When I realized it was time to retire the younger of my two horses for health reasons, there was only one place I wanted him to be: Paradigm Farms. Even though the farm is 8 hours away from me, I love that the farm is located in southern Tennessee so the horses can be turned out year round and the winters are easy on old horses’ joints. The care and attention they give to each and every horse is remarkable. Dentist, farrier, spring shots, fall shots, spring baths and clipping, special diets, medications, blogs, pictures, rain sheets and blankets are all part of the care given by these very special people.
The wonderful experience I had transitioning Remmy to retirement helped prepare me for the harder transition of my 23 year old gelding into retirement the following year. Even though I had been through this process once before with them, they followed the same steps to welcome Baner into his new herd family as they had with Remmy and made sure I was in the loop with every step of the process. Once the transition was complete, the communication and pictures continue each month so I always know what is going on in my horses’ lives.
Melissa’s and Jason’s truest respect and love of their charges are seen most vividly when a horse is at the end of their life. The well being of the horse and ensuring their quality of life are at the heart of their conversations with owners to decide when to put a horse down. The love and compassion Melissa and Jason have for each horse ensures the best interest of the horse is at the heart of this decision.
These horses are as much a part of Melissa’s and Jason’s family as they are mine, more even, since they are with the horses 10 or more hours a day. Because of this, I know my horses are receiving exception care and are safe and happy in their new home. I’m blessed that I have found a place where they can retire and be horses again after their dressage careers are over.