Redemption Farm's natural boarding on the track paddock (see Track Paddock page) is ideal for mild hoof rehab cases, barefoot transition, layups, and retirement. We specialize in the care of horses with metabolic challenges, such as insulin resistance (IR) and cushings (PPID).
We strive to provide the luxury of full care boarding, with the natural lifestyle of outdoor living in a herd. Stalls are available as needed, but are typically only used for feeding. The herd stays outside year round with access to two run in sheds. In the very worst of weather, the horses may be brought into stalls or the arena, but most of the time they prefer to stay out. We have one stonedust all weather footing paddock with run in shed, and are in the process of building a second one. This will provide the horses with a dry mud-free environment during the winter. We have begun surfacing the track with various gravel, so it too will have all weather mud-free footing year round.
Due to insurance and liability issues, we do not board horses who are currently being ridden. Our services are appropriate for a temporary transition period or for retirement boarding.
Natural boarding includes:
Long term retirement boarders will receive regular grooming and attention. Updates and photos are sent to owners at their desired frequency.
Owners are responsible for vaccines, dental care, and other veterinary expenses.
We live on site with a direct view of the track paddock from the house. Horses receive twice daily checks and feeding. Paddocks and sheds are cleaned twice daily, and hay never runs out.
Horses without metabolic problems may also be turned out on our grass pastures and track infield. We are careful to only allow strategic grazing during times when the sugar levels are lower, based on weather patterns and pasture management. Grazing muzzles may be used if appropriate.
Horses must be barefoot or in composite shoes only; no metal shoes are allowed. This is partly due to metal shoes being in conflict with our goals, partly for the safety of the other horses, and partly for the horse's own safety since we use low hanging small mesh hay nets, which are not safe for shod horses that may paw at them and get a shoe stuck on the net.