Providing committed horse owners the very best we have to offer when it comes to placing your treasured horse in full retirement. At Weber's, you choose an individualized care program that is tailored to meet your horse's unique needs. Here, your horse is adopted into our farm family and will receive the highest quality care and attention they deserve.
Sandy, age 30 and Sonny, age 28
A DAY IN THE LIFE.... A typical day means your horse will be hanging out with their best friends. We believe older horses do best in small numbers and every effort is made to ensure a compatible mix of personalities. The last thing any horse needs is to be chased around by the pasture bully. Full time access to roughage via pasture or hay is ideal for keeping them happy. Contentment reduces anxiety and digestive disorders. Picture your horse standing head to tail napping under the many shade trees each pasture has to offer. Loafing sheds provide shelter when weather dictates. Feed times for supplements or meds are designed to meet the needs of each individual horse. Other aspects of your horses day can be detailed to meet the desires of each horse's owner. Individual box stalls, extra grooming, or even hand walking on the trails in the woods, can be arranged. Horse treats, carrots and apples are a part of every retiree's life here on the farm.
Our Featured "Farm Family" Member
Aly Cat and Suzanne
"ALY" is an OTTB, bred and raised in Washington State. He is a wonderfully outgoing, playful, people oriented horse and we really developed a strong bond. As soon as he would hear my car pull up he would be completely focused on me watching my every step around the barn. But like many race horses, he has had far more than his share of hard knocks.
Aly started life at the track and was raced for many years as a claimer and had an amazing 76 starts! Sadly, he often brought up the end of the pack but was kept racing despite his dismal record. Eventually he did end up at auction and was lucky enough to find a new owner who bought him as an eventing prospect. With his lovely gaits he always won the dressage and did well enough up to Training level but clearly wasn’t going to be the upper level eventer she hoped for. Happily for me and for him (I hope!) that meant he found his new home with me. I was planning to do lower level eventing on him but at the pre-purchase exam the vet made it clear that given his back problems I could event for a few years at most, or hopefully, I could do many years of dressage. Of course at that point I had fallen in love so the decision was easy and that is how we started our dressage career together.
I wish I could say it was smooth sailing from that point on but that was not to be the case. We did manage several very successful seasons competing at Training and First level but set-backs included a serious knee injury in turn-out and worsening of his kissing spine. And as Kim & Rob can attest, that horse has the craziest problems! The strangest one was finding that a porcupine quill had been embedded in his abdomen for many years, eventually becoming quite infected and requiring significant surgery. His case was so unusual he was featured in Tuft’s Veterinarian magazine as mystery case of the month! Not a distinction I would recommend to anyone!
Eventually it became clear that despite all my efforts to keep him happy under the saddle, the time had come, at the relatively early age of 16, to retire him. It was a very difficult to decision to send him down South as he and I had become very bonded during all his ups and downs and I couldn’t imagine life without him close by. But I knew it was in his best interest to send him somewhere warmer with equine buddies to play with. As you all know life with the Webers in Kentucky is as close to horse heaven as it gets, and as much as I miss him, I’m happy that after all he has been through over the years he now enjoys the best possible life I can give him.
Suzanne and Aly
ALY, on left, with his retirement buddies.
Please visit our ARCHIVES page for past "Featured Farm Members" stories.
A COMFORTING THOUGHT....
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Rob & Kim Weber phone-270-625-9474 e-mail- firstname.lastname@example.org We are located at: 1013 Dripping Springs Road Princeton, KY 42445