Equine Retirement Facility

Shade TreeRetired Horse Farm

If you are looking for a equine/horse retirement facility, Saddle Creek Farm is located in the Northern part of San Diego County near the City of Fall Brook California. San Diego County has coastal temperatures around 75 degrees (24°C) most of the time, making the weather ideal for equine/horse retirement. The temperature increases as much as one degree fahrenheit per mile east of the coast. Saddle Creek Farm's equire retirement farm is located on 39948 De Luz Rd about 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of Fallbrook and due west of Temecula. The region is approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of the Pacific Ocean and lies at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains. Horses from various locations in North America have discovered that we can handle the delicate transition from work or performance horse to quiet retirement in a comfortable climate safely at our equire retirement facility. This clearly indicates that many owners entrust their horses to our excellent horse care facility even when they are miles away.

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Our equine retirement facility is focused on easing the owners mind by giving optimal care to the horses as opposed to just releasing them out in the fields. As in any reasonable boarding facility, our services include quality hay, well preserved facilities and regular interactions with farriers and veterinarian doctors to help us give the highest quality of care to your horse. We keep a close eye on the feeding program which is carefully planned and was developed after the relevant forage and soil tests. Our pastures are well cared for and irrigated so that your horse can graze to its fill almost every month of the year. Equine retirement is our core business and not a sideline to a training or boarding center. You do not have to worry about your horse being used in training programs behind your back, because we only handle retired and injured horses.

The horses are allowed to develop ties with the rest in small groups, just like out in the wild. We feel very strongly that horses are much happier mentally, emotionally and physically healthier if they live how God designed them to- not boxed in, but having the freedom to graze in the field as was intended. Horses are different from us. They do not like a small cozy place. Because they are a prey animal, they prefer to have the ability to see all the way around themselves.

A horse that resides in the pasture 24/7 will generally remain healthier than a horse that is boarded in a stall. The stall-boarded horse lives inside an extremely hot and musty barn that is full of manure and urine odors. If you walk into the majority of boarding barns at 6 a.m. after the barn has been closed all night, the strong smell of ammonia from the overnight urine will make you take a step back. We have compassion for all the horses that are forced to stay in that barn and attempt to sleep while breathing those noxious odors. It is no wonder that these horses often suffer with respiratory problems.

We realize that everyone isn’t able to have the options of paddock or pasture boarding and are forced to board their horses in stalls that have little to no turn-out. We are also aware that sometimes stall boarding is absolutely necessary for certain stallions. Some upper-level show horses need the stall’s protection to prevent their coats from fading or prevent injury, and horses that are trying to recuperate from certain kinds of injuries also need the protection of the stall. However, horses should be allowed to roam free whenever possible.

Some horse farms allow their horses to reside in the open pasture with access to a run-in shed. However, few of these horses ever choose to go inside the shed. Many horses are content to remain outside in a freezing blizzard, happily munching on their hay. They grow heavier winter coats to keep them warm, and the snow will actually accumulate on their back as they stood in the field. If they have enough quality hay to eat, their bodies will create enough heat, thus keeping them comfortable.

By observing horses with the option of being inside or in the field, it became clear to us that they definitely prefer living outdoors. We would rather be inside on an extremely cold or a wet rainy day. We cuddle in our warm blanket while drinking hot chocolate by the crackling fire. However, we should not persist in forcing our horses to live the way we prefer; instead let them live the way that they prefer to live. Allow them to live like a horse should: outdoors.

As you consider our services, remember that you are dealing with fellow horse owners. As an owner you definitely desire to have adequate care and a secure future for your retired horse, but you also need to be assured that this service can be rendered at an affordable rate. You may also find that you do not have enough time to spend with and tend to your retired horse, due to age, injury or unforseen circumstances. Saddle Creek Farm will ensure that your horse receives proper care and attention even if you are not the one providing it so you may have a clear conscience.

Our prices were arrived upon after careful consideration so that we can be in a position to confidently promise a lasting commitment in equine retirement services of superior quality and is a closed community. We retain the same herd of horses as opposed to different horses constantly coming in and out. This minimizes the exposure to potential diseases. We take time to get acquinted to new horses before gradually introducing them to their herds. Various health conditions are always catered to accordingly. Feel free to contact us and discuss your situation as you select the most appropriate boarding package.