VVRC Visit to PB Barefoot Rehab and Retirement Paddock Paradise Livery.
Back in August, some of us attended the open day at PB Barefoot Rehab and Retirement Paddock Paradise Livery near Stafford.
They specifically cater to and specialise in the care of retired equines or equines in need of rehabilitating – most commonly due to issues surrounding diet, movement and trim.
A few of us in VVRC have moved to keeping our horses barefoot and have set up tracks at home so we thought it would be worthwhile going to PB to see how they are set up and get some ideas!
Paddock Paradise is a concept developed by Jaime Jackson based on his observations of the lifestyles of the wild and free-roaming horses living naturally in the U.S. “Great Basin” (the American Mustang) and was first conceived as a way to provide domestic horses with an environment that more closely resembles their natural habitat. PB consists of 3 non-grass Paddock Paradise track systems – abundant with various types of shelters, feeding stations, natural herbs and forage, water points and wildlife. that they say provides a peaceful environment, fulfilling their need for a species appropriate diet amongst a herd with unrestricted movement. While it looks a bit strange not seeing horses out on grass, it seems to make a lot of sense.
During the day we listened to talks about how the track, diet, movement benefits the horse’s health and wellbeing. We were also taken on a tour of their facilities and had a lovely lunch.
All the horses looked very happy, healthy and contented and we got some great ideas about management and also enrichment for our own horses at home.
I’ve already bought a giant haynet like the ones at PB to put a big round haybale in which is a brilliant idea, saves time filling smaller nets and prevents a lot of waste. We all agreed It was a very interesting day and well worth going.