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              Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get information on my horse if he/she is part of the Retirement Community?
We will email photos of your horse, and update you on how he/she is doing.  We enjoy sharing stories of their interactions with other horses.  You are welcome to phone us to check in on your horse as well.

Can I visit my horse?
We welcome visitors to Blue Rose Ranch.  When you come, you are invited to spend the night at the ranch as our guest, especially those with lengthy travel.  Visiting the ranch is a great way to observe your horse as part of the herd, to understand the care your horse receives at Blue Rose Ranch, and to meet your horse’s buddies.  

Can you help transport my horse?
Blue Rose Ranch can transport your horse if needed.  You will need to arrange dates in advance and cover the cost of fuel and travel expenses.

What services are included in the $200 per month Boarding Fee?
Pretty much everything your horse needs.  The fee includes hay and pasture, supplemental senior feed if needed, yearly vaccinations and rotational worming, regular trims – as needed, yearly vet/teeth check and floating when needed, pain medication if needed, care of minor injuries i.e., a cut that becomes infected and needs a round of antibiotics. This information is covered in the Horse Retirement Agreement.

When are payments due?
Payments for the Horse Retirement Community must be paid quarterly in advance ($600).  Some horse owners prefer to pay a year in advance ($2,400).  Checks should be made payable to Blue Rose Ranch.

My horse has never lived in a herd.  Will my horse thrive under this “natural horse life”?
Horses are herd animals and have natural herd instincts.  Some horses adjust in a very short time and join the Blue Rose Ranch herd immediately.  Other horses need more time to transition.  We treat every horse individually and give them the time they need.  All horses coming to Blue Rose Ranch start out in our “incoming horse area”, where they begin their adjustment to Blue Rose Ranch. In this area, horses have an individual shelter and corral area.  Horses are curious about newcomers, and start introducing themselves over the fence. The horses generally move as a large herd around the ranch, and within the herd horses have their individual friends they hang with.  Some horses become best friends with one horse and they move as a pair everywhere, in and around larger groups of horses.

My horse comes from a show background and has always been blanketed and lived in a stall.  What do you do with ex-show horses?
Our experience is that horses would much rather live roaming and grazing than standing in a small area.  Horses come from different backgrounds and are transitioned to life at Blue Rose Ranch individually.  For example, a horse who arrives in November having been blanketed has not had a chance to grow a winter coat.  This horse will need special handling through the winter months the first season, but will grow a winter coat in subsequent years.  We experience four seasons at Blue Rose Ranch, and horses naturally grow and shed winter coats.  We seldom have protracted weeks of very cold weather, and we have low humidity.  Any horse who displays discomfort with cold will be blanketed.  We have many shelters and places where the  horses are protected from wind, rain, and snow.

We have experience with horses from show backgrounds.  The most memorable were two Paso Finos that had been kept in a heated and air-conditioned stable.  At Blue Rose Ranch, they learned to graze, made friends with other horses, and became very comfortable with “natural horse life”.  It took months and special handling to aid their transition. Today they are very happy horses.

What will a day for my horse look like?
Generally, the horse herd spends the night roaming and grazing the ranch. We are pretty sure their evening includes horse “night games”.  Blue Rose Ranch is a great horse property with interesting places for horses to explore. On the west side of the ranch we have a well, powered by solar, that sits close to a grove of trees. The water runs over the horse tank into a pond.  Some horses love to play in the pond. Bear Creek runs through the ranch in a horse shoe pattern and there is also a lake. The horses have access to shelter throughout the ranch.

The horses move to the corrals in the morning.  Sometimes they put themselves in the corrals, and other times we call them in.  Horses who need special feed supplements receive them in the morning, and some also receive needed feed supplement again in the afternoon.  Any medications, i.e. Previcox, are administered in the mornings.  During the week, horses are brushed and walked.  Mid-afternoon, the corrals are open and the horses wander out to graze again.  A very peaceful life.  Horses like having a “job”. Coming to the corrals each morning is a type of job.  Then they are handled, groomed, fussed on.

There are times we chose to keep the horses in the corrals for their safety, i.e. extreme weather conditions, or when we need to control the pasture grass.  Grass bales of hay are continually available for the horses during these times.

Blue Rose Ranch holds a Youth Horse Camp each June. Every horse has a job that week.  Your horse will be called into duty to stand and be brushed for grooming school, or your horse may be responsible for ground school, where the kids learn to lead horses through a trail course in the arena.  The horses love the excitement of Horse Camp.

Are the Rescued Horses and Retirement Horses kept together?
Usually, yes.  We do not buy or bring in sale barn horses, and all horses are isolated and screened when they first come in.  We maintain a disease and infection free environment.

What expectations does Blue Rose Ranch have of me if my horse relocates to the Retirement Community?

  • Finances can never be an issue.  We require payment in advance quarterly or an annual payment.
  • Your horse must be halter broke and safe around other horses and people.
  • Your horse must be able to receive at least some nutrition from grazing, even though we do supplement with senior feeds when needed.
  • We cannot take a horse that needs expensive ongoing medical treatment.

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