Saturday, April 10, 2004

MORE on Horse Farm For Sale Near Asheville 

MORE on Horse Farm For Sale Near Asheville~ Possible Use for Retired Horse Lovers-A Business for Retired Horses!

As I looked into approaching folks about the little horse farm with its barn with electricity and water, riding ring and fenced pastures, I got the idea that this place would make a perfect stop-off point for horses traveling with their trainers between Florida and parts north. It has all a human or equine traveler could ask for…a fabulous WHIRLPOOL SPA within 100 yards of the barn and resting place for humans…and plenty of room for horses to stretch their legs and overnight. PLUS, it’s only one mile to I-26, and the Appalachian Trail is close by.

But then I thought of another idea!

What if this were a facility for retired horses with a couple of retired horse people running it~!!.
I looked into that. Someone else in Georgia must have had this idea, too. Here is what she wrote:

A retirement barn is the restful, country environment, in a moderate climate, that your horse deserves for his later years. He has run, jumped, and danced for fun and to earn your praise. He has worked for you in the show ring and out, countless hours of practice, trials, successes, and aches and pains. Now that those aches and pains, and the years, are taking their toll, your horse deserves to live in peaceful surroundings, where he will have specialized care and a different kind of fun and companionship.
The fun and companionship that you have provided your horse must be replaced in order for him to prosper in his retirement. A retirement barn matches your horse with a suitable partner, developing friendships that provide companionship and playmates. The location of the barn in a moderate climate lets your horse be turned out with his "buddies" regularly. This bonding helps a retired horse adjust to his new life, and keeps an older horse positive and active.
A retirement barn should provide your horse with a comfortable large stall, wooden fenced pastures and paddocks, and special care tailored for the older horse. The barn should provide excellent nutrition with feeds and hay suited to his digestive needs, along with any supplements that you request. Regular worming, foot care and vaccinations are a must. Blanketing in inclement weather and fly masks in summer should be done regularly. The caretakers at a retirement farm should be wholly responsible in administering medications, if any are prescribed by your veterinarian.
Most importantly, the barn routine should be tailored to the needs and abilities of each retired horse, providing plenty of attention and tender loving care every day. The caretaker should have experience and patience with the older horse, who may not be as adaptable as he once was. Some days the older horse is grumpy and impatient, and the caretaker must recognize if this is a sign of possible ill health that needs to be taken seriously and investigated carefully.
You and your guests should always be welcome, helping to provide the love and attention that each horse needs.

The author, Jill Gray, runs Cane Creek Retirement Barn in Dahlonega, Georgia.

I am open to your suggestions and ideas. Let me know if you get a good one. If you want to see a picture of the horse farm, just click on FEATURED LISTINGS to your left…

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