Many people head to Florida when they retire – but horses? Yep! Horses like to retire here, too. Well, they do if they’re lucky enough to wind up at Mill Creek Farm, North Florida’s Retirement Home For Horses!
Mill Creek Farm is a nonprofit equine sanctuary that was founded in 1983 by Peter and Mary Gregory. The couple got the idea from a trip to England where they discovered a “vacation” farm for London’s cart and carriage horses. Once a year, the animals were given a two-week break from their jobs on the city streets. Those two weeks were the only time these animals saw a pasture.
The experience was very affecting.
When the Gregory’s retired, some years later, they decided to open a horse retirement farm of their own – and Mill Creek Farm was born.
Mill Creek Farm, located just north of Alachua, Fl, is a 335-acre home to nearly 130 horses. The horses are mostly rescues but some are old government and police horses, too. The farm does not accept horses from private owners. Were it not for Mill Creek Farm, the vast majority of these animals would end up being neglected, starved, or abused.
The self-styled “Retirement Home For Horses” has saved hundreds of horses from this unfortunate end over the years. The Gregory’s farm provides a loving place where retired horses can live out the remainder of their lives in peace.
Horses at Mill Creek Farm are never again ridden or put to work. Instead, they receive veterinary care, a proper diet, and twice-weekly grooming. They also receive lots of love, attention, and carrots!
Mill Creek Farm opens to the public every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Admission to the farm is two carrots – but it’s more than okay to overpay! Visitors ar free to tour the farm, see the horses and feed them carrots. The horses also love bananas and apples.
Mill Creek Farm also accepts donations. As a non-profit, it relies on them. Some contributors have been donating to this Retirement Home For Horses for over 25 years! If you wish, you can even “sponsor” a horse for around $50 a month.
Mill Creek Farm – Retirement Home For Horses
20307 NW CR 235A, Alachua, FL 32615
Open Saturdays, 11am to 3pm
The price of admission is two carrots
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