Horse Channel

Monday, February 6, 2012

Equine Retirement Program

Two Contented Retirees

      How do we care for the horses who have been our companions and partners when they begin to age and have special requirements?  This is a problem for many horse owners.  When a horse is able to be ridden regularly living in a paddock during it's off time is no hardship, but there comes a time when many aging horses can no longer be ridden.  Many have health issues that require special feeding and medication regimens.  How do we explain to them that they have to stand in a paddock all day while their friends go to work or on trail because we have jobs and a limited amount of time and no space for a retirement pasture?

     Goose Downs Farm in Galisteo has an answer.  For 20 years they have provided quality retirement conditions for their aging competition horses (it's an absolutely beautiful property.  I'd love to retire there!).  This past year several of their retired horses, who had reached age 30 and above, passed on.  They have the experience, they have the equipment and they have the space to care for up to 10 horses.  You can find more information on their web site at or by calling Tom or Jeffray at (505) 466-8771.

     This might just be a dream come true for you and your aging friend.


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