Kentucky has always been known for its rich history in the horse world. It is often referred to as "Horse Heaven on Earth" There is no mistaking that its moderate climate offers a great place to retire. Kentucky experiences all four seasons without the harsh winters of the north nor the extreme heat of the south. The gentle rolling hills provide excellent drainage promoting good footing often required by older horses with arthritis and joint problems. The long grazing season is ideal for any horse.
TRUST-Entrusting the horse you love so much is a big step of faith. Choosing to send your horse to retire in a climate that can be better suited to their needs, often means you can't just stop by on your way home from work to check on how they are doing. You need peace of mind that your horse is getting the best care possible.
REPUTATION-You can count on ours. Many references are available from both equine professionals and past clientele alike to help put your mind at ease in making this very important decision.
EXPERIENCE-We have over 60 years of combined experience in the horse world. We previously owned and operated Weber Performance Horses, LLC, a large training and boarding facility located in Southeast Wisconsin. Focusing on family and faith called us back to Kentucky where we now reside on our 65 acre farm.
The Weber Family - Kim, Rob, Emily and Bob
Rhonda & Sara
When a care package from Weber’s Retired Horses appeared on my desk at my Southern Wisconsin barn in the spring of 2011,I had no idea who Kim and Rob Weber even were. But I immediately noticed that they had included small packages of horse treats for my clients’ horses, and to me that spoke volumes about how they put the happiness of the horses first. A few months had past and I had a client who was struggling with the decision to retire her horse. I knew that he only had a few years left, and that keeping him with me in our training barn was not the best life for a horse that deserved a happy retirement. After a few heart to hearts, she agreed to move her gelding to the Weber’s beautiful Kentucky farm, and neither she nor I ever regretted a moment of that decision. I had the pleasure of visiting the farm that first summer, and I was so impressed with the care the Weber’s gave to each horse, and they were so very hospitable to us when we visited them. The barn and the stalls were clean, the pasture space is vast, and they really seemed to understand the unique needs of senior horses. Since then I have sent all of the horses in my care who are ready for retirement to the Weber's. They are horsemen who love horses, and like me they take great pride in caring for their client’s horses as if they were their own. The horses there not only receive perfect care, they are deeply loved by the Weber's, and to me that means more than anything. My clients are always so grateful that we have found a wonderful place for their horses to live out their days, and every time I see one of my beloved horses on their Facebook page running freely through the beautiful pastures, looking happy, healthy, and most of all loved, I know that I too have done my job well by insuring that they are in the very best hands in the business.
"When the veterinary confirmed that its time to retire my boy, Harley Tang, the fear and the heart wrenching experience was beyond words. Not only because we cannot enjoy the ride together anymore, it also implied that we have to be separated far away from each other because retirement for Harley in Hong Kong is not an option at all. Technical speaking, there was no restriction to where I could sent Harley for retirement. Therefore I tried to envision what the retirement life my boy should have and created a list of requirements that the retirement farm need to fulfill. Effectively, I was looking for a farm which can provide customized services, the weather of the place cannot be too harsh for a senior horse all year round, the farm can provide frequent update and quick response to my inquiries.
With the requirements in mind, I found Weber's Retired Horse Farm from internet. I won't deny I was skeptical about the services they said they could offer and how they took care of horses thru emails because I didn’t know anything about Weber’s family. Therefore, I paid a visit to the farm before I made up my mind. First impression was the farm was BEAUTIFUL and the retired horses were well fed and healthy. The stable was clean, tidy and without any smell. Rob and Kim were not only experienced in horses, they both are able to tell me the character of every single horse in the farm, what they need, what they like, the age of the horses, where they came from....etc. This is because Kim and Rob will only accept limited number of horses in the farm, therefore, they will be able to spend time with the horses and take care of them just like their own horses. Unlike other horse farm that I had visited or made inquiry thru emails, people's attention and interaction with horses are not something luxury for the horses in Weber’s farm. Therefore, I can trust them to give my boy some special care and look after him as they promised.
