Retired horses are given the time and space to remember, or learn, how to be a horse again. Once retired to Mitchell Farm, horses are truly retired. Although each horse has a stall to return to in the evening or during bad weather, they spend as much time as possible grazing in the pastures of beautiful Salem Valley.
Splash is the cornerstone of Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement. He was great friend and companion to Founder/Executive Director, Dee Doolittle for 20 years. Splash was loved by all who knew him, and was known for his sense of humor and sweet temperament. In his prime, Splash was a wonderful pleasure/show horse. In his middle age, Splash and Dee enjoyed hunter paces and trail riding together. In retirement, he was lucky enough to spend quiet happy days grazing in big beautiful pastures at Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement. Splash passed away in February, 2005 at the ripe old age of 30. He had a great life!
Our equine retirees have earned their retirement and therefore will not ever be ridden again. Without the pressures of competition or bearing human weight, they are free to remember, or learn, what it means to "just be a horse". Volunteers groom each horse on a regular basis: minor medical and dietary needs are handled by the staff; dental, hoof care and routine health care or issues are attended to by our veterinarian and farrier.
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement ~ Where A Horse Can Just Be A Horse
Splash 1975 - 2005
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Retirement sanctuaries fill a critical need by giving safe permanent homes to older and infirm horses thus allowing rescue networks to concentrate on horses who are sound enough to be re-homed. Equine rescue organizations do their best to relocate and/or retrain neglected, abused or just plain unwanted horses. The job is overwhelming!
Why is the need so great for equine retirement sanctuaries?