From the day my horse arrived at Paradigm, I never once second guessed my decision to retire him there. For me, one of the best things was reading their regular blog posts about things going on at the farm and seeing photos of my horse and his buddies. Even though I was hundreds of miles away, I felt like I still got to be a part of his life. If there was anything my horse needed, Melissa didn’t hesitate to ask and I took much comfort in her and Jason’s extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with older horses. I am so thankful Melissa and Jason allowed me to retire my horse with them.
Ten years ago my wonderful gelding, Apollo, was stricken with EPM. After treatment and rehab, he relapsed and I made the decision to retire him. I began the search for horse retirement farms. As Apollo is a Hanoverian who hails from near Frankfurt, Germany, he suffered terribly in the hot and humid Florida summers where I live. Even though I would miss him very much, I wanted to send him to a better climate for him. I decided on Paradigm Farms after studying their website and speaking with Melissa and Jason Webb. I found them extremely knowledgeable and caring horse and farm people.
My husband and I visited the original Paradigm Farm soon after Apollo was shipped there. We were very impressed with both the facilities and the care he was receiving. No other farm I researched provided the same care with the same environment and cost effectiveness. Fast forward and Apollo will have been with the Webb’s ten years this July (2016). He now lives at the new farm which was constructed specifically and strategically for horse retirement. Due to my husband’s health issues, I have not been able to visit for several years, but constantly see pictures of my horse on the farm blog and newsletter. He is only a phone call or email away. I KNOW he is in good hands and receives the finest of comprehensive care including farrier and dental services, vaccines, worming, coggins, etc. He is free to wander a large, verdant pasture with his friends. He is fed well and groomed and all his needs are met. Ten years of great care is a testimonial in itself in favor of Paradigm Farms. Apollo and I are very lucky I found them.
Your horse could not live out his/her last years with better care or under better living circumstances. The love and care he/she receives from Melissa and Jason is phenomenal; you never have to worry. And you, as the owner, are kept in touch daily with your horse through pictures, newsletters and blog entries.
I struggled with the decision to retire my beloved competition mare. Who would care for her the way I did? I went to tour the farm based on the beautiful photos on Paradigm’s website. When I made the decision to bring my mare to Paradigm, Melissa could not have been more helpful in this transition. They are both so experienced with transitioning sport horses into retirement: how to go without shoes – how to introduce a horse into the pasture group – how to manage feed – how to manage owner anxiety. The program is meticulous and the blog makes you feel like you have a video camera into your horses daily life. I could not be happier and would highly recommend Paradigm farm for horse retirement.
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.
When it came time to retire our first horse, Alex, we were fortunate enough to come across Paradigm Farms through numerous recommendations. From the exceptional care combined with the vast knowledge to the love they provide, Paradigm Farms is the home away from home that we were in search of. Melissa and Jason go above and beyond in the care they supply and always do what is best for the horse. We have since sent our second horse, Rubrico, to live out his days in this equine paradise. It doesn’t feel like they’re so far away since we are constantly seeing photos and reading stories about them on the blog. We are forever grateful to Melissa and Jason for providing our horses with a wonderful home that is only one click away.
Having the opportunity to retire my horse, Hesse, at Paradigm Farm has been wonderful. Melissa and Jason are professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. They provide excellent care in an extremely horse-friendly environment. After years of training, competing, and traveling, Hesse deserved the best retirement that I could give him. Now, each time that I get an update, pictures, or look at the blog, I know that found the right place. Hesse is thriving as a member of his retirement herd and I know that Paradigm Farm has been the best choice for him.
I cannot imagine better people to care for my retired horses. Jason and Melissa are truly wonderful people whose care is unmatched.
My thoroughbred mare MyLight has always suffered from mild breathing issues and arthritis. Six years ago, when she was 18, I knew I had to make a decision as the arthritis was getting worse. With the breathing issue, the best option for her was 24 hour turnout, but being that we live in northeast Ohio, that would be tough, so I googled “retirement farms”.
Thank goodness I found Paradigm Farms. I first contacted Melissa Webb in March of that year and by May, my horse was on a rig (thank you Tapp Transportation, another great suggestion from Melissa), heading for middle Tennessee. I was a nervous wreck as my horse means the world to me and I was shipping her to a farm I had never seen (except on a CD, thanks again Melissa) and to people I had never met!
Everything was seamless. Melissa sent me pictures the moment MyLight arrived and she looked happy and healthy. I mean 24 hour grass turnout for a horse that had lived in a stall her whole life…MyLight was in heaven! It has been nothing but positive ever since. I visit MyLight once a year and she always looks great. She loves being in a herd of mares and ponies and does not mind being out in all weather.
One could not find better people than Melissa and Jason Webb. They are professional, hard working dedicated people that treat each horse in their care with kindness and respect. I wish every horse could have the opportunity to be retired at Paradigm Farm. I cannot imagine a better situation for their golden years.
