Residents Gone to Greener Pastures

Loved and Sadly Missed

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Thirty years of horses who became part of our family when they retired to Orchard Equine Retirement. The hardest part of boarding retirees is saying good-bye. After thirty years it does not get easier, only harder to say good-bye.

We are grateful to their owners for letting us to share in loving their horses.

 

Molly

Arizona

Molly came to us in 2008 with her friend CJ. Molly definitely wins the award for one of the sweetest horses. Molly just loved attention and especially enjoyed having under her 

1988 - January 29, 2018

Monti

TB Gelding

Monti came to us from Long Island where his owner wanted Monti, a former lesson horse to never work again and to enjoy being a horse.

Monti met and immediately became very infatuated with our pony Jenny. Monti had never really had friends, and to have such an attractive pony as his friend, well what more could one want for their retired horse?

Monti Was diagnosed with EOTRH. The disease eventually caused Monti to lose weight despite all efforts. Monti joined his beloved Jenny on February 9, 2018

Aged 32 Years

Wren

TB Mare
1993- Dec 23rd, 2017

Wren, a TB mare was definitely a lead mare and one of the notorious "farm flirts"

Princess CJ

Open Jumper / Arizona

Arrived June 2008
Died June 2016

Prince's Reckoning
"Little Prince"

Hunter/Jumper
Long Island, NY

Ch OTTB Gelding

If ever a horse made himself felt, Prince did. Retired at eighteen when his owner, Hillary, fulfilled her promise to him. Hillary had promised Prince that if he made her dreams come true, she would retire him at eighteen.

One week after Prince arrived Hillary came down for a visit. She saddled Prince and took him for a ride returning 15 minutes later. As she dismounted Hillary declared,


"in fifteen years this horse has never been barn sour. He is barn sour now!"

Every year on his birthday Hillary sent Prince his favorite treats, Pop Tarts.

Prince's spontaneous neighing as he broke into a gallop and raced across the field are sorely missed.

Prince is laid to rest in the Apple Orchard with his favorite cribbing buddy by his side, Princess CJ. His grave was situated so that as the remaining members of his herd pass away they will all be buried next to him.

March 27 1988 - June 1 

Candy

Ch QH Pony Mare

PA
Died 2016

Percy

Show Jumper
Pennsylvania

1981 -2004

TB Gelding

When Percy arrived at Orchard Equine Retirement in April 2003 Percy was starved, full of worms, covered with rain rot and cellulitis. He had been boarded at a facility that claimed to be a horse "rescue/retirement" facility. This picture was taken a few months after his arrival at Orchard Equine Retirement.

Favorite Buddies: JB & Foxy

Laid to rest next to his two lady friends under the apple trees.

Loved and sadly missed by Jen & all of us at Orchard Equine Retirement.

Aged 23 Years


Tank

Dressage Competitor
Pennsylvania

Quarter Horse Gelding

1970 - April 2000


"A horse with a sense of adventure. Given a choice, he would always pick the new, unexplored trail. He was an escape artist who kept us busy upgrading gate and door hardware. He loved to visit the neighbors in the middle of the night and was accused of heavy breathing outside of bedroom windows. Alternatively, he would raid the garden, taking big bites out of ripe cantaloupes and stealing tomatoes."

Jane and Gil Bartholomew

Favorite Buddies -Misty & Pepsi

He's Amazing Too "Junior"

Chestnut TB Gelding
Long Island, NY

Junior used to accompany his brother to shows because when separated he became so distressed he coliced. 


Junior arrived in 2002 with very limited vision. He depended on us to lead him from his stall to his pasture. Junior became friends with Pepsi and Misty.


1970-August 29, 2002

Jake

 OTTB Gelding / New Jersey

Loved by Marge, Gus & all of us here at Orchard Equine Retirement. We will miss your nicker in the morning and the way you licked everybody who gave you treats...

Before being laid to rest Gus was given the opportunity to say goodbye to his friend. Gus nuzzled his face and muzzle as he did so often in life and then blew into Jake's nostrils before giving his buddy one last nuzzle. Gus watched as his friend was laid to rest under the apple trees.
We miss you Jake...

1970-December 27, 2005

Topper

All Around First Horse
1963 - July 3, 1997

Owned and loved by Yvonne for 32 years. Retired to Orchard Equine Retirement in

Friends with Robin

Aged 34 Years

Mr. Bunz

Pleasure Horse / Long Island

Arrived in August 1999 age 29 .EPM

1970 -

Kala Girl "Kala"

Pleasure Mare / Pennsylvania & Florida

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Foxy Lady "Foxy"

Delaware State Barrel Racing Champion
Pennsylvania

Arrived
pre 1970-December 7, 2004

Pepsi

4- H Competitor
Pennsylvania

Appaloosa Mare

1968 - July 20, 2003

Arrived March 1999

Pepsi carried her young rider to many championships in Maryland & Pennsylvania including the 4-H Finals in Harrisburg, PA. 

Pepsi - had a heart that never gave up. Pepsi really enjoyed when her owners came to visit her.

Best friends -Tank & Misty

Aged 35 Years

JB

Champion Paint Halter Mare
Pennsylvania

Arrived
1967-December 7, 2004

Smokie

OTTB Pleasure Horse / New Jersey & Ireland

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Nova

Chestnut QH Mare

Arrived
est 1970 -October 16, 1999

Pat

Draft Horse
Pennsylvania

Arrived
Died

Brother

TB Gelding 
Field Hunter Pennsylvania
1970-1995

Arrived

Sirocco

Pleasure & Show /France

Sirocco was our first retired boarder. Her family was relocating from Pennsylvania to France & obviously at her age Sirocco was not going to make the trip overseas!

Sirocco and Prince were good friends, both were kind well mannered horses. 

1962-1994

TB/Arab Mare

Oasis

Pleasure Horse / Manhattan

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