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Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.

300 East Haddam Road
Salem CT 06420

Tax ID/EIN: 56-2495790
Year Founded: 2004
Last Updated 2017-04-20

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2017 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization's primary activity is equine retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
To provide a safe and comfortable retirement alternative for aged and infirm horses to live out their lives, and offering educational opportunities to the public on equine welfare and management.

Horse-related programs:
Un-wanted horses are already over-stressing rescue organizations. Permanent sanctuaries such as Mitchell Farm are necessary to take the older or infirm horse out of the mix - a benefit to the horse as well as the horse world. We not only provide a permanent home for a number of these animals, we also set an example as a model sanctuary and educate the public about animal welfare and the proper care for older horses.<br /><br />Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement is presently has full care and ownership of 28 horses and maintains a waiting list. Either advanced age or infirmity has caused an end to the useful, athletic lives of these animals; however they are healthy enough to enjoy a comfortable retirement for many years to come. Ownership of the horses is turned over to the organization. In return, former owners are promised that Mitchell Farm will be responsible for full care of the horse for the balance of its comfortable life. In managing these horses, the organization fully subscribes to the standards of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).<br /> The horses retired to Mitchell Farm graze in grassy pastures and have safe stalls to return to in inclement weather. They are fed a diet fitted to their individual needs and are given veterinary and farrier services regularly. Mitchell Farm becomes their permanent home where they are allowed to remember or in some cases learn to just be a horse.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Special Skills
Minimum Age: 16
Volunteers with special skills and talents are always welcome. Whether you are into photography, have great computer skills or have construction knowledge, any talent can be utilized. Feel free to contact our volunteer coordinator to offer your skills and time.

Special Events
Minimum Age: 16
Most of the fund-raising at Mitchell Farm comes from our special events. Volunteers are needed for committee work, event coordination, care of the horses during the event, support services and many other tasks. This is an excellent way for someone to volunteer who may not be able to make a recurring commitment to the farm or for groups to participate in all the fun.

Minimum Age: 16
Volunteers with computer skills are always welcome to assist with word processing, photocopying, bulk mailings and other office related tasks. Our Executive Director will always welcome help on this front. No knowledge of horses is necessary to help in the office.

Minimum Age: 16
Volunteers can help with general maintenance around the farm. This may include daily stall cleaning, repairs and improvements (minor and major), construction projects, or field care. Some of these items are daily occurrences and others are special projects

Horse Care
Minimum Age: 16
Volunteers have the opportunity to work directly with the horses on the farm. Volunteers who wish to work directly with our residents must first attend a volunteer orientation and training session. This will allow the staff to assess your knowledge of horses and comfort level working around them. A prior knowledge of horses or their care is not necessary but a willingness to make a regular time commitment is appreciated.

Wish List Items

Water Hoses
Two 100 ft. durable hoses. They seem to wear out quickly when you use them everyday!

Fly Control
Fly spry and swat. We use Fly Preditors to try and keep the barn fly population to a minimum. Swat works especially well on sensitive areas where black flies like to gather!

27 Equimaxx Dewormers

Fencing Materials
8 ft. cedar posts & 10 ft.oak rails. We are trying to replace remaining electric fence with more suitable board fence.

5 Gallon Flat Back Buckets
For replacement of worn buckets.

Small Engine Tune-ups
For our lawn tractor, brush cutter, weed whacker, chain saw etc.

Two 10 Ft X 40 Ft Run In Sheds.

Quick Spade Combo Attachment For Front End Loader

*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.