Welcome to the first Holistic Livery Yard in Bristol

We are the first holistic livery yard in Bristol and we are super excited about bringing together the benefits of a yard with the freedom and fun of natural horsemanship and holistic healthcare.

Aside from the fact that we are keeping the land organically, worm using herbs and look for natural remedies for our horses’ health issues, in order to improve the health of our horses’ feet, we are implementing a track system – sometimes known as Paddock Paradise. Track systems help prevent many of the health problems that horses suffer from nowadays such as laminitis and make keeping horses barefoot on our Bristol Livery Yard so much easier.

Paddock Paradise is an exciting new natural boarding concept based on Jaime Jackson’s research into how horses live in the wild. It is a ground-breaking idea which has many benefits including:

  • provides a more stimulating environment for the horse which discourages vices
  • encourages more movement which benefits overall health of the horse
  • enables easier grazing management

“The key to having physically and mentally healthier horses”

Jaime Jackson

How did Pasture Paradise Evolve?

Jaime Jackson is a former farrier who, between 1982 and 1986, undertook studies of feral horses interacting in their natural environment.

These studies revealed that feral horses rarely suffered from hoof problems such as laminitis or navicular which commonly affect our domestic horses.

So, based on what he saw in the wild, he started experimenting with trimming parameters for domestic horses that reflected the natural hoof and which would allow them to remain barefoot. In 1990 he stopped using shoes on horses and started promoting the wild horse trim.

He published his first book in 1992, The Natural Horse: Lessons from the Wild which documented his wild horse studies and offered insights as to how we could better meet the biological needs of our domestic horses.

In 1999 he went on to write the Horse Owners Guide to Natural Hoof Care which went into more detail regarding his trim methods.

Paddock Paradise: A Guide to Natural Horse Boarding was published in 2007.

 What are we doing at Bluebird Bliss?

Our plan is to weave a track around the farm and use the areas leftover for planting a medicine garden for humans and horses and grow plenty of wildflowers. Over the next few blog posts we’ll be writing about how we’ve developed this system and the impact it is having on our horses, two of which are currently being treated for seedy toe.