I've been involved with Mitchell Farm for 2 years. The horses are in paradise, the volunteers love them, and life is how it should be. These horses have given to the humans in their lives for their whole lives up until their retirement here. This is the "give back" for all they have done for their humans. Watching them enjoy their retirement is priceless!!
I have been a volunteer at Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement for almost 2 years and my experience there has been nothing but positive. The dedication of the founder, barn manager and volunteers is something that words can't express but is felt every time I am there. These senior horses are given the very best care imaginable to live out their remaining days just being who they are. Individual needs are met on a daily basis in an atmosphere of love and concern for each and every one of these awesome creatures. I continue to be grateful for my connection to this wonderful organization and for the horses and people who enrich my life.
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 have been immensely fortunate to have witnessed this nonprofit grow and flourish throughout the years. It is not only a safe haven for the horses and donkeys who call it home, but for every soul that comes down the driveway. Countless times I have heard volunteers, visitors, and horse parents call Mitchell Farm a dream land. Truly a rare and special place!
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 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.
Amazing staff and property! Volunteering is a pleasure, everyone is friendly and helpful. Events are organized and well run. Horses are happy, well cared for and live in the most comfort possibe. Awesome experience - donation dollars are well spent here!