Equine Retirement

Equine Retirement & long term recovery care

Bergmaga Farm LLC offers retirement for your horses or long term care for resting and recovering from injuries that need time for the body to heal.

Facilities.

We have 16 acres with four loafing sheds. Each shed has two 12 by 12 shelter and various size paddocks for adjusting your horse to the pasture life. Our stalls have rubber matting and hand watered buckets are provided, we like to monitor their water intake. We always put a new horse in their own area so they can settle in for as long as it takes and then we can either put them with the other pasture horses or expand their own pasture.

We do have a barn with two stall bays set up if we get a horse that does not feel well.

We do not board horses in the barn on a daily basis at this time.

Many people ask about winters on the farm. Every year we bring in sand or hog fuel along with straw to maintain the mud paths leading to the loafing shed. The pastures stay very solid in winter and the horses feet do fine. We are a farm for the retired or long term horse which is more of outdoor living, so we like the horses to hair up as much as possible here. We do use waterproof blankets due to the weather in the pacific northwest. If it warms up on winter and spring days the blankets get pulled and put back on at night.

What do we feed?

We feed our local grass hay in the AM and Timothy from Eastern Washington in the PM.  We wanted the horses to get the benefits of selenium from the Eastern Washington hay and also to benefit from the local grass hay that matches our grazing fields. We have noticed it is better for their digestive systems. We have chosen haystack special blend pellets as our choice of pelleted grain.  We feed the haystack at night. Salt is provided.

If you have supplements you want to provide we will be happy to feed them.

If you wanted another supplement feed for your horse as long as it fits our budget we will provided it. If it goes beyond our budget for your horses feed you are responsible for the balance. If you want alfalfa or other type of hay, as long as we can get it from our hay source which is a good source we can arrange that for your horse.

What’s included in Care?

Water daily, feed hay two times a day, grazing, salt, haystack pellets unless otherwise advised. Cleaning 2 times a day, minimal bedding. We do not bed our sheds like they are bedded at horse shows. We used bedding to keep it comfortable.

If you want a lot of bedding for your horse, we would be happy to accommodate as long as you buy the extra bedding.

Blanketing and feeding supplements are included. We check their feet weekly but we are always checking the horses every couple of hours for any issues that could arise.

What about trims and shoes?

We have a farm farrier that comes to our place and trims the horses on a schedule.  Winter is a tough time for shoes here and hard to stay on.

We highly recommend pulling shoes. In spring, summer and part of fall front shoes are fine. Hind shoes if they need them are fine but we can not put horses together with hind shoes. We have experienced too much damage to the other horse from a kick just because they had hind shoes.

Our Prices – Board starts at $450.00 a month.

                     If you require extra food and bedding the bill would be higher for you.

                     Trims : $35.00 to $40.00

                     Shoes: $70.00 fronts,   $90.00 for a full set of steels

You are welcome to have your farrier come here , Just let us know.

Honoring the horses here at Bermaga Farm is a privilege for us. We are a family owned business and have been working in the horse field for 40 years. We have been in the equine and K9 therapy world and it was part of our vision to have a farm for our retired show horse clients. Not all clients are suited for our farm but for those that resonate with this peaceful place we welcome you.  We also wanted a farm close enough to the city of seattle. We love the town of Montesano and it is 30 minutes west of Olympia Wa.

What do I need to provided as the owner?

Waterproof horse blanket, sheet and medium weight. Best if the style goes up the neck past the wither.

Fly Mask, Fly sheet if the horse has an issue with flies and bugs in the summer.

Bell boots if needed.

Halter and lead rope.

Supplements, extra bedding, extra feed.

From a Therapist experience:

One thing to consider for your horse on long term rest here at our farm. As an equine therapist we have seen our share of injuries from the performance world. We know about the hard work and finances it takes to rehab your horse at your training facility or home barn. Most horses that come here to Bermaga Farm are horses that have been diagnose but can’t figure out why they are not getting better when put back to work after a month or time advised off for rest.  We have noticed with the horses that have a better chance of a good recovery if they have a full year off and leg up in the pastures footing for all four seasons.

The ground changes every season and somehow encourages the tendons, ligaments and muscles to strengthen. Winter can get muddy on some parts of the farm but the horses do fine with their footfalls and seem to become more aware of their body mechanics. Spring the ground starts to get more springy due to the new grass.

Although we limited the grazing time due to the new fresh grass the horses enjoy this time of year. Summer comes and the ground gets harder and the feet dryer. Hoof oil maintenance is required here but the horses get to be on harder ground which changes the proprioceptors in the limbs and brain. In Fall the ground starts to get wet and the ground is a nice springy balance again. Each seasonal change is gradual, giving time for the horses body mechanics to adjust and build strength. The open pastures gives them the freedom to use their bodies and increase the range of motion.

Many postural shifts happen during this time of recovery and I really feel it is important to mention this factor in the horses well being. People sometimes, and yes it depends on the issue, just seem to put their horses back to work too soon.