Oaks Retirement Horse Boarding
"Natural Boarding for a Healthy
Mind, Body, and Spirit"
New at Painted Oaks
a 55 acre facility for horse retirement, located in the
heart of Virginia. Our retired horse boarding farm is
conveniently located 5 miles off Interstate 85 and 15
miles off Interstate 95, offering easy access along the
east coast, including, but not limited to, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The farm is owned by
Dennis and Daphne Sexton, who have over 25 years of experience
with horses, and first hand experience with equine retirement
and treating horses post-op.
business is a horse retirement farm devoted to lay ups,
and performance horses in the off-season. Painted Oaks
Retirement Horse Boarding accepts any horse from all
disciplines - pleasure, companion, racing, polo, dressage,
barrel racers, or steeplechase. Painted Oaks offer convenient
and affordable layover horse boarding in Virginia. If
space permits, we accept over-night layovers for those
traveling in the Virginia area with their horses. We
do not train horses, offer riding lessons, or lease
horses for trail rides. We focus on our horse retirement
stables and lay ups to ensure we are meeting our customers'
expectations. We are personally involved in the operation
of the farm and care of your horse. Therefore, Dennis
or Daphne, not an hourly worker, will be responsible
for your horse. We firmly believe in a natural approach
to horse care. (See our Program
mild winters, along
with our beautiful green pastures, large ponds, and
a quiet and peaceful environment, make Painted Oaks
Farm, horse retirement ranch, a little slice of heaven
on earth for your affordable hores boarding needs.
Oaks accepts horses for pasture boarding from all 50
U.S. states, including, but not limited to: Alabama,
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,
Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,
New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode
Island. South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington,
the decision to retire my horse was the one of the hardest
decisions I have had to make. As my first and only horse,
Opal has taught me so much, took me far and put up with
too much nonsense from me; I owed it to her to let her
live out her remaining years just being a horse. After
much online research, I discovered Painted Oaks. They
seemed to offer everything I wanted for Opal. When I
first visited them three (ish) years ago, I knew they
were the right place for her. The day of my visit, Opal
quite suddenly recovered from an injury that had made
her pasture sound only for the previous 18 months. I
put retirement on hold and was able to get another two
good years with her.
this year Opal started showing obvious signs she was
done with riding. She has Pedal Osteitis in both front
hooves and even with custom, forged bar shoes she was
starting to show discomfort. She was also showing signs
that her previous injury was beginning to bother her
again. In April, I accepted it was time to retire her.
I looked around again for retirement farms, but kept
coming back to Painted Oaks. After much emotional soul
searching and procrastination, I finally contacted Daphne.
arrived at Painted Oaks on June 6, 2016, her 22nd birthday.
Watching her leave with the hauler, I was terrified
I had made the wrong decision. She was no longer 15
minutes down the road; I could no longer jump in the
car to visit her on a whim, or give her our monthly
four-hour spa treatment. I was an emotional wreck.
Finally, at the end of August, I was able to take time
off from work to visit her. When I arrived at the farm
and saw her, a great sense of relief came over me. She
looked great! She was very content in her surroundings
(as was I), quite happy with her new friends, in great
health and not limping!. After spending a couple of
hours with her, I went home with a sense of peace I
did not anticipate.
no longer worry about my decision to retire her and
send her to Painted Oaks because I know she is in great
hands with Daphne.
you Daphne! Shyrl Bose
I want to share what a delightful and caring experience
I've had of my horse JW at Painted Oaks Retirement Farm.
Daphne regularly offers updates regarding how my retired
boy is doing and clearly takes a sincere personal interest
in the well being of all the equines in her care. Daphne
is ever professional and flexible to work with. Overall,
I was looking for both an affordable and compassionate
farm experience where my elderly horse could live out
his last years. I have found such an experience at Painted
Oaks and wholeheartedly recommend the farm for anyone
looking to give their retired horse a truly wonderful
Sincerely, Joanne Cooper
searched for a long time to find the right place to
retire our horses. We had them in two other retirement
places (that we were not happy with) prior to finding
Painted Oaks Retirement. To be able to find such a fantastic
and beautiful home for our horses is very reassuring.
We have visited them and Daphne keeps us up to date
with photos. We know our horses are being very well
cared for and loved. Thank you for being there for us
!" Linda & Ken Bradley