Our Philosophy

~ We follow the AAEP (American Assoc. of Equine Practitioners)Care Guidelines For Rescue and Retirement Facilities.

~ 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.
~ Both Founder (and Family) and Barn Manager live on premises. 
~ Minimum twice daily monitoring plus night check and video monitoring in stalls.
~ 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 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 and our trained staff.

~ 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 update & photo.

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All Inclusive Care Provided By Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement For Our Herd

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We believe that horses have a right to a quality life of comfort and care even if they are no longer useful to man.  We strive to provide an exceptional equine retirement community where horses are free to remember - or in some cases learn - what it means to be a horse in a more natural, pastoral setting. “Care” is our operative word: caring, well-trained people providing outstanding care that is personalized to each horse’s individual needs and personality.  We combine the benefits of a pastoral environment where horses are free to bond with each other and experience carefully tended pastures with the advantages of daily human care, feeding, grooming, and love.  We call it “Love in Action.”