expertise gave me the validation I needed that my horses would be fine here.

Fast forward to the end of January and my mare had another reaction that appeared to be verging on a laminitic attack and at my wits end I messaged Alyson to see if they could come earlier as I couldn’t face putting her through any more restricted grazing and box rest. I also, in that time communicated with Georgie who spent an evening with me on Facebook messenger helping to diagnose her issues and suggest a diet for her in the interim until we got her to PB. We fast tracked the horses moving to PB to the 11 February and I immediately felt a weight lifted from my shoulders. I was able to manage my lovely mare for the next 10 days through some simple interventions that Georgie had recommended including adding a load of salt to her diet (to counter the grass reaction she felt she was having), swapping out her restricted rye grass hay with unlimited meadow hay and taking her off hard feed bar a small handful of approved chaff for psychological purposes (she would have exploded at not getting a meal at feeding time!)

So, on the morning of 11 February, with winds of 50mph we loaded my two now barefoot horses onto the box and drove them the 200 miles to PB Livery. Although I was devastated to be leaving them I can still feel the happiness I felt at seeing them gallop off into a field with the space and freedom to run as horses should. I spent about an hour watching them settle into their new home until it was time for me to leave. Having explained all the various rugs I had sent them with and allowed Alyson her wry smile at the likelihood of them utilising any of them I was on my way knowing in my heart I had done the right thing. Once I got over my own sense of loss of course!!

The horses have now been at PB Livery for 3 months and although sadly I have not had the opportunity to visit again owing to the lockdown (I had always planned to give them a month or two to settle in without my interference) I have seen incredible improvements in their mental state and wellbeing. There have been a few challenges and changes along the way but Alyson has always been there to talk through them with me and give me her expert suggestions. She never forces her opinion but guides me to make an informed decision. For instance we moved my thoroughbred to another herd as he was being a bit pushed around in the original herd, since then he has thrived and we have seen a massive reduction in his anxieties as a result. My mare is getting fitter and with the additional expertise and guidance of Georgie her hooves are being changed to better support her and give her less risk of injury. She is so much happier too, this seen in her new found ability to share her food with others – something a life of restriction has made her incredibly anxious about doing in the past. And no laminitic episodes that were a regular occurrence.

I know we have a long way to go with the feet rehab for both horses but being able to see the psychological changes in them from 200 miles away and being able to trust Alyson to make the decisions in the best interest of my horses has allowed me to relax and concentrate on building my business and space ready to bring my horses back to me in a similar environment.

There is a culture about PB that makes it special, it is full of passion and family values (the entire Sharpe family are involved and it is a wonderful sight to see) and I am ever grateful that I found the place on a dark day in early January. I think Inca, Oscar and I will all be very grateful to the universe for putting PB in our path.

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