PB Barefoot Rehab and Retirement Paddock Paradise Livery is a family run Paddock Paradise livery situated in Staffordshire, Midlands UK. We specifically cater to and specialise in the care of retired equines or equines in need of rehabilitating - most commonly due to issues surrounding diet, movement and trim. Our priority is to offer your equine a safe and natural space with their every need catered to - a home away from home.
We are honoured to announce that we are rebranding PB Barefoot Rehab and Retirement Livery at the request of the brilliant Jaime Jackson himself, founder of the Paddock Paradise. We are incredibly grateful to be given this opportunity by Jaime to actively push the Paddock Paradise and all of the many incredible benefits they provide.
We have 3 fantastic, non grass Paddock Paradise systems - abundant with various types of shelters, feeding stations, natural herbs and forage, water points and wildlife. Our livery is spread out over 18 acres of undulating land purposely encouraging movement, healing, free choice and natural behaviours.
Our equines are in mixed herds; not only further increasing movement but often helping to elevate stress and anxiety too. Our herds also live out 24/7 with naturally high hedges, mature trees, valleys and field shelters at their disposal as well as an abundance of wildlife, enrichment and forage to further stimulate our equines mentally. The unlevel and hilly environment our Paddock Paradise livery is built upon actively encourages the toning of muscles in the most natural way possible and further maintains a constant level of fitness through the horses fulfilling their daily needs. Salt licks are used to ensure our equines receive an appropriate amount of salt, with access to additional salt water stations situated on each track. PB Livery works along side our fantastic Hoof Care Practitioner (AANHCP) Hoof Matters, as well as our expert team of professionals to truly optimise the care that your equine will receive. PB's Paddock Paradise is perfect for enabling your horse to be out 24/7 whilst managing their diet - something that is crucial for those prone to Laminitis, weight gain, ulcers, EMS, grass sensitivity and grass related behavioural issues.
'The key to having physically and mentally
healthier horses' - Jaime Jackson
Could your equine benefit from our set up and care?
The Paddock Paradise is a concept based on the lifestyle of wild and free-roaming horses, and provides domesticated horses with a environment that more closely resembles their natural habitat. Our equines not only reap the benefits of daily movement from one need such as water to another such as food, but additionally benefit from socialisation with other horses, grooming, foraging, playing and generally having the freedom of choice to do as they please. While your horse is with us, we aim to provide them with an environment that contributes to the release of any stress - be it stress from busy yard environments or lack of species interactions, we allow them to just switch off and simply be a horse. We provide them with companionship and the freedom to move, sleep, eat and play as they choose, all whilst having their diet monitored and managed for those with more complex needs. PB specialises and takes pride in the care given to those who have complex needs and conditions - treating every horse like our own.
PB further specialises in the rehabilitation of barefoot horses, most commonly working with Laminitis, EMS and obesity, injuries and grass related issues.
For both Retirement and Rehabilitation, our set up is suitable for those who struggle with the following -
Laminitis and being prone to Laminitis - our non grass Paddock Paradise allows turnout without the danger and threat of grass - it allows us to manage their diet without restricting their movement.
EMS, IR and Obesity - our set ups are the perfect set up for losing weight and getting rid of those unwanted fat pads.
Arthritis, joint stiffness and ongoing or old injuries - the Paddock Paradise encourages movement which helps horses who stiffen, swell or worsen from box rest and stabling.
Resource guarding - all our liveries have access to 24/7 water, food and forage. With time we often find those who resource guard begin to trust in their freedom of choice (their food isn't going anywhere) and begin to share with others.
Anxious or stressy horses - we offer a peaceful, calm environment that benefits horses who are sensitive and stressy to constant coming and going, noise and busy surroundings.
Boredom - many horses walk through our doors suffer from problems such as crib biting and wind sucking. Being in a herd within a species appropriate environment allows them to thrive mentally, simply allowing them to be horses.
Grass sensitivity or grass - related behavioural issues - our non grass Paddock Paradise system allows turnout without the danger and threat of grass.
Hoof rehabilitation - more movement encourages new healthy hoof growth, ideal for horses with Navicular and Laminitis. We specialise in this and work with our Hoof Care Practitioner Georgie Harrison of Hoof Matters for the best results.
Lack of muscle - our environment helps build and tone muscle - top lines, bottoms and shoulders strengthen naturally without ridden or in hand work.
Ulcers - our horses have constant access to low sugar, adlib meadow hay and other low sugar forage. We try to make out environment as stress free as possible for our liveries too.
