• Medicine Horse Ranch, POB 224, Tomales, CA 94971
  • office@medicinehorseranch.org
  • 707-878-2441
  • 707-878-2440

Horse Retirement

The Spirit of the Horse

Retirement Home for Horses

Many horse owners are faced with the difficult decision of where to find a good facility for their retired horse.  Whether your horse is retired due to old age, lameness, or special medical needs, it’s important to find the right facility.

We provide affordable, safe and happy retirement options with all the comfort and dignity a retired horse needs.

The ranch offers access to grazing, water, shade and shelter for all horses without crowding. Our emphasis is on restoring the natural spirit of your horse.

Benefits from natural pasture:

  • Low stress
  • Restoration of ‘herd spirit’
  • Harmony with nature and other horses
  • Freedom to roam and graze
  • Lots of exercise
  • Fewer health and hoof problems
  • Socialization with other horses

Your horse deserves to be allowed to live its remaining years in the company of other horses and in an environment, that has been the ancestral home for horses for hundreds of years.

Retirement Home for Horses

(Rates and Fees)

Board: (paddock and/or pasture) $395.00 per month

Sorry no stallions

Feeding: 2- 3 times a day as we determine.  (Our pasture grass typically arrives in late March to early/mid -June). Paddocks available at no extra charge.  There is access to water in clean troughs and salt licks.

Feed: High quality alfalfa (horse hay) and high quality orchard grass and/or Oat hay.  No more than 25 horses on premises at a time.  We offer stable mix and supplemental feeding for more senior horses who can longer process hay.

De-Worming: $20.00 every 3 months, this is required and part of the contract.

Veterinarian: Dr. Jim Williams, DVM (billing is separate)

Mandatory Vaccinations: The following vaccinations are required on a yearly basis:

Rabies, Tetanus toxoid, Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, Western Equine Encephalomyelitis.

Semi Annual vaccines required are: Influenza, Rhinopneumontis, and West Nile Virus.  Geldings will have sheath cleaned at least once a year.  Emergency calls as needed and at our discretion.

Dentistry is performed as an as needed basis.  As horses age the amount of reserve crown of the teeth become less and less.  When all the reserve crown of the tooth is used up, the term to describe the tooth is “expired” it means the root is very short and these teeth may become loose in the socket, develop infection of the dental ligament and need to be extracted so that the horse may comfortably eat.

Farrier: Eric White is our farrier for shoeing.

½ front shoes are 125- 145.00.  Trims are $85.00, typically every 6- 8 weeks.  No back shoes are allowed in herd horses.

Available for your horse (* optional services)

Blanketing services:  $45.00 per month during season.  You supply the blanket, we will bill repairs and cleaning.  This is coastal weather, temperatures can drop to 40 degrees, with wind and rain as factors to blanket horses.  There is natural shelter for horses to get out of the weather.

Fly Spray: $20.00 per month, applied every other day (required in the summer months during fly season).  Please supply a fly mask for your horse.

Grooming: $10.00 per grooming includes brushing, hoof care and tail maintenance. Baths determined by conditions and need.

Additional supplements: Varies as needed.  We bill accordingly.

Trailer/ Hauling:  Billed by your service provider.

Trailering in and out for other than medical purposes is discouraged.

We require proof of negative Coggins for horse transported across state lines.

All horses must provide a current certificate of health that includes a record of vaccinations prior to boarding.

You are welcome to visit your horse on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, year- round.

Other visitation arrangement is by individual need and written permission only.


This is a retirement facility for your horse, not a training facility.  As such, horses are not to be ridden on ranch property.

If you’re highly considering putting your horse in a retirement check out Alyssa Aubrey’s article in the Marin Horse Council Journal Summer Solstice 2007, “Thinking About Retirement.”



When it was time for Nomad to retire, many of his friends offered ideas and suggestions for appropriate locations. Medicine Horse Ranch in Tomales, California was our unanimous choice. The facility offered a favorable coastal climate, a return to the social structure of a herd, and a daily caring eye on his well being and comfort. He immediately fit into his new lifestyle and found new companions and purpose there. I am so glad we had those final years.

— Dee Mullen