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“Healing place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm

Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Alachua
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Florida
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93 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Healing place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

A beautiful farm with retired, abused or abandoned horses. Take I-75 to exit #399 then go north on 441, turn right immediately after Santa Fe High School, then it is two more right turns by following signs. The farm backs up against I-75. GPS will give you wrong directions.
This is a wonderful attraction for all ages! They have carrots you can buy there or bring your own. Also there is one horse who does not have teeth, bring him a banana. He cannot eat carrots because of his dental issue. They don't sell bananas there. Some horses are skinny, this is because they are either a new arrival or they're just elderly and get skinny in old age like humans. They are happy here though you can just sense it and feel it.
It will bring tears to your eyes how much these gentle giants appreciate your visit. They love to be petted and talked to. It is best to go right when they open to the public at 11am on Saturday so eat a big breakfast and bring a bottle of water for yourself and wear comfortable walking shoes. There are benches to rest or just watch these amazing animals. If you go at 2pm it tends to get pretty crowded, so 11 is ideal, plus the horses haven't had all those carrots yet :) The horses are well behaved and not aggressive at all. Bring kids, elderly, anyone will love this. I saw some mentally challenged adults there and it really brought them a lot of joy feeding and interacting with the horses.
Consider giving a donation, this is a charitable organization. You can write it off on your taxes too.
I drove 2 hours each way just to go here. It was well worth the drive.

Visited December 2013
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Miami, Fl USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An amazing place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

Retirement Home for Horses is truly a wonderful sanctuary for the most unwanted of horses.
The horses that arrive at Mill Creek Farm are old (over 20) and have been rescued by law enforcement agencies or SPCAs. They arrive starved and in ill health.
The mission of this farm is to allow these horses a retirement in a beautiful pastures with vet care and constant attention.
The horses are never ridden or worked again .
The farm is open every Saturday from 11a-3p. Please bring lots of carrots though. I ran out by the time I reached the first 4 pastures!

Visited November 2013
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5 Thank rootieD
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Cleveland, Ohio
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Horse retirement home welcomes visitors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

Mill Creek Farm has over 200 acres and provides a permanent home to 100+ horses, ponies, mules and donkeys who are abandoned, rescued or retired from police, circuses, and experimental programs. Please know that like very old people, very old horses may not be calendar girl material and can take longer to recover from setbacks. Please note that the horse in these pictures is 32 years old and did stress when he arrived at Mill Creek (he paced continuously and lost weight due to anxiety). He has put on weight since the photo when at his lowest condition was taken (his eyes are still bright and happy in that pic though, hence he started to eat again). This 32 year old horse had been abandoned and many like him can be found enjoying life again as they spend their twilight years at Mill Creek. It is a special place that won't be around for ever.

Visited December 2012
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Burleson, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Amazing place to see horses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

This farm is a retirement home for many horses. When a horse comes to the farm they have a home until they pass on. The admission fee is two carrots but you will need at least 3 or 4 bags. As you wander from one paddock to the next the horses all come up to the fence for a carrot and many want to be petted. we spent at least a couple of hours there and really enjoyed the many different horses.

Visited September 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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27 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2013

If you love horses this place was really neat. The fee was only 2carrots(would prefer a 5lb bag). They have carrots there to purchase as well. We took 4 bags with us and wound up buying 6 more bags. It was well worth the trip. Our boys enjoyed feeding the horses. They have a variety of horses. It is really touching to a animal lovers heart. Would definelty reccommend and would also go back for another trip.

Visited December 2012
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