Mill Creek Farm, located just north of Alachua, Fl, is a 335-acre rest home for rescued and retired horses. The farm opens on Saturdays for those who would like to meet and feed treats to the more than 100 horses who live here.
Sunny Florida is a popular destination for a wide range of retirees. That’s not news to anyone I know – but for horses?
Horses are tireless and beautiful workers and companions. But what happens when they become too old to work or are no longer able to be cared for properly?
The unfortunate answer is that they are often neglected, starved, or otherwise abused.
Feeding and caring for a horse takes a lot money, time, and energy. It’s no wonder that those who are unprepared for this reality can so often fall short. Luckily, there are facilities like Mill Creek Farm whose very mission is caring for just these kinds of animals.
Horse Vacation Inspiration
Peter and Mary Gregory founded Mill Creek Farm in 1983 after visiting an English “vacation” farm for London’s cart and carriage horses. They were surprised to realize that these hard workers only receive one two-week respite from the city streets, per year. It didn’t seem right and they dreamed of being able to do something similar, back home in the United States.
Years later, after retiring, they purchased property in Alachua, FL and put their dream into action. Instead of just a two-week vacation spot for working horses, the Gregorys created a forever home for retired and rescued horses.
Mill Creek Farm – Retirement Home for Horses was born.
A Retirement Home For Horses
Mill Creek Farm currently hosts well over 100 horses. Most are rescues but there are retired government, police, and other working horses here, too. The facility does not accept horses from private owners.
These horses will never again be ridden or put to work. Instead, they spend their days enjoying spacious, tree-lined pastures and the company of other horses.
Horses at the farm are fed proper diets, receive twice-weekly groomings, veterinary care, and lots of love and attention. They live out the remainder of their days in contented peace, passing from this earth with the dignity they deserve.
Best of all, you can be a part of their happy retirement by stopping in for a visit!
Visiting Mill Creek Farm
Mill Creek Farm is open to the public on Saturdays, 11am to 3pm. Admission is two carrots – but, as the website says, a 5lb bag is even better!
Visitors to the farm are allowed to tour the farm and meet the horses. Feeding the horses is a great way to get up close and personal with them – but watch your fingers! Horses prefer carrots, bananas, and apples.
During your visit, or even from where you are right now, you should consider a donation for the farm. You can also sponsor a horse, if you wish. The farm is operated as a non-profit organization and relies on donations to continue functioning. If you love horses and what a place like Mill Creek Farm does for them, you could hardly spend a better dollar.
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