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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

"If you love your horse send him to Paradigm Farms!! The care my retired show hunter Bruno receives is the... More >

“If you love your horse send him to Paradigm Farms!! The care my retired show hunter Bruno receives is the BEST anywhere – guaranteed! Melissa and Jason go above and beyond to make sure my horse is healthy and happy… Priceless!!”

Susan

“Horses are a big part of my life and my family. When it became apparent that my aging dressage horse,... More >

“Horses are a big part of my life and my family. When it became apparent that my aging dressage horse, Thor, was ready to retire from sport I was very clear on what I wanted in a retirement situation and I did my research. While there are several retirement farms that offer moderate climate, a herd environment, and expansive pastures, a majority of the places were equine businesses (boarding, training, breeding facilities) that happened to have pastures for retirement horses.

I selected Paradigm Retirement Farm because Jason and Melissa run their farm as a retirement business, this is all they do. As a result, the facilities and services are specifically structured with the retirement horse in mind. For example, they have a deliberate process for selecting the herd that your horse will become a part of, based on the horse’s sex and demeanor. The orientation of your horse to its new herd is thoughtful and gradual to ensure that your horse will be accepted and confident throughout the transition. The feeding process is regular and ensures that your horse gets the type and amount of food intended, also allowing for inclusion of any supplements you want them to have. The pastures are designed with trees and shade. Pastures management is an area of expertise for Jason, so the horses have consistent access to quality forage. Farrier, dental and medical care are regularly scheduled with qualified professionals. Each pasture has access to a small barn with stalls when needed to manage any minor injuries or to provide your horse with regular stall time if you desire. To ensure your horse is clean and comfortable, horses are bathed and clipped when needed. The regular photos of the herd on the Paradigm web site and emailed newsletters keep you informed and confident of your horse’s health and well being.

So with all of the above, why choose Paradigm Farm? Because of Jason and Melissa. Ultimately what you get with Paradigm is that you and your horse both become a part of their family. They care of the horses as if they were their own, never forgetting that they belong to you.”

Joanne

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

"I admit, I was anxious about sending our horse, Convey the Moment, to Paradigm Farm.  After all, they weren't close... More >

“I admit, I was anxious about sending our horse, Convey the Moment, to Paradigm Farm.  After all, they weren’t close by and I didn’t know them personally.  I was proceeding on a recommendation from someone at the barn where he was.
 
Well, well, I certainly had NOTHING to worry about.  Melissa and Jason go above and beyond what I could ever imagine.  When Convey arrived, Melissa not only let me know that he got there, but how he was doing, how he was behaving and sent pictures!!  She also gave me detailed updates and pictures every couple of days.  As he settled in, the updates came a couple of times a week, then maybe once a week to every several weeks.  And after he had been there a number of months, another update.  That is also in conjunction with the weekly pictures she sends on Facebook of all the horses and the blog that is written about what is going on at the farm and full of rich detail about life there and of the horses. 
 
There is another thing……she writes the most beautiful memorials of horses who have passed on.  I don’t even know these horses and they make me cry. 
 
Melissa and Jason really know each and every horse, their personalities, likes and dislikes.  I don’t feel like our horse is just one of the bunch.  They are attentive, caring experts.  They are also user friendly.  I feel I could contact them with any question.  I cannot, CANNOT imagine a better place for a horse.  I will be always grateful for the recommendation to send Convey to them.  I would not only recommend Paradigm Farm but ENTHUSIASTICALLY recommend them.”
Gina

"I can say that we think Romeo is in "Horse Heaven" with you folks.  We love the blog and the... More >

“I can say that we think Romeo is in “Horse Heaven” with you folks.  We love the blog and the website and all the pictures you take and the news you provide of what’s going on there.  I can’t imagine a better place for him.”
Marki

"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

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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!