PB Livery has experience in managing and successfully rehabilitating horses with a variety of medical conditions and injuries, most commonly surrounding diet, movement and trim. We most often rehabilitate equines struggling with Laminitis, EMS and grass-affected related issues, equines with ongoing lameness, soft tissue and tendon injuries and SI issues, as well as horses suffering with ulcers, stiffness and swelling and anxiety/stress related behavioural issues.
Our Rehabilitation packages are a minimum of 6 months.
Why a Paddock Paradise?
The Paddock Paradise (track system) allows us to cater to your equine's needs without the need to sacrifice movement or socialisation for a species appropriate diet. We most commonly tackle issues and medical conditions that have occurred due to an unsuitable diet, lack of movement and unnatural trimming or shoeing. The Paddock Paradise was created to provide a domesticated horse with the benefits of a natural, species appropriate lifestyle; optimising their overall health physically and mentally. When a horse is on a Paddock Paradise rather than a paddock, they must move to fulfil their daily needs. It is because of this particular set up and the values that align with this environment that we are able to help many equines recover from common equine conditions such as Laminitis, EMS and more.
Providing your horse with a species appropriate diet plays a crucial part in any horse's recovery, regardless of the reason for their rehabilitation; the diet of your horse is very much the foundation to building better equine health. The residents of PB do not have access to grass and are instead fed netted, adlib meadow hay, allowing any horses particularly susceptible to Laminitis, obesity, metabolic conditions and grass affected issues to live without the constant threat of grass. We generally aim to feed our residents a low sugar, low potassium and high fibre diet whilst fulfilling their need for salt and vitamins.
We have had great success with providing adlib netted meadow hay and strategically placing their hay points around the track to increase the distance between forage points to encourage regular movement. Providing adlib hay not only greatly minimises the risk of Ulcers but additionally reduces resource guarding and other stress or anxiety behaviours linked to restricted feed. At PB, we promote movement to maintain a healthy weight instead of restrict feed.
Weight loss and reduction of fat pads (EMS) achieved whilst on track with access to adlib hay
A species appropriate diet is not only important and beneficial to obese or metabolic horses but also to equines that are underweight and struggle to maintain a healthy weight.
Movement and Trim:
The importance of daily movement is often overlooked and yet it is a major contributing factor to managing ongoing lameness and injuries. Not only is it incredibly beneficial to those with Navicular, DDFT damage as well tendon and stifle injuries, it also greatly improves those with Arthritis, metabolic conditions, obesity, Laminitis, stiffness and more.
Providing our residents with a barefoot, natural trim also plays an important part in rehabilitating any horse, regardless of the initial issues resulting in the need for rehabilitation. A natural trim supports the horse's body from the hoof upwards and allows the hoof to function optimally, without needing the body to compromise in one form or another. We also trim to balance the horse, to help release any tension and stress throughout the body and to provide the horse with good hoof health - sound, comfortable and pain free with everything working properly.
Our wonderful Hoof Care Practitioner, Georgie Harrison of Hoof Matters, is a member of the AANHCP and ISNHCP, and was trained by Jaime Jackson - the founder of the Paddock Paradise (track system) and the Natural Trim.
Soft tissue injury that could be seen in trot, approx. 10 months apart
Rehabilitation for chronic Laminitis
Old Laminitis and shoe to barefoot transition
Old Laminitis and shoe to barefoot transition
Hoof transformation (unfinished)
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.