Horses are a big part of my life and my family. When it became apparent that my aging dressage horse, Thor, was ready to retire from sport I was very clear on what I wanted in a retirement situation and I did my research. While there are several retirement farms that offer moderate climate, a herd environment, and expansive pastures, a majority of the places were equine businesses (boarding, training, breeding facilities) that happened to have pastures for retirement horses.
I selected Paradigm Retirement Farm because Jason and Melissa run their farm as a retirement business, this is all they do. As a result, the facilities and services are specifically structured with the retirement horse in mind. For example, they have a deliberate process for selecting the herd that your horse will become a part of, based on the horse’s sex and demeanor. The orientation of your horse to its new herd is thoughtful and gradual to ensure that your horse will be accepted and confident throughout the transition. The feeding process is regular and ensures that your horse gets the type and amount of food intended, also allowing for inclusion of any supplements you want them to have. The pastures are designed with trees and shade. Pastures management is an area of expertise for Jason, so the horses have consistent access to quality forage. Farrier, dental and medical care are regularly scheduled with qualified professionals. Each pasture has access to a small barn with stalls when needed to manage any minor injuries or to provide your horse with regular stall time if you desire. To ensure your horse is clean and comfortable, horses are bathed and clipped when needed. The regular photos of the herd on the Paradigm web site and emailed newsletters keep you informed and confident of your horse’s health and well being.
So with all of the above, why choose Paradigm Farm? Because of Jason and Melissa. Ultimately what you get with Paradigm is that you and your horse both become a part of their family. They care of the horses as if they were their own, never forgetting that they belong to you
Paradigm Farms is the BEST!!! My beloved hunter Renaissance, who I had since he was 6, was retired at Paradigm Farms and lived into his 30’s. Melissa and Jason provided the best care to my Renny. I believe they go above and beyond and provide a wonderful, safe and loving retirement home for all the horses and other animals on their farm. I was so happy with the care and environment that Paradigm Farms provided that I also retired Renny brother Lighty there. Lighty is very happy and healthy and is enjoying his golden years there. I would definitely recommend Paradigm Farms and would not hesitate to send and retire my current show horses there when the time comes.
I don’t really know how to start about Paradigm Farm without sounding like I am gushing or I am being paid to do this. You can be assured that I am not being paid, I won’t guarantee about the gushing. Paradigm Farm is nothing less than wonderful. I always thought I would never “let my horse go” and that I would need to have him close to me to be a good mother. There is nothing farther than the truth. In being able to provide a well deserved “last chapter” for my Grand Prix Dressage horse, I could not have given him a better gift. Jason and Melissa don’t just care for the horses, they really care about the horses. To we owners, each horse is an individual with quirks and needs that we, as owners, cherish. Melissa and Jason listen to the owners and respect those quirks and needs that are so important to us. The perfect emotional support I needed.
One of the nearly tangible elements of Paradigm Farm is that Paradigm Farm is not some last ditch effort to save a piece of property. Rather, as crazy as it may seem, they run the farm because they love to take care of retired horses. And they do take care of them – nutrition, feet, vaccinations, clipping. In a way, it is the best assisted living a horse can get without being over the top. You see, it is still very important that the horses get to be horses.
I loved the fact that Melissa totally got what a goof ball my horse was. And that he never wanted to be in the barn again in his life. So, rather than making him adjust – they adjusted to him. The farrier and vet took care of him outside the barn where he wanted to be. After all, he had earned that in his life.
When the time came to discuss the eventual final sunset, it was comforting that while we all struggled with it (because they cared about him); he was able to go with the dignity he earned during his competitive life and the joy he found in his final years at Paradigm.
OK. Maybe I am gushing too much. However, while Paradigm was a gift I was able to give my horse in his senior years; Paradigm was in itself a gift to me as someone who finally let her horse go be what he was meant to be. A horse.
I can say that we think Romeo is in “Horse Heaven” with you folks. Â We love the blog and the website and all the pictures you take and the news you provide of what’s going on there. Â I can’t imagine a better place for him
If you love your horse send him to Paradigm Farms!! The care my retired show hunter Bruno receives is the BEST anywhere – guaranteed! Melissa and Jason go above and beyond to make sure my horse is healthy and happy… Priceless!!
I have had my horse Faune with Melissa and Jason at Paradigm Farms for many years. To say that there is no one else I would ever trust with my horse’s happiness and health in his retirement is an understatement. They treat him as if he were their own and I sleep well at night knowing that my big French horse is being cared for just as I want. It’s my privilege to give him the happiest and most comfortable retirement that exists, and Paradigm Farms is truly the best.
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 horseâ€™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!
Deciding to send my horse, George, to a retirement farm several thousand miles away was a big decision but not a difficult one. After meeting Jason and Melissa and seeing their farm, I realized the best way to thank George for all our wonderful years together, was to send him to Paradigm Farms. George thoroughly enjoys his life there and I am constantly impressed with the exemplary care, the attention to detail, and the conscientiousness of Jason and Melissa. I feel extremely fortunate to have found Paradigm Farms and am grateful to them for their extensive expertise, their compassion, and their commitment to providing a quality retirement home for all the horses in their care.
