Trainer: Beezie Madden
Length: 07:47 Minutes

Horse Retirement at Madden Mountain with Beezie Madden

Through decades of winning medals at Olympic Games and World Championships, Beezie Madden has ridden a multitude of talented equine partners. When the time comes for those horses to step away from the limelight, they come to John and Beezie Madden’s farm in Cazenovia, N.Y., also known as “Madden Mountain,” for retirement. The Maddens’ philosophy is to comfortably return the horse to nature, where Beezie Madden feels they are happiest and healthiest after years of competition. In this video, Madden talks about how transitioning a show horse to retirement is a process customized for each individual in order to gradually acclimate them to a new lifestyle. She also discusses daily care and routines for her retirees, including nutrition, access to shelter, turnout, and veterinary and farrier care. Explaining how her retired horses live in a herd, Madden outlines how those groups are managed and monitored to help ensure a happy, healthy environment for all types of equine personalities. Madden notes how, in addition to turnout, further options do exist for horses after they step down from high performance competition, including other lower-intensity riding, para-dressage, and scholastic and therapeutic riding programs.

Key Principles:

Madden Philosophy

Transition to Pasture

Retired Horse Care


Retirement Options

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