ALACHUA – Mill Creek Farm’s Retirement Home for Horses will soon have a new resident. Guido has served the Davie Police Department and the Town of Davie admirably since 2015. At 19 years of age, it might seem young for an officer to retire. But if you are a horse that is a different story. Guido has put in many hard hours and miles during his stint and over the years he has been the “go to” horse for many special events.
A Maryland bred thoroughbred, born on May 14, 2002, Guido in a Speedo had one win from seven starts as a racehorse. Although he wasn’t a world beater as a racehorse, he excelled in his life after racing.
Guido has definitely become a barn favorite, and has earned a proper retirement for a life of service. While this is a bittersweet moment for the Mounted Unit, they know that a healthy, safe and forever retirement is what he deserves.
Guido will be moving to the Retirement Home for Horses, Inc. at Mill Creek Farm in Alachua, Florida on Friday, May 21. He will meet up with his former equine friend, Officer Zach, as well as four horses from the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department (Sheba, Cappy, Eli and Commander) and three horses from the Broward County Sheriff's Office (Zeus, Apollo and Greystoke).
The farm encompasses 335 acres and is home to 133 horses and three miniature donkeys. Once a horse comes through the gates they are never worked or ridden again and get to spend the rest of their lives with all the vet, dental and farrier care they need along with grain, hay, carrots, apples, bananas, weekly grooming and lots of love.
Guido will be able to spend his retirement grazing all day long with the farm's resident retirees. The mission of the Retirement Home for Horses, Inc. is to take in horses seized by law enforcement and other frontline rescue groups in cruelty cases. They also accept active Police and Military Horses as they feel they have done their public service and deserve a proper retirement.
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