~ Our herd’s well-being is our first priority and our commitment to each horse is 24/7, all day, every day.
~ We have a combined 90+ years of horse experience between Founder, Dee Doolittle and Barn Manager, Melissa MacDonald.
~ 13 years of experience exclusively with senior horse care issues and end of life decisions.
~ Our Barn Manager lives on site. Our Executive Director and Founder, Dee Doolittle, also lives on site with her family.
~ Minimum twice daily monitoring and a night check.
~ Over 30 dedicated, loving volunteers.
~ Every horse has a stall at night in winter and during the day in hot, buggy weather.
~ Heated water buckets in winter and fans in summer.
~ 8-12 hours of turnout in small compatible social groups (2-6 horses) in large grassy pastures (weather permitting).
~ Regular pasture mowing, dragging and picking. Superior manure management program.
~ Thoughtful transitioning of horses who have little experience with turn out.
~ Careful selection of pasture mates and slow introduction to any group.
~ Appropriate alternative turn out for horses with with metabolic conditions.
~ Mitchell Farm is a closed herd reducing the potential for illness.
~ Retirees do not leave the premises for any reason and horses entering are quarantined.
~ Feed program tailored to the nutritional and special needs of each individual horse.
~ High quality feed. Free choice mineral salt blocks in stalls and pastures.
~ Minimum 3 feedings per day; 4 if necessary.
~ Forage replacement products and/or soaked feed for horses with poor dentition.
~ Regular weight and body condition score monitoring.
~ Medications required for comfort and health maintenance.
~ Excellent horse health record keeping.
~ Blanketing or fly masks and fly spray as conditions demand. Fly Predators in use for 13 years.
~ Regular grooming and bathing in warmer months.
~ All farrier needs. We prefer them to be barefoot if possible but will shoe if necessary for comfort.
~ Routine Veterinary care (vaccinations, deworming, dental).
~ Fecal analysis and targeted de-worming.
~ Sheath cleaning.
~ Simple emergency care and diagnostics (lacerations, fever, mild colic, hoof abscess, radiographs, blood testing).
~ Life threatening injuries and illnesses are dealt with on the farm with our Veterinarian.
~ Off-site surgery and other cost prohibitive procedures will not be an option.
~ Solid long term professional relationships our Veterinarian, Farrier, feed and hay suppliers.
~ Euthanasia will be an option only when, in conjunction with a licensed Veterinarian and within the
AAEP guidelines for euthanasia, it has been deemed that the horse no longer has Quality of Life.
~ Burial on these premises at the time of death or euthanasia. Cremation with ashes back can be arranged for a fee.
~ Monthly email updates.
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.
300 East Haddam Road (Route 82)
Salem, CT 06420
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