Full Care Retirement Services
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As the premier full care horse retirement facility we will facilitate all of your retired horse's needs, from scheduling routine health care visits to the arrangement of the repair and cleaning of all of your horse's wardrobe. No matter how minor or major we will have your horse's needs met.
Your Horse's Wardrobe
Blanketing, Fly Sheets, Masks
Halters- We prefer washable nylon halters with breakaway crowns. Hard to catch horses wear nylon halters with breakaway crowns. Horses wear halters with breakaway crowns until integrated into their herd.
Horses are blanketed in early winter depending on the temperature, after first being allowed to grow their winter hair coat.
Turnout sheets are utilized on milder winter weather days.
Fly sheets are utilized for horses, generally thin skinned TB's, who are bothered by flies. An alternative for sensitive horses is a stall during the fly season.
Fly Masks - We utilize various brands depending on what fits your horse best. Halters with break away crowns are used to keep masks on horses who like to shed their masks. Fly masks prevent health issues caused by pollen, allergens, and insects.
Shoo Fly Leggins reduce horses stamping flies & bot eggs.
Fly Masks and Shoo Fly Leggins are provided as part of the flat rate board option.
Blanket Washing & Repair
Berks's Blanket Service
Donna Tomanelli of Berk's Blanket Service with over 30 years' experience in all aspects of blanket cleaning and repairs handles all of our horse blankets, sheets and fly sheets washing and repair. Donna also handles washing our nylon halters and cotton lead ropes.
If your horse’s blanket or sheet is damaged, Orchard Equine Retirement provides the use of a replacement at no charge, dependent upon size availability. Again, depending on size availability we can provide blankets or sheets for owner’s whose horses don’t have a blanket or sheet. This service is made possible by owners generous donation of their horses’ wardrobe when they pass away.
The washing and repair of your horse’s blankets, sheets, fly sheets, and halter washing is included in Orchard Equine Retirement’s flat rate boarding option. Owners who prefer itemized invoices are billed for this service.
Bathing, Clipping, Brushing
Regular weekly grooming with weekly or monthly bathing is an additional service.
Horses are groomed before blankets put on. Visiting owners are welcome to use our grooming vacuum when visiting their horse.
Manes & Tails - We prefer to let retired horses' manes and tails grow as nature intended for protection against biting insects and protection against the weather. However if a shortened mane is your preference, we will trim their mane. Mane pulling is uncomfortable to the horse, and hey this is their retirement so we prefer to not pull manes to shorten.
Spring and Late Summer baths and hosing off in hot weather are complimentary.
Body clipping for horses with Cushings is billed separately.
Illness & Injury Care
Minor cuts and abrasions are a normal part of herd life. Minor cuts and abrasions are cleaned with Betadine or Chlorhexidine and a wound medication such as AluSpray applied at no charge.
Hoof Abscesses are a common ailment among newly retired Thoroughbreds, many of whom have thin soles and have had their front shoes pulled for the first time in years. Once acclimated to being barefoot hoof abscesses are rare. Customers are billed for wrapping and poulticing hooves.
We strongly recommend discussing with your farrier the application of a product to toughen your horse's soles before their shoes are pulled in an effort to reduce the chance of an abscess developing from a stone bruise.
Skin conditions caused by Dermatophilus congelensis is a bacteria that behaves like a fungus. On the horses lower legs it is known as dew poisoning or scratches while on the back it is known as rain rot. Both conditions are time consuming to treat require bathing, softening and the removal of scabs. A horse’s immune system plays a role in whether or not a horse develops the condition and its severity.
Lay-Up Care & Recovery
Colic Post Op Care
Horses requiring stall rest utilize the oversize 12’ x 16’ box stall in the Upper Barn with a tack room observation window allowing occupants to be observed without disturbance. The exterior Dutch Door is equipped with a top and bottom grill allowing for excellent cross ventilation and providing occupants with a clear view of other horses.
Restricted turnout is provided in a 80’ x 40’ dirt paddock with its own run in shed or slightly larger grass paddock with access to a run in shed. Smaller paddocks can be constructed utilizing fence panels with access to a run in shed.
Fees, if any, for these services are determined on an individual basis.
Alternative Medicine Treatment
Chiropractic & Accupunture
Our veterinarian, Kopec Veterinary Services offers Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, ESWT. ESWT is used to restore soundness,reduce pain, treat navicular syndrome and other musculoskeletal conditions and heal wounds. For more information on ESWT
Alternative therapies such as Acupuncture, Acutherapy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, and Physical Therapy recommended by our vets or requested by owners can be arranged in cooperation with our veterinarians. We utilize only veterinarians trained in these modalities or a therapist working under the direct supervision of our vets.
Providers bill owners directly for these services.