Why Start a Horse Retirement Farm?
The idea for our horse retirement farm came about as the result of a lot of thought and planning. We wanted to create a business that utilized both of our backgrounds and interests and we also wanted to work together.
As we went through the process of developing ideas for our business we made a list of criteria that we wanted to base our business upon…
- We wanted to build a business that would allow us to work together instead of spending our days apart.
- We know that at some point in the future we will be starting a family. We wanted to create a business that would allow us to both be at home parents.
- Jason’s passion and background is farming. He bought his family’s seventh generation family farm and operated it until a divorce forced its sale. Jason wanted to have another farm-based business.
- Melissa’s passion is horses. She has ridden and shown horses for 25 years, and she wanted a business that would allow her to maximize her horse time.
- Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Nutrition from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Additionally he has over ten years of experience in the feed industry designing and balancing feeds for horses and cattle. We knew we wanted to utilize this valuable experience.
Eventually the idea for a horse retirement farm began to take shape. It seemed like the perfect way to merge farming and horses together, as well as incorporating all of our other requirements for our business.
You know your horses will have the best of care and unlimited TLC since they will have a home with people who are passionate and excited about what they are doing.
Retired Horse Boarding Philosophy Caring for your horses…
Our Philosophy On Retired Horse Care
We take our responsibility in providing board for your retired horses seriously. We see it as providing complete care rather than just providing board.
Between Melissa and I we bring over 37 years of combined knowledge in caring for your horses. I have a B.Sc. (Agr.) in Animal Science from one of the top universities in North America, and I spent over 10 years balancing rations and formulating feeds for several of the top equine feed manufacturers in North America.
Melissa has been riding and showing horses for over 27 years. Throughout her years of horse involvement she has boarded horses at facilities catering to horses that are in training and showing, and she has also cared for her horses at home.
We have been boarding and caring for retired horses together for several years. This is not a side business for us, nor are we filling an empty pasture in a facility that mainly caters to horses in training. We spend our days caring for the retired horses that reside with us on our farm. We take their care very seriously and through the years have earned a reputation as one of the most widely known and respected horse retirement farms in North America.
Our Retired Horse Boarding Philosophy
We believe that the most stress free world for animals is one that mimics their natural environment as closely as possible. Horses were not meant to spend 23 hours a day in stalls. In the wild, horses roam free, and bond together with their herd… that is what they do here too! Even our horses who are stall boarded are still provided with ample turnout in compatible groups.
Many of the retirees here did not enjoy turnout in their “former” lives. They would pace or run the fence begging to be taken back to their stalls. Thanks to our large, well maintained pastures and our ability to choose between several turnout groups, all of the horses retired with us learn to love turnout. We have a lot of experience in transitioning horses not only to turnout, but transitioning them to turnout with other horses. Interestingly, the horses that used to hate turnout the most end up becoming the horses that dislike being in the barn the most – much to their owners’ surprise!
Horses are grazing animals and were meant to live primarily on forage. Here in middle Tennessee, we are blessed with a mild climate, fertile soils, and abundant rainfall that ensures good grass for most of the year. Our horses can comfortably live outdoors all year round with minimal blanketing, and they are supplemented with high quality free choice hay during the winter.
To complement our pastures and hay, we feed the horses with high quality feed designed by Jason and custom milled for our farm. With high levels of energy from fat and low levels from rapidly digestible starch, readily available minerals, and high quality all plant protein ingredients, it is specially designed to meet the energy, mineral and protein needs of our retired equine friends.
We believe that to be the best at what you do you must surround yourself with excellence. We maintain a close working relationship with Tennessee Equine Hospital and two outstanding farriers. We also have working relationships with nutrition and research professionals at the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee State University. If we don’t know the answer to your question, rest assured we will find out.
As Seen in…
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!