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Fun activities for kids
Hobby Horse Races
Scavenger Hunt at Noon
Story Book Reading at 11 am & 1 pm
Take a selfie with one of our horses
Pin the tail on the donkey (not the real donkey!)
Vote for your favorite Mitchell Farm horse for
"Older Horse of the Year 2018"
($1/vote and one voter from the winning horse will win a prize)
Mitchell Farm Booth
Items for sale
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Equine Tag Sale
Tack & Togs
Equipment & Blankets, sheets, etc.
Snacks & Drinks Available
Gov. Malloy Gives Green Light for Annual Connecticut Older Horse Week
SALEM, CT - A proclamation request by Mitchell Farm, an equine retirement facility, was recently approved by Governor Dannel Malloy. The approval of Connecticut Older Horse Week initiates an official week of recognition for the retired horses of Connecticut. Older Horse Week will be celebrated annually during the fourth week of May. This year, it falls during May 20-26. The weeklong observance aims to unify equine retirement programs throughout the state to raise awareness of the need for long-term care of veteran horses.
“Of the thousands of horses entering the rescue stream, older and infirm horses are the most vulnerable,” explains Mitchell Farm founder Dee Doolittle. “Enacting ‘Connecticut Older Horse Week’ will hopefully serve to raise awareness to the black hole that they are in danger of falling into.” Doolittle and the entire Mitchel Farm family of volunteers believe that all horses deserve dignity in their older, less useful years. “Our hope is that raising awareness will inspire others to provide the same for the older horses in their lives.”
With a life expectancy of 30 years or more, horses often out-live their active roles in farming, sports or entertainment—in some cases, even outliving their loving owners. And unless arrangements are secured for a horse’s retirement, debilitating illnesses or euthanasia are the only outcomes for these gentle animals after years of faithful service.
That is why during this weeklong commemoration, we endeavor to spread awareness in showing our older equines the extra appreciation and compassion they deserve. Connecticut Older Horse Week falls appropriately during the month set aside to recognize the needs and priorities of older Americans.
Concluding this year’s Older Horse Week will be an Open Barn & Fun Day at Mitchell Farm on Saturday, May 26th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Barn tours will be available, in addition to fun activities for kids, door prizes, an equine tag sale, and refreshments. The daytime event is free and open to the public.
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement Is Proud To Present "Connecticut Older Horse Week"
May 20th ~ 26th
Open Barn & Fun Day at Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement
May 26th 10 am ~ 2 pm
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.
300 East Haddam Road (Route 82)
Salem, CT 06420
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