What is Paddock Paradise?
Paddock Paradise is a concept based on “the lifestyles of the wild and free-roaming horses living naturally in the U.S. Great Basin” (the American Mustang) that was first conceived as a way to provide domestic horses with an environment that more closely resembles their natural habitat.
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!
According to research and studies conducted by the author of Paddock Paradise (Jaime Jackson), bands of (horse) family members move along familiar routes or tracks as they travel great distances to different places in their various territories. Because horses are animals of prey, they instinctively move in close (single-file) formation across these home ranges as they seek out forage, water, rolling spots, other herds with whom they wish to interact and other activities essential to their biology and survival.
A path created by free roaming horses in Wild Horse Country.
Horses quickly reveal their desire to use the tracks in Paddock Paradise and demonstrate this by creating narrow, worn down paths – just like in wild horse country – where travel or forward movement is the sole purpose or activity.
A path created by our domestic buddies on a track in Paddock Paradise.
Create a track around the pasture
This is where the horses travel.
Place some feeding stations
Where they can eat hay / hay and hay!
Vary with different subsurfaces
To mimic more natural ground surfaces.
Make life interesting for your horse!
Challenge your horse!
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 traveled 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.
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