Lowertown Farm Retirement Livery

Opened in 2009, nestled in the beautiful Dart Valley, tucked away from main roads Lowertown Farm is the ideal location to retire your horse.

At Lowertown Farm we aim to provide affordable tailor-made packages to suit your horse during their retirement.

We believe it’s important to provide a loving, caring home for horses no matter what age or reason for their retirement. They are kept within a herd environment with other horses that match their individual personalities and their seasonal grazing requirements. Providing that individual, specialist care for your horse is vital whilst allowing them time to be ‘just horses’ during their retirement.

At Lowertown Farm your horse will be kept in a secure, tranquil and relaxed environment. Our fields are full of natural shelter, gentle slopes, thick hedgerows for browsing and water troughs with fresh spring water. Due to our location on Dartmoor, there are few flies during the summer to irritate the horses and we often have a gentle breeze throughout those hot, sunny days, a perfect escape!

The cost of livery is spread throughout the year for all clients. Commonly older horses stiffen up during periods of stabling. This is why we offer 24/7 turnout at our yard – a popular choice for all breeds of horses. Your horse can then choose how active they would like to be in older life, it’s especially good for those who suffer from joint stiffness, swellings, respiratory issues and arthritis.

All the horses live out through the summer months, then during the winter, those who need to be stabled can be in our spacious stables. Even those who are stabled during the winter months get on average nine hours of turnout during daylight hours to ease any stiffness.

We maintain a full fieldwork program – correcting the fields after winter, limiting the weeds and ensuring good pasture growth, we also have a full worming program with assistance and advice from Westgate Laboratory.

All of our haylage is produced by us on the farm to ensure its quality, made when the weather is just right and fed throughout the winter. We have excellent 24hr cover vets who we highly recommend but if you wish to remain with your own vets then that’s great.

There are no restrictions on accessing your horse and we speak to, or email, owners regularly along with Facebook photos and updates. Keeping owners as involved as they would like to be throughout their horses retirement.

Hannah studied equestrianism for a number of years at Duchy College in Cornwall. She started riding at the age of two years old having won a raffle for a pony ride, over a period of 30 years she’s gained experience of dealing with all types of horse ex-racers, working hunters, polo ponies, and feral Dartmoor ponies. Hannah also volunteers with the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust handling their feral offspring and adding value to help other farmers.

Having lived at Lowertown Farm for many years Luke and Hannah have established professional relationships with our vets, farrier, horse dentist (who kept his horse with us during a period of rehabilitation) and physios all of whom will come at very short notice to our yard to assist with any issues.

As we purely specialise in retirement livery, your horse won’t have the stresses of daily life with other horses coming and going that you would find at other livery yards – in fact, only one horse at Lowertown is ridden – Hannah’s own horse.

We can recommend a couple of horse transportation companies to assist traveling your horse to us, all horses should be passported.

Packages generally include:

  • Haylage in the winter months
  • Basic hard feed when required (Supplements are an additional cost)
  • Grass 24/7, stables for retired horses sometimes available
  • Pampering and daily attention – inc carrots & apples
  • Rug changing & yearly cleaning (repairs extra)
  • Worming programme inc worm counts
  • Regular foot trimming
  • Regular emails and photos on our Facebook page, just in case you don’t have time to visit

Of course, if there is anything specific you require just ask! Our livery is designed to suit the individual.

If you don’t live in Devon your more than welcome to stay at our B&B when visiting your horse and you may even have him/her just outside the bedroom window.

As we like our liveries to have a bit of extra TLC in their lives, we like our yard to remain small in comparison to other retirement yards.

“Hannah gives all the horses kind and attentive care in her peacefully situated yard. Communication and service are thoughtful and professional. Highly recommended”

Bring your horse on holiday to Dartmoor National Park

Explore the beauty of Dartmoor with your own horse, after all they deserve a holiday too once in a while. Many horses love to explore new and exciting bridle paths, quiet country lanes, open moorland, gorgeous valleys and woodland, its a paradise for riders too. Holiday livery is on a do-it-yourself grass livery basis, charged at £10 per horse per night.
Holiday liveries will be kept separate from our horses at all times.

“Fantastic weekend staying with Hannah and Luke on their idyllic Dartmoor farm, nothing was too much trouble and they couldn’t of been more helpful.
Food was delicious, home grown pork and fresh eggs. 😋
The riding in this area is outstanding, so many routes to choose from, that we will just have to go again 😁

“We had a fabulous stay at Lowertown Farm Hannah and Luke were excellent hosts nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was delicious, it set us up perfectly for our days riding. Hannah gave us detailed directions and maps to follow which helped immensely when we were finding our way around the moor. I cannot recommend this place enough. We had a lovely time and will definitely be visiting again!!”

Please do not hesitate to get in contact to discuss any of our services! 

  • Full Livery
  • Grass Livery
  • Holiday/ Short Term Livery
  • Natural Livery
  • Rehabilitation Livery
  • Retirement Livery
  • Riding Holidays- BYO Horse
  • Riding Holidays- Property Rental or B&B plus Stabling
  • Tailored Livery
  • No Smoking Policy
  • WiFi Available
  • Dog Friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Car Parking
  • Secure Tack Room
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Security Lighting
  • Wash Down Area
  • Auto Waterers- Fields
  • Auto Waterers- Stables
  • Natural Shelter
  • Field Shelters
  • Barefoot Friendly
  • Grazing- Available Year Round
  • Grazing- Mixed Herds
  • Grazing- Same Sex Herds
  • Rubber Matting
  • Stabling- Outdoor
  • Local Hunt
  • Schooling Facilities Nearby
  • Hacking- Quiet Lanes
  • Hacking- Close to Off-Road
  • Feed Produced On Site
  • Feed and Bedding Delivered to Yard

Yard Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 3 reviews
5My lovely boy Taz has been with Hannah since I

Review by , 2 months ago

My lovely boy Taz has been with Hannah since I retired him 3 years, he has been so relaxed and every need catered for. His feet are now barefoot and never looked better, when he has needed the vet Hannah has been right on top of it and looked after him. I am happy to say that his mobility is still good, he is eating very well - on loads of grass, and he is settled in his herd. The yard is professional and friendly. Thank you for your excellent service.

5When the time came to retire my horse I looked

Review by , 2 years ago

When the time came to retire my horse I looked at many yards. Lowertown Farm appealed to me immediately due to it's small size (10 horses/ponies) and the approach of both Hannah and Luke to the care they provide. Care is positive and kind, and individualised, and Hannah takes a lot of time to get to know your horse - his likes and dislikes, position in a herd, personality and any issues they may have. The yard is extremely peaceful, visiting is a pleasure and my horse settled in almost immediately. He always has a big smile on his face when I see him and, having had a previous career in dressage he's loving spending time just being a horse. Grazing and group dynamics are always appropriate, and changed as and when necessary, and communication is timely and professional. I would recommend to anyone.

5Hannah gives all the horses kind and attentive care in

Review by , 2 years ago

Hannah gives all the horses kind and attentive care in her peacefully situated yard. Communication and service are thoughtful and professional. Highly recommended.

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Yard Address:
TQ13 7PQ,
TQ13 7PQ

Contact Name: Mrs Hannah Fursdon

Contact Number: 01364 631034


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