Hi there, I'm Alyson!
I've now been working with and whole heartedly loving horses for a successful 40+ years. After owning my first horse Hazey at just 12 years old, my passion for horses has continued to grow in a multitude of ways.
My family and I first went barefoot when my daughter's oldest pony Dubri starting struggling with Laminitis and EMS. At the time, the Vet's only advice was to shut her in a stable and wait the process out but when said advice did not work, the question of Dubri's well being came to mind and so did the decision of putting her to sleep or not.
With plenty of research to fuel my final decision, I decided to take her shoes off, create a small track with minimal grass and hope for the best. 15+ years on and our little rescue pony is happier, brighter and better than ever on her very own grass-free Paddock Paradise with the sweetest of friends.
Rehabilitation at PB Barefoot Rehab and Retirement Paddock Paradise Livery - What can we help with?
Laminitic Rehabilitation - we specialise in rehabbing Laminitic equines back to health and the majority of horse's that come to us have diagnosed or undiagnosed Laminitis, whether it be sub-clinical, acute or chronic.
EMS and obesity - we welcome many equines into our care who are either overweight or have a diagnosis of EMS.
Grass Affected equines - 'Grass Affected is a term originally coined by Jenny Parson of Calm Healthy Horses. A ‘grass affected’ horse has issues caused by one or more aspects of their forage and feed adversely affecting their health, movement and/or behaviour. We work closely with UK representative Sue Palmer of Calm Healthy Horses UK to rehabilitate or manage those affected.
Injuries and issues surrounding movement - we most commonly rehabilitate, help with or manage equines with soft tissue injuries, SI issues, tendon injuries, general stiffness and DDFT damage. We also have experienced working with horses who suffer from tightness throughout their bodies and bad balance/lack of muscle.
Hoof Rehabilitation - working closely along side our AANHCP/ISNHCP Hoof Care Practitioner, Georgie Harrison of Hoof Matters, we are able to transition shod horses to barefoot or offer our services to those barefoot equines in need of a helping hand with the likes of Navicular and Laminitis.
What our liveries have to say
"This amazing place has been home for my horse for a couple of years now. I never have to worry about her, she is looked after beautifully and in keeping with a natural life that I am sure she would choose for herself. She previously suffered with swollen knees and stiffness but since she has been on a track, on the right diet and constantly moving with her friends she has been absolutely fine. It’s a huge relief to know that she is looked after and loved as I work full time and have commitments that mean I cannot give her what she needs. It’s equine heaven and most of the time I wish I was a horse there."
"My pony has been part of my daughter's and my own life for 15 years. We have both enjoyed many hours riding her, grooming her and caring for her and she has enhanced our life no end. When it was no longer possible to ride her, some said, she has become too expensive to keep and we should think of having her put down. I was deeply upset by these comments, she deserved the very best care in her old age, yet old as she is, she is still a beautiful, majestic, loving animal. It was at this point Alyson, Julian & Maddie came into our lives and gave her the chance to live out her days in beautiful, caring surroundings.....a place where she can just go back to been 'a horse' again. I couldn't wish for better and although we don't get to see her as often as we would like, she is happy and well cared for and we couldn't wish for anything more."
"From the first conversation I had with Alyson I knew that PB was the place for Ailbe. When I visited the track it only confirmed this, all the horses were so content and well cared for, it really is a paradise for them! Alyson, Julian, Maddie and Lewis have been nothing but lovely, so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do and this is reflected in all the happy horses at the track. When we dropped Ailbe off they spent over an hour with us showing us round again and watching the herd settle and reshuffle. It meant the world to me to spend that time and watch him settle, it helped me settle my own head and heart to leaving him! I’ve been to visit Ailbe since and he is so settled and relaxed. I trust Alyson and her family implicitly, and can go away on my travels safe in the knowledge my boy is being cared for and loved."
My horses recently had an 8 month stay at PB. Both were overweight, one borderline EMS, and I was reassured and confident from the first meeting that the team at PB knew exactly what they were doing and they’d be in good hands. It was incredibly hard to leave them at first but I had regular updates and was able to visit whenever I wanted to. The PB team also cater for worried, anxious owners (!) and are genuinely lovely people I will miss a lot. Both my horses lost the weight they needed to, fat pads disappeared and I took home two healthy, happy and slim horses who are now enjoying their own track. I learnt so much from being at PB and will be forever grateful I found them.