Paddock Paradise

A mare and foal graze in the centre while the rest of the herd are on the track.
A mare and foal graze in the centre while the rest of the herd are on the track.

More people are looking for better ways to keep their horses in a more natural way that is good for the horses, and good for the land. By adding a track system or ‘Paddock Paradise’ as Jaime Jackson calls it, we can improve our horse’s health through restricting grass intake while encouraging more movement.

A track can also enables you to grow grass for hay (in the middle) and keep pastures in good shape. you can also cater for horses with varying needs such as mares with foals who can be allowed to graze in the middle of the track circuit while still travelling with their herd mates on the track.

The articles below will give you some ideas on how a ‘Paddock Paradise’ track can work for you.

Paddock Paradise Articles

Aiming for self-trimming horse hooves - By Cynthia Cooper What is a self-trimming horse? They aren’t trained to use farrier tools on themselves that’s for sure! A self-trimming horse is a barefoot horse that wears their hooves naturally, without the intervention of tools to maintain soundness and good hoof function. All wild horses are self-trimming with their hooves varying according to [...]
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 [...]
Diagram example of a track around a 10 acre pasture. - Thanks to Stevley Park and the Australian Equine Barefoot Movement for permission to use this diagram. You can also find many more examples of tracks on my Paddock Track board on Pinterest here. 
Alyssa’s Paddock Paradise Experience - OK, well it started off being about water. I was aware of the Jaime Jackson paddock paradise concept, because I had done some reading, and heard others talk about it, but I always assumed it would be too difficult or too expensive, and I wasn’t really sure what the benefits would be other than warm [...]
Leigh Martin from Mountain River in Tasmania writes about his track… - We have set up track about 4months ago I guess, been working well, in fact I think its could be the best thing we have ever done for our horses. We are lucky in that the perimiter of our property (about 1.5klm) is where most of our trees are and our dam and bush areas. [...]
Gps Tracking Results: - Another ‘project’ of mine is to find better ways of providing a more natural environment for my horses to live in, that fulfils their physical and emotional needs. This led me to offering my two herds to be part of a study on how much movement a horse does in a typical daily domestic situation. [...]
Paddock Paradise - Reading Jaime Jackson’s book, Paddock Paradise inspired me to implement a new approach to keeping my horses that encourages more movement and in the spring/summer, will enable me to control grazing so laminitic events are kept under control. I constructed an inner electric fence around the perimeter of my 10 acre paddock to form a [...]

2 thoughts on “Paddock Paradise

  1. VICKI CRAIG says:

    I have a concern about my horses eating trees..on the paddock, in the run in..I’ve tried wire, oils, cinnamon, etc..Also, what are thoughts of round bales on the tracks during winter months?

    • Cynthia says:

      It’s quite natural for horses to want to eat trees but if you don’t want them to eat particular trees, it’s best to fence them off with electric, or completely enclose the tree in a solid wire cage.
      Try providing your horses with logs of safe to eat branches like willow, poplar and birch to satisfy their chewing urge. Sometimes they will want to chew trees to get more roughage so be sure you’re providing grass hay daily or 24/7. Also, giving them a mineral supplement that is high in copper and zinc can alleviate tree chewing.
      I use round bales for my horses on track all winter – it’s their only source of roughage so they are out 24/7 in these round bale nets:
      To keep the bale from soaking up water I sit them on a pallet. If your bale isn’t being consumed within a week you may need to provide some cover for it with a tarp or roof of some sort. Here’s an idea:

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