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Mission Statement

To provide a safe and comfortable retirement alternative for aged and infirm horses to live out their lives, and offer educational opportunities to the public on senior horse care and mangement.


Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc. provides a safe comfortable retirement alternative for aged and infirm horses.

Once admitted to the program, horses are cared for and owned by Mitchell Farm. They are handled, groomed, fed and allowed to graze and be stalled as conditions dictate. Medical and farrier concerns are paid for by MFER, Inc. The horses are sheltered and loved as long as they have an acceptable quality of life,

MFER, Inc. educates the public on subjects pertaining to senior horse care and alternatives to slaughter and livestock auctions. An informed equestrian community is sensitive to conditions at livestock auctions and transport to slaughter. They can also promote alternative situations for horses that are no longer useful. Understanding the unique needs of older horses enables horse owners to maintain them as useful for a longer period of time.

Horses are preferred to be at least 20 years old, but are accepted on an individual basis. They must be pasture sound and in reasonably good health. Each must have a veterinary certificate stating that it is free from communicable diseases, a negative coggins within six months and current rabies and tetanus vaccinations.

Horse owners must sign a contract relinquishing all rights of ownership to Mitchell Farm.


Average Review 5 reviews

Would you recommend Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.?

by Brooke D. (2018-02-18 15:12:54.0)
I have been a volunteer here since the summer of 2016. The people and horses are lovely. The vision of a dignified life for all equines is what brought me to the farm several years ago. This is a perfect place to volunteer for anyone. I've worked side by side with a variety of people, and have learned so much about the horses here. If you love horses, this is the place for you.
by Cheryl M. (2018-02-18 09:16:51.0)
I have been volunteering with Mitchell Farm since its second year. That’s 13 years and counting. It is one of the most gratifying, grounding, good for your soul places. The senior herd is fun to be around and can teach us all a thing or two if we’re open to it. Then there are Dee, Melissa and Hank. Dee founded the place; it’s her life’s passion and purpose. She and Melissa have decades of horse experience and are patient teachers. I started when I was in my late 30’s and had very little horse experience. No matter. Hank does most of the non-horse building and spreading and creating, and has a quiet humor that’s bound to leave you chuckling quietly days later There are two daily shifts - morning and afternoon/evening. There are also episodic opportunities. Hay deliveries, farm clean-up days, and events. If you’re looking for a down to earth feel, a ton of heart, beautiful scenery and don’t mind getting a bit dirty, click the button to apply. We’d be happy to welcome you to the family
by Janet M. (2018-01-08 04:07:42.0)
I have been a volunteer at Mitchell Farm for the past 2 years and it is a wonderful place to volunteer for so many reasons. The staff and other volunteers are amazing people and always a pleasure to be around, sharing our love of horses and doing all we can to make their retirement years as happy and healthy as possible. It is a tranquil and peaceful setting amidst pastures, lakes and of course, beautiful horses. What better way to step out of your busy lifestyle and nurture your soul by volunteering at Mitchell Farm? I call it a meditation in motion and a gift you can give yourself. Come join us.... it will be the best thing you ever did for yourself and the horses!
by Candace O. (2017-07-22 08:24:05.0)
This is a perfect opportunity to work with lovely animals in an absolutely beautiful farm setting. You don't need prior experience as Dee (the owner) and Melissa(the barn manager) teach you everything you need to know. The volunteers are a great group of kind and compassionate individuals who truly care about the horses and donkeys. It's great exercise (and free- no gym fees!) and a wonderful opportunity to interact with horses (and yes, they all have their own personalities). Everyone is made to feel welcome and your help is very much appreciated. My daughter and I love working here.
by Robin KW W. (2008-06-17 08:00:35.0)
Dee is a genuinely warm and kind lady who patiently answers all our many barn and horse questions. The horses are obviously well cared for and happy to share their love with volunteers. While they may not be able to cuddle in your lap, a horse "hug" is an incredibly peaceful and calming experience. I love volunteering there.