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Mill Creek Farm – A North Florida Equine Rest Home

March 24, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Mill Creek Farm Florida Retirement Home For HorsesMill 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.

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Explore North Florida’s San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

December 22, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State ParkNorth Flordia’s San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is more than just a great place to hike, bike, and horseback riding. The park is the site of a historic Spanish mission, limestone sinkholes, and one of the few remaining mature forests in Florida.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is well known for its hiking and mountain biking opportunities. In fact, the park’s 30 miles of bike trails have made it one of Florida’s top mountain biking destinations. But that’s just one tiny aspect of this amazing North Florida park.

What many visitors may not realize is that the park has a long and fascinating history – from the ground up!

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park’s unique karst geology riddles the area with hundreds of limestone pools and sinkholes. Nearby Warren’s Cave provides a dry look under the earth while all the park’s known stone pockets serve as drainage.

This unique karst topography of hills, valleys, and limestone outcrops provides ideal conditions for many species of trees and plants that you’ll not find any farther south. Bobcats, white-tailed deer, gray foxes, turkeys, and a variety of songbirds make the park their home. It’s a wonderful place to see and photograph wildlife and wildflowers.

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Visit Mill Creek Farm – Florida’s Retirement Home For Horses!

December 19, 2016 by Corey A Edwards

Mill Creek Farm - Florida's Retirement Home For HorsesMany 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.

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