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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

“When it came time to retire our first horse, Alex, we were fortunate enough to come across Paradigm Farms through... More >

“When it came time to retire our first horse, Alex, we were fortunate enough to come across Paradigm Farms through numerous recommendations. From the exceptional care combined with the vast knowledge to the love they provide, Paradigm Farms is the home away from home that we were in search of. Melissa and Jason go above and beyond in the care they supply and always do what is best for the horse. We have since sent our second horse, Rubrico, to live out his days in this equine paradise. It doesn’t feel like they’re so far away since we are constantly seeing photos and reading stories about them on the blog. We are forever grateful to Melissa and Jason for providing our horses with a wonderful home that is only one click away.”

Donna

“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

"I sent my horse Sebastian to Paradigm in 2007. My initial plan was to have him stay there for a... More >

“I sent my horse Sebastian to Paradigm in 2007. My initial plan was to have him stay there for a few months, to get a break from the New York winter. 9 years later…. He’s still at Paradigm.  I cannot say enough about the care that Jason and Melissa provide for the horses at Paradigm. They have taken the time to build a facility that truly caters to the retired equine, where the horses can live outside in a small herd 24/7 but still have everything to keep them comfortable and healthy, such as ample shelter, blankets, and well maintained pasture. They also test the hay and the soil in the pastures to see if either is deficient in any nutrients that the horses might need.  That is the kind of attention to detail clients can expect from Paradigm. 

Jason and Melissa take the time to learn each horse’s habits and personality, and the horses are checked on multiple times a day, so if something seems “off” with a horse, it will be noticed and addressed right away. They are also very careful about introducing new horses to a herd and what herd new horses will live in. When Sebastian first arrived at Paradigm he was in a somewhat active herd, but now that he is in his late 20’s, he is with a more sedate group.  

I also really appreciate that everything is included in the monthly board. There are never surprise charges on my monthly invoices. I am never nickled and dimed. In 9 years, I think there have been extra charges maybe 3-4 times, and Melissa let me know about them, and the reason, well in advance.

I also love how the only horses at Paradigm are retired horses. This is not a boarding facility that also happens to have some retired horses. Sending your horse to Paradigm will not turn into a horse retirement horror story where your horse is thrown into a field and forgotten.  Jason and Melissa are completely transparent with how they run Paradigm and very easy to communicate with. Between the blog and Facebook page, you’ll have plenty of pictures of your horse and his friends. Jason and Melissa have chosen to run Paradigm exclusively for retired horses, whether the horses are old or have a chronic injury or illness, and, in my opinion, have truly created horse retirement heaven.”
Ali

“My thoroughbred mare MyLight has always suffered from mild breathing issues and arthritis. Six years ago, when she was 18,... More >

“My thoroughbred mare MyLight has always suffered from mild breathing issues and arthritis. Six years ago, when she was 18, I knew I had to make a decision as the arthritis was getting worse. With the breathing issue, the best option for her was 24 hour turnout, but being that we live in northeast Ohio, that would be tough, so I googled “retirement farms”.

Thank goodness I found Paradigm Farms. I first contacted Melissa Webb in March of that year and by May, my horse was on a rig (thank you Tapp Transportation, another great suggestion from Melissa), heading for middle Tennessee. I was a nervous wreck as my horse means the world to me and I was shipping her to a farm I had never seen (except on a CD, thanks again Melissa) and to people I had never met!

Everything was seamless. Melissa sent me pictures the moment MyLight arrived and she looked happy and healthy. I mean 24 hour grass turnout for a horse that had lived in a stall her whole life…MyLight was in heaven! It has been nothing but positive ever since. I visit MyLight once a year and she always looks great. She loves being in a herd of mares and ponies and does not mind being out in all weather.

One could not find better people than Melissa and Jason Webb. They are professional, hard working dedicated people that treat each horse in their care with kindness and respect. I wish every horse could have the opportunity to be retired at Paradigm Farm. I cannot imagine a better situation for their golden years.”

Mary Eileen

“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

“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

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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!