Frequently Asked Questions
Why Henderson, Tennessee?
We chose Henderson because of its mild climate, low crime, lack of air and chemical pollution, and beautiful topography. Average temperature in Feb. is 42, with an average low of 31.6 degrees; the average in July is 79.6 with an average high of 90 degrees. Our ranch has flatlands, rolling green grass hills, and four ponds. We are not in any flood zones; and landslides, brushfires, and earthquakes are extremely rare here. We are about 7 miles out of town, near the community of Mifflin.
I want to be able to visit my horse? How will I know if he's okay?
Visitors are always welcome, and there are many wonderful places to ride and visit. We are about 80 miles from Memphis and 125 miles from Nashville. We have found that with the best of intentions people put their horses out to pasture with the idea of making regular visits; but time constraints and other commitments curtail these rather quickly, once you know your horse is in good hands. Having your horse far away doesn't mean you should lose interest in his care and well being. To this end, we post digital photo updates of your horse regularly. We insist on a professional standard of care and therefore include the associated fees in our monthly board. We will consult you regularly about ongoing care and any concerns we have about your horse's welfare, and we welcome your involvement.
What are the advantages of pasture?
Being outside in a social environment keeps your horse mobile and eliminates boredom. Grazing is a more natural way to feed, and fewer digestive problems result. The increased wear on your horse's teeth and hooves is Mother Nature's way of helping to keep your aging partner fit and healthy. All that added to a quiet country lifestyle make up a formula for "happy ever after"!
Should I be concerned about colic or laminitis due to the rich grass and fescue?
Horses with a history of these problems would probably be best suited for the modified basic or deluxe pasture options. Grass is kept short for minimal grazing and horses are fed Bermuda hay; similar to a dry lot situation but with enough grazing to alleviate boredom.
I'd love for my horse to live forever, but what happens when he finally starts to decline?
If we see your horse start to decline, we will endeavor to work with you to see that your horse maintains an acceptable quality of life. We ask that you authorize us to allow for euthanasia; so that when the time comes we can have the vet put you horse down painlessly and with dignity. Burial sites are available for a reasonable fee.
What about transportation?
There are many excellent transportation companies. We recommend Creech Horse Transportation (800)727-0022 or (909)225-5171 and Horsein' Around Horse Transportation (800)234-4675. To help offset the cost of transportation, we offer one month free boarding after you have kept your horse here for one year... The 13th month is free!