WELCOME TO THE ULTIMATE HORSE RETIREMENT FARM

Horse Retirement Farm Excellence – if you are searching for a horse retirement farm you have found the perfect farm in Paradigm Farms. If your horse could talk he would ask to retire with us!

CLICK HERE to learn why horse owners across North America choose our farm when it is time to retire their special horse.

We have horses retired at our farm from across North America including California, Canada, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Washington, Virginia and Massachusettes.

Why do so many people trust us to care for their horse even when they live so far away?

Because we have transitioned many show horses to retirement, offer a temperate climate, carefully monitor our pastures to allow for excellent grazing almost year round, offer both stall and pasture board, and allow the horses to develop bonds with other horses in small groups as nature intended.

Your horse will not be leaving behind his creature comforts either as we blanket and groom all the horses in addition to feeding 2x/day. We also send regular picture and video updates to the owners so they can see their horse routinely and have regular glimpses into their daily lives.

As an owner why would you want to retire your horse with us?

As horse owners ourselves we know all the factors that must be considered when it comes to where your horse will spend his retirement days. We all want our horses to be well cared for and know that their future is secure, but we also want to know that we can afford to provide this for them.

We might need to be absentee owners as well, due to work/ family commitments or because our “horse time” is going to be spent with a new horse. We want to make sure our horses are still receiving tender, loving care even if we are not the ones providing it for them.

Paradigm Farms is here to provide you with an economical, guilt free solution to your search for a horse retirement farm.

CLICK HERE to learn about our customized approach that makes our horse retirement farm different and unique.

We have customized our approach to fit with the unique needs of a horse retirement farm. As our ideas for an equine retirement farm began to take shape we kept our focus on developing an approach that took the time and worry off of the owners and put the daily emphasis on caring for the horses instead of just throwing them out in a field.

We offer all of the services you would expect from an outstanding boarding facility including quality free-choice hay, well-maintained facilities and strong professional relationships with veterinarians and farriers to assist us in caring for your horse.

Our carefully designed feeding program was developed around soil and forage tests and is regularly monitored.

  • With our equine retirement farm we specialize in the care of retired horses. This means your horse is the focus of our business, not a sideline to a boarding/training facility.
  • You will not have to wonder if your horse is being used in any type of lesson program without your knowledge or permission because retired horses are our only boarders. We do not have a lesson or training program on the horse retirement farm.
  • Our pricing plans were carefully planned and thought out to allow us to make a long term commitment to caring for your horse and at the same time provide comprehensive, quality care.
  • Prices on all of our boarding packages include blanket changes, hoof trimming approximately eight times per year, annual vaccinations and bimonthly de-worming. No more opening the board bill and wondering how many “extras” will be there each month. We also take care of scheduling all vet/ farrier appointments and holding the horses for the vet/ farrier.
  • All of our horses are assessed for their nutritional needs by an animal nutritionist. The type and amount of grain fed is based on each horse’s nutritional needs.
  • Our horses live in closed herds. Because we have only retired horses for boarders we do not have different horses continually coming and going from the farm. This means far less exposure to potential illness than at a traditional boarding facility.
  • New horses are gradually introduced into their herds after we get to know them.
  • Combined, we have 37 years of experience and have the knowledge and professional contacts to properly recognize and address various horse health issues.
  • We offer two different boarding packages allowing you to choose the one that best suits the needs of you and your horse.

Please continue to browse through our website and learn about our horse retirement program at Paradigm Farms. We have tried to make our site thorough and to anticipate many of your questions. However, we know that each horse (and their owner) has unique needs, so do not hesitate to contact us and have an in-depth discussion about your situation. We hope your horse is lucky enough to join us at our horse retirement farm in beautiful Tennessee! -Jason & Melissa Webb

When I started to toss around the idea of retiring my gelding, “Stormy”, I became anxious over what I saw... More >

When I started to toss around the idea of retiring my gelding, “Stormy”, I became anxious over what I saw as limited retirement options available in the northeast. Horse retirement farms were somewhat of a novel concept to me.  Typically, I saw horses being sold as “schoolmasters”, coming out of work and living out their years in small backyard farms, or if lucky just coming out of work and staying where they were on full board. While none of these options are bad, per se, I wanted to explore other options.

It was important for me that Stormy be in a more temperate climate, have lots of friends and room to run.  In short to just “live like a horse”.  BUT, I wanted him to receive the same level of care he received his whole life, to be in a structured environment with daily hands on care and supervision by knowledgeable horse people.   A tough bill to fill, I thought. I started by asking friends in Florida for references and Paradigm Farms was the first name I received.  I then continued my search, eventually gathering information and comparing about eleven farms in total.

After about a two-year decision making process Paradigm Farms was the choice for me and Stormy.  They offer their retirees an amazing combination of a free life in complete structure, exactly what I was looking for!  Melissa and Jason are extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and kind people and I never worried about Stormy’s care.  My horse lived out his later years as a horse, and while the distance made it impossible for me to be with him at the end of the road, I would not have had it any other way.

I would not hesitate to recommend Paradigm Farms to anyone looking for a retirement farm for their horse.

Kelly

“Ten years ago my wonderful gelding, Apollo, was stricken with EPM. After treatment and rehab, he relapsed and I made... More >

“Ten years ago my wonderful gelding, Apollo, was stricken with EPM. After treatment and rehab, he relapsed and I made the decision to retire him. I began the search for horse retirement farms. As Apollo is a Hanoverian who hails from near Frankfurt, Germany, he suffered terribly in the hot and humid Florida summers where I live. Even though I would miss him very much, I wanted to send him to a better climate for him. I decided on Paradigm Farms after studying their website and speaking with Melissa and Jason Webb. I found them extremely knowledgeable and caring horse and farm people.

