Jaime Jackson is a maverick thinker and doer, never satisfied with life’s limits in the mainstream. His calling is “nature” and what we can learn as a species from our natural world. After leaving the U.S. Army in early 1970, Jackson trained as a farrier. But from the beginning he was never happy with the pernicious effects of nailing shoes on the hooves of horses. This disillusionment led him in 1982 to America’s wild horses roaming freely and undisturbed by the tens of thousands in the remote western lands of the U.S. Great Basin.
“I found what I was looking for, nature’s ‘perfect’ solution for what troubled me. There was nothing else to do but return to civilization and reveal what I found to whomever would listen — sound, healthy horses with hooves perfectly shaped by the forces of nature.”
Jackson visited the horses over the next four years, an experience culminating in his first book, The Natural Horse: Lessons from the Wild (1992, Northland Publishing), a groundbreaking treatise on the natural state of the horse based on first hand experience. Long before this book was published, he morphed out of his farrier skin into the world’s first “natural hoof/horse care practitioner (NHC)” never shoeing horses again. Soon, an international revolution in hoof care and horse keeping practices arose out of Jackson's research and NHC model, guided and further inspired by seven more books, numerous magazine articles, lectures, and clinics across the U.S. and Europe.
Not one to ride a single current of change, Jackson turned his sights on the dental industry, culminating in the unprecedented Guard Your Teeth! On yet another front, he is tackling the inhumane confinement systems of today’s modern zoos. His forthcoming book, Zoo Paradise is sure to shake the foundations out from underneath them. Jackson explains:
“The purpose of this book is to pave the way for unprecedented and transformative eco-niches in zoological gardens, providing safe, stimulating havens for wild animals now living in duress, at the same time providing the public with an important and non-intrusive ‘Adventureland’ in learning.”