Following are some commonly asked questions about boarding retired horses at our farm. If you have a question that is not answered below please feel free to
We would love to talk with you and answer any questions about your specific situation.
Question: What types of boarders do you accept? Answer: At Paradigm Farms our focus is on retired horses. We offer both pasture and stall board. We also accept horses needing turn out or stall board due to injury if we have openings available. Currently we are only accepting retirees for boarding due to limited openings.
Question: Do you take short term boarders? Answer: Frequent changes make it hard for the horses to establish herd dynamics. With this in mind the minimum required boarding period is one year.
Question: My horse has a special diet, can you accommodate this? Answer: We will administer daily medications and supplements with feed at no additional charge as long as they are supplied by the owner. All horses are provided with free choice hay or pasture and grain (fed 2x/day) as part of their board. If your horse has nutritional requirements that cannot be met through these practices we will gladly accommodate these needs at the owner’s expense. Fees for special services will vary and can be arranged based on each unique situation.
Question: Can I come and ride my horse? Answer: We do not carry the same type of insurance as training facilities and therefore cannot allow riding on the farm.
Question: Can I come and visit my horse? Answer: Absolutely! Visits are scheduled by appointment as one of us must be present for visits per our insurance requirements. The farm is closed to visitors on holidays.
Question: Are all farrier and veterinarian bills included in the board prices? Answer: No. Our board prices include hoof trims (no shoeing) approximately eight times per year, de-worming six times per year and annual vaccinations. Horses must be boarded with Paradigm Farms for six months for annual vaccinations to be administered with no additional charge to the board bill. Any additional farrier or veterinary expenses incurred are the responsibility of the owner. Depending on the boarding package selected annual treatment by an Equine Dentist is included in the board.
Question: What happens if there is an emergency with my horse? Answer: If an emergency arises we will make arrangments for your horse to receive veterinary care immediately. Prior to your retired horse's arrival at our farm we will dicuss with you what your preferences are as far as treatment, diagnostics and expenses in an emergency situation. Once we have made arrangements for initial veterinary care we will contact you and you will be the decision maker for ongoing treatment for your horse. In an emergency situation we always arrange for initial veterinary care first and then contact the owner.
Question: Can my horse be shod if needed? Answer: We strongly encourage owners to pull the shoes from their retirees for the safety of all the horses and humans on the farm. If you feel your horse cannot go without certain therapeutic shoes then they will be kept shod, with the additional expense of shoeing being the owner’s responsibility.