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

“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

"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

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 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

"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

“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

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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!