Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.
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. Read more
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.
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!
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.
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.