Cino is a horse of a lifetime, so the decision to retire him was not an easy one. I researched a bunch of places online, sent emails, made phone calls, talked with horse friends, even spoke with horse friends of horse friends. Nothing I had heard or read about helped ease the anxiety I felt about sending my beloved horse to be retired until I started emailing back and forth with Melissa at Paradigm Farms. Her emails were professional, full of information, and I could tell that she understood how hard this decision is for a horse owner. What finally convinced me was the first phone call I had with her. She told me about a long time resident that was having serious health issues and the outlook was grim. She got choked up about it, and went on to tell me the story including all that had been done to meet the horse’s needs. Her honest emotion and love was exactly what I needed to hear. We had a wonderful conversation that day and I told her I wanted Cino to go to a farm where the owners cared as much about him as I did. Cino left in the beginning of November. Upon his arrival, they sent videos and photos along with numerous email updates. I visited the farm in December and met Jason, Melissa and Carter. They are a wonderful family who love what they do. I got a tour of everything from fields to the feed room. The farm is clean, maintained, and organized. They interact with the horses daily and know them personally. Cino was eating hay with his friends and looked quite happy when I left. I was so relieved! I now have 2 horses at Paradigm Farms. I retired my second horse of a lifetime, Havana, shortly after. I love seeing photos of them in blog posts, as well as reading about everything that is going on around the farm. Both of my horses deserve wonderful retirements, and I trust Melissa and Jason are giving it to them. Paradigm Farms is a wonderful place!