Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm, Alachua

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In 1984, Peter and Mary Gregory created the Retirement Home For Horses, Inc., a nonprofit sanctuary for old, abused, and abandoned horses in Alachua, in North Central Florida.

The Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm is over 300 acres of tree-lined, rolling green pastures that is protected by a perpetual conservation easement that prevents the land from being developed, ensuring that the Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm will always be a sanctuary for horses in need.

Approximately 40 acres are native woods and wetlands and are home to many animals such as deer, fox, rabbits, squirrels and many species of birds.

There are currently 140 horses that are now retired at the farm. And while some of the horses may live here for many years, and others sadly may die too soon, each and every horse will be able to live out their lives in peace and tranquility with care and attention while at the Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm. Newly rescued horses arrive on a regular basis and it is always hoped that they will be able to enjoy a long retirement at Mill Creek Farm.

Peter died in 2014 and now their son Paul along with Mary manage the farm and live and labor there as well. Regular volunteers assist them with the feeding and grooming of the horses, as well as the chores that go with a working farm.

The yearly cost to run the farm is approximately $300,000. The Retirement Home For Horses relies solely on donations and the kind support of people like you. Please help us provide a safe sanctuary for these horses. Your donations will allow many horses to be saved from the suffering of abuse and neglect.

We are open to the public every Saturday from 11AM to 3PM. Admission is 2 carrots!

For more information on donating to the Retirement Home for Horses, please use this link:
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  • Paul and Mary with all the volunteers will welcome you and you will meet all retirees, horses, pony, donkeys. In a superb hilly setting. To get there, take the direction of the College, pass in front and 2 miles after you will pass over the highway and it is immediately right.
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  • It is not just the horses but the other visitors that make this place fun. We met folks from other states that stopped in to visit as well. Take lots of carrots or apples to help feed the rescued anim...  more »
  • Wow! What an amazing acreage for horses. My wife and I were completely in awe at the space for each horse. So grateful places like this exist and for the admission of CARROTS! We had to "buy" a shirt to donate some money! Nice people.
  • This was one of our favorite activities on our family vacation. The staff is so friendly and the ranch is so fun. You can roam for what feels like miles, and see more horses than you've probably ever encountered up close and personal. Feeding them is a delight and trust me, you'll wish you had brought more apples, carrots and bananas than you did (so buy extra!)

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