My husband and I visited the original Paradigm Farm soon after Apollo was shipped there. We were very impressed with both the facilities and the care he was receiving. No other farm I researched provided the same care with the same environment and cost effectiveness. Fast forward and Apollo will have been with the Webb’s ten years this July (2016). He now lives at the new farm which was constructed specifically and strategically for horse retirement. Due to my husband’s health issues, I have not been able to visit for several years, but constantly see pictures of my horse on the farm blog and newsletter. He is only a phone call or email away. I KNOW he is in good hands and receives the finest of comprehensive care including farrier and dental services, vaccines, worming, coggins, etc. He is free to wander a large, verdant pasture with his friends. He is fed well and groomed and all his needs are met. Ten years of great care is a testimonial in itself in favor of Paradigm Farms. Apollo and I are very lucky I found them.”

Vivian

"I don't really know how to start about Paradigm Farm without sounding like I am gushing or I am being... More >

“I don’t really know how to start about Paradigm Farm without sounding like I am gushing or I am being paid to do this. You can be assured that I am not being paid, I won’t guarantee about the gushing. Paradigm Farm is nothing less than wonderful. I always thought I would never “let my horse go” and that I would need to have him close to me to be a good mother. There is nothing farther than the truth. In being able to provide a well deserved “last chapter” for my Grand Prix Dressage horse, I could not have given him a better gift. Jason and Melissa don’t just care for the horses, they really care about the horses. To we owners, each horse is an individual with quirks and needs that we, as owners, cherish. Melissa and Jason listen to the owners and respect those quirks and needs that are so important to us. The perfect emotional support I needed.

One of the nearly tangible elements of Paradigm Farm is that Paradigm Farm is not some last ditch effort to save a piece of property. Rather, as crazy as it may seem, they run the farm because they love to take care of retired horses. And they do take care of them – nutrition, feet, vaccinations, clipping. In a way, it is the best assisted living a horse can get without being over the top. You see, it is still very important that the horses get to be horses.

I loved the fact that Melissa totally got what a goof ball my horse was. And that he never wanted to be in the barn again in his life. So, rather than making him adjust – they adjusted to him. The farrier and vet took care of him outside the barn where he wanted to be. After all, he had earned that in his life.

When the time came to discuss the eventual final sunset, it was comforting that while we all struggled with it (because they cared about him); he was able to go with the dignity he earned during his competitive life and the joy he found in his final years at Paradigm.

OK. Maybe I am gushing too much. However, while Paradigm was a gift I was able to give my horse in his senior years; Paradigm was in itself a gift to me as someone who finally let her horse go be what he was meant to be. A horse. “

Roberta

“Paradigm Farms is the BEST!!! My beloved hunter Renaissance, who I had since he was 6, was retired at Paradigm... More >

“Paradigm Farms is the BEST!!! My beloved hunter Renaissance, who I had since he was 6, was retired at Paradigm Farms and lived into his 30’s. Melissa and Jason provided the best care to my Renny. I believe they go above and beyond and provide a wonderful, safe and loving retirement home for all the horses and other animals on their farm. I was so happy with the care and environment that Paradigm Farms provided that I also retired Renny’s “brother” Lighty there. Lighty is very happy and healthy and is enjoying his “golden years” there. I would definitely recommend Paradigm Farms and would not hesitate to send and retire my current show horses there when the time comes.”

Debbie

“From the day my horse arrived at Paradigm, I never once second guessed my decision to retire him there. For... More >

“From the day my horse arrived at Paradigm, I never once second guessed my decision to retire him there. For me, one of the best things was reading their regular blog posts about things going on at the farm and seeing photos of my horse and his buddies. Even though I was hundreds of miles away, I felt like I still got to be a part of his life. If there was anything my horse needed, Melissa didn’t hesitate to ask and I took much comfort in her and Jason’s extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with older horses. I am so thankful Melissa and Jason allowed me to retire my horse with them.”

Michelle

“When I realized it was time to retire the younger of my two horses for health reasons, there was only... More >

“When I realized it was time to retire the younger of my two horses for health reasons, there was only one place I wanted him to be: Paradigm Farms. Even though the farm is 8 hours away from me, I love that the farm is located in southern Tennessee so the horses can be turned out year round and the winters are easy on old horses’ joints. The care and attention they give to each and every horse is remarkable. Dentist, farrier, spring shots, fall shots, spring baths and clipping, special diets, medications, blogs, pictures, rain sheets and blankets are all part of the care given by these very special people.

The wonderful experience I had transitioning Remmy to retirement helped prepare me for the harder transition of my 23 year old gelding into retirement the following year. Even though I had been through this process once before with them, they followed the same steps to welcome Baner into his new herd family as they had with Remmy and made sure I was in the loop with every step of the process. Once the transition was complete, the communication and pictures continue each month so I always know what is going on in my horses’ lives.

Melissa’s and Jason’s truest respect and love of their charges are seen most vividly when a horse is at the end of their life. The well being of the horse and ensuring their quality of life are at the heart of their conversations with owners to decide when to put a horse down. The love and compassion Melissa and Jason have for each horse ensures the best interest of the horse is at the heart of this decision.

These horses are as much a part of Melissa’s and Jason’s family as they are mine, more even, since they are with the horses 10 or more hours a day. Because of this, I know my horses are receiving exception care and are safe and happy in their new home. I’m blessed that I have found a place where they can retire and be horses again after their dressage careers are over.”

Sarah

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Paradigm Farm’s Equine Retirement Facility and unique philosophies regarding the ultimate care and nutrition for senior horses have been featured in these and many other publications. We have thoroughly enjoyed each and every opportunity to talk about our horse retirement farm and to brag about all the horses!