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

“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

"The decision to retire a horse is never an easy one. A horse, for a lot of us, becomes a... More >

“The decision to retire a horse is never an easy one. A horse, for a lot of us, becomes a member of the family, carrying us around from show to show, forgiving our missed distances, hearing our unspoken thoughts after years of teamwork. When my horse’s riding career had ended and it no longer made sense to keep him stabled in the Northeast, it was important to me to make sure that he would live out the rest of his life cared for the way in the way that he deserved. I did not want him turned out and forgotten. Unless you are lucky enough to live on your own farm, you then have put a lot of trust into the hands of another caregiver when retiring your horse.

I feel so blessed to have found Paradigm Farms. Melissa and Jason have taken such good care of my horse over the last 8 years. I sleep well knowing that they are caring for him in the way they would care for one of their own. Melissa’s frequent blog posts and emails with pictures and stories are often the highlight of my day. On a cold rainy New York morning, I will often times open my inbox to a funny story from Melissa and a picture of several of the horses there, including my own, frolicking in a green pasture as the sun comes up. The stories from real life on a real farm are delightful. Melissa and Jason are honest, hard working, caring and competent people and it has been a joy to be included in their retirement family. Finding Paradigm turned a sad early retirement into something I feel really right about. I couldn’t recommend them any more strongly.”

Ashley

“Your horse could not live out his/her last years with better care or under better living circumstances. The love and... More >

“Your horse could not live out his/her last years with better care or under better living circumstances. The love and care he/she receives from Melissa and Jason is phenomenal; you never have to worry. And you, as the owner, are kept in touch daily with your horse through pictures, newsletters and blog entries.”

Sana

“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 struggled with the decision to retire my beloved competition mare. Who would care for her the way I did?... More >

“I struggled with the decision to retire my beloved competition mare. Who would care for her the way I did? I went to tour the farm based on the beautiful photos on Paradigm’s website. When I made the decision to bring my mare to Paradigm, Melissa could not have been more helpful in this transition. They are both so experienced with transitioning sport horses into retirement: how to go without shoes – how to introduce a horse into the pasture group – how to manage feed – how to manage owner anxiety. The program is meticulous and the blog makes you feel like you have a video camera into your horses daily life. I could not be happier and would highly recommend Paradigm farm for horse retirement.”

Sandy

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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!