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Links to more Paddock Paradise Resources

Paddock Paradise is catching on around the world and this site has the most comprehensive information that I’ve come across. Its a place where you can add info/photos/video of your paddock paradise and access info from many others including topics such as slow feeders, challenges, layouts/designs, FAQ’s and more. This site also has the most comprehensive list of paddock paradise links and places where you can buy small hole nets for hay feeders. Well worth checking out for inspiration.

4 thoughts on “Links to more Paddock Paradise Resources

    • Cynthia says:

      Hi Lori,
      I do know of some european ‘Activ’ stabling systems that incorporate tracks to cater for that many horses. I visited some when I was there a few years ago, and they seemed to work well as the horses had a very large central ‘loafing’/feeding area where they had shelter and hay. Then there were tracks leading out and around to pasture they could access. I would say it works fine so long as the tracks are wide and the central area large enough to cater for the smaller groups they tend to form. Here’s a link to see the concept – https://www.aktivstall.de/english and this video is also good https://youtu.be/NQ12nePRsPM
      Cheers,
      Cynthia.

  1. Melissa Franco says:

    Hi there! We are new to horse ownership and I am very excited to keep my horses naturally. We recently purchased a 10 acre property with a 5 acre pasture set up for horses. We have a great mix of woods and pasture, complete with a nice sized pond and a small hill along the back side of the pond. I have been researching the heck out of the Paddock Paradise track system and I finally started getting my plan together when I realized the horses kind of set it up on their own.

    So I guess my question is, if they have already established “tracks” around the pasture and are moving all day anyway is it still important to create the fenced track system? The pasture is not rectangular and at least 1/3 of it is wooded, so no grass just forage type grazing of young trees and some random vine type things. They have two “camping” spots in the woods where I see them napping every day and at night. After nap they usually graze in the front part of the pasture by the woods for a while before walking down their established track and around to the back side of the pond. They’ll hang out there for a while and come back around the other side of pond to where the run in shelter is and there is a nice loamy spot there with small rocks where I keep the salt. I don’t see them here that often, but I know they must go there (thank you salt!). Then it connects to the woods again. It’s a nice loop with tons of varied terrain.

    My husband really doesn’t want to get fencing (not the cost, the visual impact). And while I found a great deal I’m wondering if we can get away without it since they are kind of implementing the system on their own. It sure would be nice to allow them to graze the grass we have and only add hay during the winter months, as opposed to having to feed hay year round.

    We live in Virginia, kind of between Richmond and Charlottesville. OH, and of course they are barefoot 😉 Thanks for any insight you have to offer us!

    • Cynthia says:

      Hi Melissa,
      it sounds like you have the perfect Paddock Paradise as it is! When there is little pasture and you don’t need to restrict the access because your horses are an ideal body weight, then there’s no need to make fences when they are already moving between the areas you have with their own tracks. This is the ideal scenario, and you seem to have resources in different areas hence their movement and tracks. The only time you may want to fence off the pasture is to restrict intake (if they become over weight) or if you wanted to make hay. I’d love to see some photos of your place if you have some showing the tracks and different areas the horses have.
      Cheers, Cynthia.

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