One of the greatest strengths ofMitchell Farm is its volunteers and staff. The horses lucky enough to spend their later lives there are well cared for but the cadre of volunteers and staff make the place a wonder. Being associated with such caring and hardworking people can't help but make for happy horses and their human helpers.
i have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of Mitchell Farms Equine Retirement as a volunteer who has loved horses my whole life. From day one I was struck by the dedication and commitment of the hard working staff and wonderful group of volunteers I have had the pleasure of getting to know. Everything that is done on the farm, from cleaning out stalls to putting on a halter, is done with a commitment to their mission statement of allowing the horses to live out their remaining days with dignity surrounded by the love and care they deserve. The welfare of the horses comes first and foremost and I cannot say enough good things about the workings of this farm!
I had heard about Mitchell Farm from a riding friend, and short after that I bought a wonderful 20yo school master. I immediately put his name on Mitchell farm's long list. Within the year I had the honor to become a board member and helped with finding ways to raise $$$. My horse retired a year ago at the age of 27yo (Dee had a spot for him when he was 23yo but he still wanted to compete!) and I went to visit him today. What a wonderful life these horses are given to finish their life! Dee is so aware of everything that is happening with each and every horse. The horses look health and happy!!!! PLUS the volunteers are wonderful with a smile on their faces as they clean stalls and water buckets each day.
My only regret is that I live nearly 1.5 hours away and I cannot come to volunteer for such a great cause.
Great fun and exercise! I came to Mitcell Farm with no horse experience but with their patience and wonderful teaching, I am enjoying and learning a lot. I am very comfortable volunteering there. Being a retired nurse, it has been fascinating to learn about how diseases and old age progress in horses. They are a friendly group of people from the owners, to the staff, to the other volunteers. It is a fantastic place to volunteer and for the horses who are well cared for by kind and loving people.
My horse is now at Mitchell Farm and I have started volunteering there also. Honestly, placing my horse at Mitchell Farm is one of the best things I have ever done for him. The care is superb, the attention to each horse's well-being is consistent, and the human-equine interaction is respectful, compassionate, and nurturing. The horses are relaxed, happy, and comfortable. As a volunteer I see how well the horses are fed, how well their stalls and buckets, and paddocks are cleaned, and how safety is a top priority for horses and humans at the farm. I also see how staff and volunteers truly care about each horse. The staff knows the unique personalities, needs, and preferences of the horses. Mitchell Farm has exceeded all of my expectations for the well-being, happiness, care, and comfort for its horses.
I have been a volunteer at Mitchell Farm for about three weeks now and I already feel like part of the family, all the volunteers and farm owners are so friendly! It didn't take a long time to realize that being a volunteer at the farm would be one of the most rewarding things that I have taken part in; you get to spend time taking care of the sweetest horses, and working alongside the other volunteers who you become great friends with. The horses are taken care of so well here, Dee and Melissa go the extra steps to make sure that every one of the horses is treated with care and respect. I go down to the farm a couple days a week and help with feeding and barn chores, while meeting new people and being outside in the fresh air (it feels great to be outside after being in the office most of the day!) Any time you are able to give to the farm is so appreciated by everyone there, and bringing comfort and care to the horses is extremely rewarding!
I can't say enough good things about Mitchell Equine Retirement Farm!
Volunteering there gives me purpose and it will for anyone who opens their heart and loves to work in a beautiful barn pasture setting. People nature and animals what is better than that!
My horse was lucky enough to be able to retire at Mitchell Farm. He was given all the time he needed to become acclimated to retired life. Dee was very patient with him, as were all of the wonderful volunteers at the farm. You cannot find a nicer group of people to care for your horse or to volunteer with. I became a volunteer about 4 years ago because my horse was there. However, I will continue to volunteer because of all of the friends I have made during that time. It is a very rewarding experience to say the least.
My horse was allowed to retire at Mitchell. Dee and the Mitchell family took great care of him. When his time to cross was near they helped me through it so gently and with such kindness. The farm is well run. Efficient and clean and peaceful. The horses are truly cared for in a most wonderful careful way.
I have been involved with Mitchell Farm since the very beginning in 2004. First as a boarder and volunteer, then as a retiree "mom" and volunteer and now as a president of the board of directors. Our founder, Dee Doolittle, had a wonderful vision 12 years ago to start a safe sanctuary for an unwanted segment of the equine population - the senior and/or infirm horse. Since that time Dee and our wonderful army of volunteers have fulfilled our mission and vision statements of offering a beautiful and humane alternative to the sometimes perilous life of the senior horse. This organization works very hard to give each and every "resident" a peaceful and dignified life to their very last day. Every donated dollar is extremely well spent ( less than 2.5% administration costs) to care for the horses left in our care. I can't think of a better animal welfare organization and I KNOW my own retired horses could not have had a better home to spend their last years. Thank you Dee and all of the volunteers for making the dream of MFER a reality.