Several years ago the wonderful woman who started my adventure of trimming my own horses, Suzanne, said to me many, many times “Paulita, you need to set up the paradise paddock system for your horses.” She went into detail of how it helps with laminitis, keeps the weight down and promotes overall wonderful horse health. I’m such a procrastinator it took about two years of having this conversation before I decided to order the book from Jaime Jackson.
The more I read, the more I loved it. Within a few days of finishing the book my daughter and I were out sticking in electric fence post to make our inside track. It wasn’t pretty, but boy, it worked.
At that time I had two horses with Cushing’s. Always having foot issues. Within a very short period of time I saw huge results. My horses weren’t fat. I didn’t have laminitis. The horses were moving. Actually I can say they were in way better shape than they ever had been. Keep in mind these guys were endurance horses, too. My horses no longer have scratches. Boy, I would hate that. Seems like every time I got ready to do the Old Dominion Endurance Ride in June, they would break out in scratches.
I currently have six horses. All of them are on my paradise paddocks system. I have healthy feet and healthy weight. They are totally content going around the track eating their hay, getting their minerals, drinking their water. I can’t stress how much this has changed my life and my horses’ lives. It’s pretty phenomenal that I’m able to go ride my horse barefoot in our Allegheny Mountains.
With all of this said, now that I have my horses health in a good place, I do allow them to enjoy the inside of the pasture a few hours a day and a few days a week.