Military horses retire at Alachua Horse Retirement Home


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Two retired US military horses have now found a home at Mill Creek Farm Horse Retirement Home.

Realizing this was a long-held dream come true for Mary Gregory and her late husband Peter.

“When we first met we found we both love animals and we said if we ever made any money we would like to create a place to save animals,” said Mary Gregory, co-founder of the retirement home for horses.

So that’s exactly what they did. Since 1984, the farm has made a difference in the lives of animals.

Now retired military horses Ahab and Traveler feel the same love.

“They were from Fort Carson, Colorado from the Army Color Guard over there,” said Paul Gregory, president of the nonprofit shrine and son of Mary.

Traveler even has an American military tattoo that will stay with him forever.

Paul Gregory said both horses developed arthritis problems in their legs.

Many of the horses they welcome have been overlooked in the past.

“They usually go through our doors with skin and bones and are afraid of people,” said Mary Gregory.

But with the resources they have at Mill Creek Farm, they are able to make a difference for so many animals.

“After a little while you suddenly see them gain this new strength and vitality and shine around them and it’s just wonderful to see them thrive,” said Paul Gregory.

Ahab and Traveler are just two of the hundreds of retired horses on the farm.

“We never turned down a legitimate case,” said Mary Gregory.

With 335 acres of land, Gregory’s plan is to give the horses a place to retreat for years to come.

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