I admit, I was anxious about sending our horse, Convey the Moment, to Paradigm Farm. After all, they weren’t close by and I didn’t know them personally. I was proceeding on a recommendation from someone at the barn where he was. Well, well, I certainly had NOTHING to worry about. Melissa and Jason go above and beyond what I could ever imagine. When Convey arrived, Melissa not only let me know that he got there, but how he was doing, how he was behaving and sent pictures!! She also gave me detailed updates and pictures every couple of days. As he settled in, the updates came a couple of times a week, then maybe once a week to every several weeks. And after he had been there a number of months, another update. That is also in conjunction with the weekly pictures she sends on Facebook of all the horses and the blog that is written about what is going on at the farm and full of rich detail about life there and of the horses. There is another thing……she writes the most beautiful memorials of horses who have passed on. I don’t even know these horses and they make me cry. Melissa and Jason really know each and every horse, their personalities, likes and dislikes. I don’t feel like our horse is just one of the bunch. They are attentive, caring experts. They are also user friendly. I feel I could contact them with any question. I cannot, CANNOT imagine a better place for a horse. I will be always grateful for the recommendation to send Convey to them. I would not only recommend Paradigm Farm but ENTHUSIASTICALLY recommend them.
I sent my horse Sebastian to Paradigm in 2007. My initial plan was to have him stay there for a few months, to get a break from the New York winter. 9 years later…. He’s still at Paradigm. I cannot say enough about the care that Jason and Melissa provide for the horses at Paradigm. They have taken the time to build a facility that truly caters to the retired equine, where the horses can live outside in a small herd 24/7 but still have everything to keep them comfortable and healthy, such as ample shelter, blankets, and well maintained pasture. They also test the hay and the soil in the pastures to see if either is deficient in any nutrients that the horses might need. Â That is the kind of attention to detail clients can expect from Paradigm.
Jason and Melissa take the time to learn each horse’s habits and personality, and the horses are checked on multiple times a day, so if something seems “off” with a horse, it will be noticed and addressed right away. They are also very careful about introducing new horses to a herd and what herd new horses will live in. When Sebastian first arrived at Paradigm he was in a somewhat active herd, but now that he is in his late 20’s, he is with a more sedate group.
I also really appreciate that everything is included in the monthly board. There are never surprise charges on my monthly invoices. I am never nickled and dimed. In 9 years, I think there have been extra charges maybe 3-4 times, and Melissa let me know about them, and the reason, well in advance.
I also love how the only horses at Paradigm are retired horses. This is not a boarding facility that also happens to have some retired horses. Sending your horse to Paradigm will not turn into a horse retirement horror story where your horse is thrown into a field and forgotten. Â Jason and Melissa are completely transparent with how they run Paradigm and very easy to communicate with. Between the blog and Facebook page, you’ll have plenty of pictures of your horse and his friends. Jason and Melissa have chosen to run Paradigm exclusively for retired horses, whether the horses are old or have a chronic injury or illness, and, in my opinion, have truly created horse retirement heaven.
Paradigm Farm has been “Levendi’s ” (my most precious boy) home for several years and I cannot say enough positive, loving comments about Melissa and Jason and the actual farm! The care they provide and most importantly the safe environment AND PEACE OF MIND they give to me is priceless. The constant communication through newsletters and the farm’s blog keeps my horse ever present in my life. I know he is well cared for because Melissa and Jason care for each horse as if they belonged to them! The farm is immaculate and when I visit they welcome me as if I were a family member!!! I only wish I could retire there too!!!! Any openings?”
When I started to toss around the idea of retiring my gelding, “Stormy”, I became anxious over what I saw as limited retirement options available in the northeast. Horse retirement farms were somewhat of a novel concept to me. Typically, I saw horses being sold as “schoolmasters”, coming out of work and living out their years in small backyard farms, or if lucky just coming out of work and staying where they were on full board. While none of these options are bad, per se, I wanted to explore other options.
It was important for me that Stormy be in a more temperate climate, have lots of friends and room to run. In short to just “live like a horse”. BUT, I wanted him to receive the same level of care he received his whole life, to be in a structured environment with daily hands on care and supervision by knowledgeable horse people. A tough bill to fill, I thought. I started by asking friends in Florida for references and Paradigm Farms was the first name I received. I then continued my search, eventually gathering information and comparing about eleven farms in total.
After about a two-year decision making process Paradigm Farms was the choice for me and Stormy. They offer their retirees an amazing combination of a free life in complete structure, exactly what I was looking for! Melissa and Jason are extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and kind people and I never worried about Stormy’s care. My horse lived out his later years as a horse, and while the distance made it impossible for me to be with him at the end of the road, I would not have had it any other way.
I would not hesitate to recommend Paradigm Farms to anyone looking for a retirement farm for their horse.