Tom Horton snaps a picture while his wife Sandra takes in the view. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)

In Photos: A Safe Haven For Horses


Paul Gregory never imagined that he would be rehabilitating horses.  After his father died three years ago, the younger Gregory quit his job as a real estate agent in Fort Lauderdale one day and then never looked back. 

Located in Alachua, the Retirement Home for Horses serves as a safe haven to horses of many different backgrounds. Some are active military and police horses ready to retire, while others are abused, neglected, unwanted or overworked horses from rescue groups. The facility does not accept horses from private owners. 

The horses are never worked or ridden again and stay at the farm until they pass away.  Dakota, one of the horses who “welcomes” visitors by the kiosk when they arrive, is 44 years old – the equivalent of almost 128 human years.

“When it’s passed away, we bury them here at the farm,” Gregory said. “And we plant an oak tree in their memory.” 

The farm is open to visitors every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price for admission? Two carrots.

Tom Horton snaps a photo while his wife, Sandra, takes in the view. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
Paul Gregory talks to the “Director of Kindness” Lynn Brennan stationed at the welcome center of the Retirement Home for Horses. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
A sign greets guest by the entrance of the horse retirement home. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
Camilla waits patiently for a carrot, banana or apple, items that guests can bring to feed the expectant horses. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
Charlie Santiago chomps on a carrot at the Retirement Home for Horses. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
The Laughing Horse sign is just one of the fun and playful decorations on the fence posts where horses eat snacks from your hands. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
Allison (left), Madison (center) and Charlie (right) eat outside during a nice day at the Retirement Home for Horses in Alachua. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
Seher strokes the nose of one of the many horses at the retirement home in Alachua. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
Kellan Allen leans up against the fence posts in hopes of petting one of the horses. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)
Paul Gregory, owner of the land, sits in his golf cart. (Jeremiah Ordos/WUFT News)

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