Natural Track Boarding is a concept created by Jamie Jackson, called “Paddock Paradise”. Jackson is the founder of the Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices (AANHCP) and a world renowned hoof care professional, author, researcher and noted expert on both wild and domestic horses. This style of boarding is based on extensive research of the “lifestyles of the wild and free-roaming horses and was conceived as a way to provide domestic horses with an environment that more closely resembles their natural habitat” allowing them to live longer, healthier and happier lives!”
In the wild, horses roam across great distances. They tend to follow the same routes, “tracks”, repeatedly to varying territories to meet all their requirements. Horses seek out water, roughage, rolling spots, mineral sources, shelter and companions. As prey animals, they don’t linger long, they avoid small confined spaces where they could be caught by a predator, and they are always on the move.
The goal of this boarding system is to allow natural health and soundness in body and mind. According to Jackson’s research, track boarding is an ideal preventative/corrective to many of the illnesses and disorders that our horses succumb to when living against their nature: alone, in confinement, breathing hazardous gasses from their own urine , and unable to achieve adequate stimulation and movement. “A Track system can virtually eliminate the risk of issues such as laminitis, colic, Navicular, Cushings, neurological vices and poor muscle conditioning”-as it allows horses to live and eat the way nature intended-in varying terrain and on the move!