The following board packages are offered for retired horses. For our retired equines we offer both pasture board and stall board.

Careful consideration was taken when we developed our boarding packages, and we tried to keep in mind the different needs that owners would want for their retired horses vs. what they would want at a traditional boarding/training facility. Our goal is to have a reasonable price that allows us to provide high touch, comprehensive care without frequent, large price increases. Whether you choose pasture or stall board your horse will receive regular daily care and TLC. Our board programs provide much more than turning your horse out on the “back forty!”

What does it cost to run an equine retirement farm and care for the horses?

This is a question that Jason and I are asked frequently both by owners and by people interested in running an equine retirement facility. Below is a list of some of the costs that must be factored in:

  1. Cost of land: we allow approximately 2 acres/horse
  2. Fencing and cross-fencing(we recently paid $7/foot for some additional 4-board wood fencing) plus gates and ongoing maintenance (the horses don’t write the checks so at times they chew them, scratch on them, kick them, lean on them, etc. We are sure they would be more respectful if they were paying the bill!)
  3. Running water & electric lines
  4. Yearly pasture maintenance: reseeding, fertilizer, lime
  5. Equipment to maintain farm: tractor, bushhog, manure spreader, chain harrow etc. plus costs to operate, insure and maintain the equipment
  6. Cost of building barns/sheds (extra charges will be incurred for site preparation, concrete aisles, gravel in sheds, water & electricity, indoor washracks) plus ongoing maintenance and insurance
  7. Cost of storage for hay, tractors and other equipment
  8. Troughs, hay feeders, buckets, hoses, brushes, shampoos, grooming supplies, etc.
  9. Monthly hay bill: Our area (southeast) is currently experiencing a major hay crisis along with many other parts of the country, and hay prices have more than doubled in the last 12 months. It is also predicted that fewer hay fields will be planted as farmers are responding to the rising corn prices (for ethanol) and planting more corn.
  10. Monthly grain bill: Feed prices are expected to continue to rise due to higher diesel costs and due to higher cash grain prices for ethanol.
  11. Property Taxes
  12. Commericial Liability Insurance
  13. Salary for caretakers: preparing and feeding hay, grain and supplements; blanketing; maintaining pastures; clean/rebed stalls; repair fences; groom horses; scrub buckets and troughs; hold for vet & farrier; order supplies and pick up hay/feed; monthly billing and accounting work; updating owners and communicating with clients
  14. Monthly utility bills
  15. Costs for truck and trailer (needed for transport and for emergencies)
  16. Cost to maintain emergency medicines and supplies and to replace outdated items (some meds are not cheap!)
  17. Farrier costs (included in all of our board packages)
  18. Costs for annual vaccinations (included in all of our board packages)
  19. Costs for de-worming (included in all of our board packages)
  20. Marketing and advertising costs (we have to be able to let you know we are here!)
Standard Package:
  • Pictures taken upon arrival and e-mailed to owner
  • Regular updates including pictures and video
  • Pasture board in beautiful pastures with compatible groups; approx. 2 acres allowed per horse
  • Free choice grass and/or hay
  • Customized grain feeding program including feeding 2x/day; we soak feed for those horses that have dental challenges
  • Water troughs cleaned weekly
  • Blanketing/flymasks (blankets provided by owner)
  • Blanket cleaning/repairs arranged by Paradigm Farms
  • Fly spray and fly masks as needed and provided by Paradigm Farms
  • Light daily medicating and feeding of supplements (medications and supplements provided by owner)
  • De-worming six times per year
  • Hooves trimmed approximately eight times/year (paid for by Paradigm Farms Equine Lifecare)
  • Annual vaccinations -costs paid for by Paradigm Farms Equine Lifecare; horses must be boarded for a minimum of six months to receive vaccinations as part of the board fee (rabies, tetanus, WNV, rhino/flu, east/west encephalitis)
  • No holding fees for vet/farrier visits

*All packages are based on pasture boarding. We also offer stall board with any of the above packages for an additional monthly fee.

Premium Package:

Includes all of the features of the Standard Package

PLUS:

  • Grooming and/or bathing 2x/month
  • Blanket cleaning and minor repairs as needed arranged AND paid for by Paradigm Farms Equine Lifecare; blankets provided by owner
  • Annual treatment by Equine Dentist (float + sedation) paid for by Paradigm Farms Equine Lifecare
  • Sheath cleaning

*All packages are based on pasture boarding. We also offer stall board with any of the above packages for an additional monthly fee.

Individual Services:
  • We offer grooming up to 4-5x/week for a monthly charge
  • Medicated bathing
  • Light riding may be arranged at no charge; Melissa is an amatuer and cannot accept compensation for riding. Availability will depend on her schedule
  • Treatment of injuries (minor cuts or scrapes treated at no extra charge)
  • Mane pulling
  • Sheath cleaning
  • Arrangements for chiropractic care, massage and acupuncture
  • Need something else not listed? Just ask us!