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Welcome to Paddock Paradise
The Perfect Model: Wild, Free-Roaming Horses of the U.S. Great Basin

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hank you so much for coming to this website. 

 So much has been happening since Paddock Paradise was first published in 2006! And still so much work to do and people to reach! My only defense for any negligence is the many time consuming responsibilities I've incurred as the voluntary Executive Director of the AANHCP (Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices at www.aanhcp.net).

"First, an update.... I dare guess that there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of "paddock paradises" around the world. No one knows for sure. Not even me! Many horse owners are still discovering this book, so I imagine we will see more and more. Many of you have requested some sort of “support” network so that you can share ideas with each other. PP is an experiment in natural boarding for horses, and so facilitating a way that people care share their successes (and failures) seems logical and obvious. Along this line, we have created a Paddock Paradise page on "Facebook" so that there is a place for an exchange of these ideas. Click HERE to connect.

Paddock Paradise is now available in German, Danish and Spanish as well.  

Click HERE to Purchase a Copy of "Paddock Paradise"

Click HERE for all Books by "Jaime Jackson"

"I also have a "Paddock Paradise Workbook" in the pipeline. These will be supplements to my book -- sort of like “lab manuals." Soon, I will be asking for you to contribute diagrams, photos and information on successful paddock paradises you've created in order to start get the first workbook published. If these individuals really wanted to “get into it”, they could also host future clinics at their properties to give more “hands on” experience for others.

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Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the AANHCP. In the spirit of the forthcoming holidays, we would like to send you a gift in return for any donations made to the AANHCP between now and Dec. 31st, 2013. Send a $60 donation and we will send you a complimentary Hoof Meter Reader or a copy of the acclaimed documentary film by James Kleinert, Wild Horses and Renegades. Send in a $75 donation and receive both the HMR and a copy of the Wild Horses and Renegades. Send a $150 donation to the AANHCP and we will add a copy of The Natural Trim: Principles and Practice - autographed by Jaime Jackson to the person of your choice upon request - to the package. If you donate $250 or more, we will add a copy of Paddock Paradise to your package of gifts - all with free shipping anywhere in the world. Click HERE to make your donation through paypal or credit card. Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 
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Question from Paddock Paradise member: Anya Lav

Feedout free PP system?

 

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addock Paradise is both a term and a concept used to describe a natural & humane way to keep healthy, happy horses based upon the lives of the wild, free-roaming horses in the U.S. Great Basin.  Introduced by veteran hoof care professional and natural horse care advocate Jaime Jackson in his 2006 book, "Paddock Paradise, A Guide to Natural Horse Boarding" (Star Ridge Publishing). The premise of a natural boarding model is to provide safe, humane, living conditions which use the horse's natural instincts to stimulate and facilitate movement and other behaviors that are essential to a biodynamically sound horse.

Based upon numerous studies of the wild horse, research shows that horses will thrive physically, mentally and emotionally if kept in an environment that takes into consideration the most basic elements of their natural world by situating and propelling them into forward movement. According to Jackson, who founded the American Association of Natural Hoof Care Practitioners (AANHCP) in 2002, the hoof is adaptively cross-linked to the nexus of natural behavior and movement and can be restored to its native integrity and soundness by putting horses in such a simulated natural environment.

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Paddock Paradise: My Thoughts on Psychological and Physical Rehabilitation PDF Print E-mail

 

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deally, natural horse boarding practices mean the horse is turned out 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with horses of all ages, sexes and breeds and without the encumbrance and disruption to its own thermoregulatory system by being forced to wear a blanket.  It is also necessary in extremely hot, sunny areas for the horses to have access to shade as well as the ability to freely access some sort of shelter from a constant barrage of rain and snow. 

 

Many people have created some very clever paddock paradises but periodically they will describe some very 'unnatural' practices they've incorporated -- such as separating the mares and geldings -- as a result of fear or ignorance.  For example, no matter how great the environment and feeding situation you provide, if a horse is alone -- either totally isolated or across the fence from one another without the ability to touch (i.e., groom) each other -- then it is leading an unnatural life and you are contributing to a stressful, unhappy situation.

 

I had a conversation with a woman who ran an 'equine rescue operation'  and she explained that the pony she needed to have trimmed was 'not alone' because it was able to 'see' its fellow pasture-mates from a strategically placed window inside its run-in shelter.  It was not turned out with any equine buddies and she could not understand why it consistenly had bouts of laminitis when it was not being fed a rich diet.  It both bewilders and concerns me to think that anyone charged with running a 'rescue operation' would have such little understanding of the physical and emotional needs of the equine species and keep these animals in either total isolation or in a small, confined lock-up situation where they cannot move freely. 

 

Another enthusiastic Paddock Paradise inquiry came from a woman who just can't bear to take a chance on putting the mares and geldings in the same space.  It made me think back to a situation with one of my own horses, an Arabian now 22 years of age, who was a stallion until the age of seven and was gelded just four or five months before I bought him.  Due to the fact that he was intact, he had not been turned out with other horses since he was a weanling colt.  And because he had been primarily 'housed' in a show barn before I bought him, he demonstrated completely unnatural behaviors -- he had excessive nervous energy in addition to being quite aggressive toward other horses, especially in the close proximity of any mares in heat.  But long before I'd ever heard of Paddock Paradise (back in 1995 before it was written!), I discovered that it took only about 10 days of being pastured just over the fence from the rest of the herd (mares and geldings) before he had calmed down enough for me to feel comfortable letting him join them.  And while he still exhibited 'breeding' behaviors with cycling mares, he was quite the gentleman about it and no one has ever been hurt in all these years.  To this day, I've never had to separate a new horse for more than 24 hours before allowing it to happily join the herd. 
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Deutsche Übersetzung von Jaime Jacksons "Paddock Paradise" PDF Print E-mail

 

Jetzt erhältlich: Deutsche Übersetzung von Jaime Jacksons  "Paddock Paradise"

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as in diesem Buch vorgeschlagene Musterbeispiel für ein völlig neues System von artgerechter Pferdehaltung ist eine langjährige Entwicklung. Vor über 20 Jahren, als ich das Land der Wildpferde zum letzten Mal verließ, begann ich ernsthaft über natürliche und humane Lebensbedingungen für domestizierte Pferde nachzudenken.
Fuer alle Leser, die nicht mit meinen bereits geschriebenen Werken vertraut sind: meine Abenteuer in die Welt unserer natürlichsten Pferde, Amerikas freielebende Wildpferde, haben das Fundament einer dauerhaften persönlichen Philosophie über natürliche und artgerechte Pferdehaltung gelegt.
"Jaime Jackson"

 

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