Premier Horse Retirement
Arbalette Castle Ranch is Northern California's premier Horse
Retirement Facility. The ranch is located a few miles outside of
Grass Valley, California in the Gold Country Wine Region above the
valley fog line and below the snow. With 320 acres, there are plenty
of meadows, pastures, ponds, spring fed creeks and shady oak trees
providing a paradise for your retired equine.
Arbalette Castle Ranch, a historic property, is the only ranch on the West Coast surrounded on two sides by an 11,000 acre Wildlife refuge. The riding out from the ranch is unmatched. And did we mention it is a castle? Well a villa actually. The historic ranch is over 60 years old and has operated continuously as a cattle ranch. The walls were built by the original owner who envisioned a southern European castle that was a perfect compliment to our sun drenched Mediterranean Italy type weather. There are gardens, pools and beautiful architecture perfect for special hosted events. Of course we grow a few olive groves and grape vines!
Horse Retirement Details
We are horse people. As long term show horse owners and breeders of horses we understand the needs of your long time equestrian partners. We believe that horses love to be horses so we have both pasture retirement (with run in sheds) complimented by lots of grassy meadows and rolling hills with shade. AND, we also have large pipe pastures with mare motel covers for those retired equines who don't want to get too much of a gallop going due to injury retirements. In either case they are checked daily by onsite staff. We offer a senior feed supplement as an added charge to both groups and we recommend it to all. We also unfortunately can only take 25 horses and sometimes have a waiting list since we work with some of Californians leading trainers providing retirement services for their clients.
On call Vet and farrier services are available as is transportation to vet services.
- Transition Retirement* (night paddock and daily out) $350-450/mo
- Pasture retirement in a group of compatible horses 250/mo
- Pipe paddock retirement in a 30-60 paddock - 550/mo (includes hay 2X a day and lunch pellets)
- Stable Mix senior supplement - 30 mo
- Farrier services 2-6 times a year 40 a trim
- Transportation $1.10 a mile
- Wormer - included
- Annual Vet services billed directly
* includes communication with your trainer on horse status and needs.