Although I am 8000 miles away from my boy, I still have peace of mind because I know I left my boy to the best hand and trustworthy people. Horses will not lie. Harley has been through a lot and won't trust people easily. I went to visit my boy a few months after he was sent to Weber's farm. Harley was not just healthy and living happily with his buddies in the beautiful farm, but also Kim and Rob have earned his trust. Harley was totally relaxed when Kim and Rob were grooming him and giving him a bath during my visit. I don’t think I can get any better proof than this if anyone asks me whether my boy is living happily with Weber’s family. I left my boy with Weber’s family in June of 2012, and I have no doubt that I have made the right decision." Sincerely, Sandra Tang Hong Kong, SAR China
"Sonny" with his best buddy "Joe"
"After having known the Weber's for more than 20 years, I can honestly say there is no one I would trust more with my horse's welfare than them. Boarding, lessons, and training, we did it all and at no time did I ever have one worry or concern regarding their care. With the near perfect climate of Kentucky and the high standards of the Weber's, it was easy for me to make the decision to send my retired show horse to live with them. From the photos and updates I get, it is obvious he is thriving there. Thank you Rob & Kim."
Sincerely, Barbara E. Mahon Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Farm update-"Sonny" watched his "Final Sunset" in the spring of 2013
"Joe" at age 30, napping on a winter afternoon.
"Let me just say this about Rob and Kim Weber...they are good people, trustworthy, and take care of each horse as if it were their own. You will be hard pressed to find a place that will give your horse such daily individual attention like Weber's. I am sent photo updates, they call me with questions, I know he is being looked at and handled everyday. I have owned/ridden horses for over 30 years. I've been at and seen many, many, horse facilities. Kim and Rob's places are at the top of my list.
Joe was boarded with the Weber's when they had their place in Wisconsin. The first day he was there, he settled right in. The vibe of the place was just good and he knew it. When it came time to retire him somewhere milder, I sent him to Weber's again when they opened their current farm in Kentucky. Again the low key, peaceful atmosphere was apparent....and the setting is gorgeous! I do not worry about my 28 year old horse. He is super happy."
Jill Kosikowski Northern Illinois
Farm Update- "Joe" watched his "Final Sunset" in the summer of 2012.
"SAMMY" at age 33.
"Sammy, my 33 year old horse, spent the last months of his life at Weber's Retired Horses. A survivor of colic surgery, he could not eat hay and needed to eat multiple meals throughout the day. Many horses never get to retire with the luxury of their special needs being met, nor do they receive daily love and affection. Not so at Weber's. Rob and Kim gave my horse carefully planned care and attention. Because of this, he spent his last days in safety, comfort, and peace. When he died I picked a place on their property for his grave, and he was buried with dignity and respect. When planting time comes, they will plant a White Pine on his grave in his memory."
Carol Kelly, Lake Villa, Illinois
Farm Update- "Sammy" watched his "Final Sunset" in November, 2010.
Liz visits Zarr in KY. They share a special bond.
"I bought Zarr as a 15 year old retired show horse in Washington State. He was a beauty to me. His family never sold their horses, so I was blessed and sort of lucky to get him. I turned him into a trail horse and that was quite a job! We moved to Massachusetts in 2006. By then he was in his 20's and experiencing more lameness. I continued to hold him together, moving him to different barns to see if I could get better care, but most barns are not geared for older horses. By the time 2011 came along, Zarr had a sizeable tear in his distal digital tendon, left rear and chronic sinusitis. I was unable to get his weight up and had been for a long time and he had colicked that spring. Once the tendon healed, it would have been necessary to have his left rear hock and fetlock injected every 3 months. I decided it was time to retire him. In looking for a place I did not want him to be subject to the brutal winters of the north so I began to look southward. Weber's popped up on the screen and I had a feeling about them from their website. I called one other place which was recommended to me, but when I talked to Kim and visited their place, I felt I had found a goldmine. I have never been disappointed. Zarr has gained weight (he needed better care with his teeth and was anemic), his sinuses are completely healed and he is happier than I have seen him in a long time!!! I did the best I could for my horse in his last years of life. I could not recommend Weber's more highly."
Liz Schulman Concord, Massachusetts
Farm Update- "Zarr" watched his "Final Sunset" on June 28, 2014
"Trego", front with his best buddy Tanner.
"When we decided to retire our 19 year old TB, Trego, after he developed chronic lameness, we discovered Weber’s Retired Horses through an internet search. We visited the farm and were immediately impressed with the care and concern Kim and Rob showed for the horses. After spending a day at the farm with the Weber family, it was an easy decision to send Trego to them--even though it’s two states away from us--and we couldn’t be happier with our decision. Kim and Rob know each horse’s personality, likes, dislikes and needs. We are kept updated through phone calls, emails and photo and video postings on the farm’s Facebook page, and we get to enjoy watching Trego’s antics. We are so very grateful to have found the Weber family and we have peace of mind knowing Trego is well-cared for and able to enjoy just being a horse!"