Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement provides a meaningful, dignified and naturally beautiful environment for the horses to live healthy and full lives as they retire. Great care is taken to meet the horses' individual needs and enhance their experience as they become social with other retirees. Volunteering at Mitchell Farm is the highlight of my busy week.
Considerable attention is taken to train volunteers especially those of us who have little horse knowledge. Volunteers are a valuable resource on the farm, a lot of time is dedicated to teach the fundamentals of being a part of barn care, horse care and the different aspects of what it takes to care and provide for the horses. Learning about the horses and how to care for them through "hands on experience" is amazing and speaks to the core of Mitchell Farm's dedication.
Mitchell Farm is also a place where people gather to be part of something meaningful, give back to the environment and even learn about themselves. I forgot to mention about all the "ah ha" moments, the laughter, the attachment and the feeling of awe seeing the horses run, graze , roll in the snow and call out to each other. I often wonder who is the lucky one here. I believe I am. Flo M.
I have volunteered at Mitchell Farm on and off for about 7 years and have had the opportunity to be involved with many special horses. Being a horse person since a young age I am truly blessed to be involved with all the wonderful people and horses there. All the animals are loved and live the rest of their lives the way they should. I would not recommend any other place to retire your horse. It has always been my happy place.
After spending my life around horses and retiring from my previous career, I wanted to give back to all of those four legged creatures who made my life so enjoyable. Choosing to volunteer at Mitchell Farm has been the most rewarding experience. As a volunteer, I work with the most caring and compassionate people who are there for the love of the horse. Our horses are truly fortunate to be loved and cared for in their senior years. Dee and Melissa provide the best in care and support and are truly thankful for the volunteers that make up the spirit of Mitchell Farm.
Writing again to support this phenomenal organization. I can truly say that Mitchell Farm works very hard to care for senior and infirm horses. The staff and volunteers are extremely dedicated to the mission of giving an at risk population of equines a safe and secure home for the rest of their natural lives. Animal welfare at its finest!!
I have only been volunteering at Mitchell Farms a few months, but I find it so rewarding. I find being around the horses and doing the barn chores so calming and enjoyable. working with the other volunteers is like being with family. We all have the same goal in mind, which is the welfare of these sweet horses. Dee and Melissa keep everything running smooth.
I have been volunteering at Mitchell Farm for about 9 months because I have always loved horses and wanted the opportunity to be around them and hopefully help make a difference in their lives. What I have seen at Mitchell Farm far exceeds my expectations in so many ways. I have met a group of dedicated people who work together to give senior horses the opportunity to live out their lives in peace, being cared for and loved. The selfless dedication to the horses and the spirit of giving that is so evident among staff and volunteers cannot be described in words but is felt every time I am there. It is truly a magical place and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it!
Being slightly afraid of those big beautiful animals, I would sit in the car and watch my daughter volunteer at Mitchell. Dee very gently taught me how to be comfortable and actually fall in love with the old boys and girls. From mucking to grooming to feeding to admiring, I volunteered right alongside my daughter for a couple years. The "old folks" have a lovely place to be in their golden years and nothing is expected of them but to remember what it is to be a horse. They are given special feed, meds, and vet care when needed. Dee has an amazing heart for these horses and shows it through her laughter and her tears as they come and go. And while it breaks your heart that they do go, you know their time at Mitchell was special for them.
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.