Anatomy of a Horse

We have really enjoyed sharing information about breeding, raising, training and racing thoroughbred horses through our How to Build a Racehorse blog series so far. As this series continues we will visit more complex subjects, but today we are covering the basic external anatomy of a horse. The horse in the diagram is standing in… Read more »

How to Muck Out a Stall

A clean stall is very important to the health and happiness of a horse. When a horse stays in a dirty stall, health issues are likely to arise like thrush, a bacterial infection in the hoof, lung infections from bacteria in the air and skin infections. Mucking out a stall daily prevents these issues and ensures… Read more »

AquaCiser Training

One of the most unique features of the Stonestreet Training Center is the AquaCiser; only two others exist in North America. The Australian built AquaCiser’s creation was born from having limited access to beaches or lakes to exercise horses. With its warm weather, it is perfectly suited for use in Ocala. The pool’s circumference is… Read more »

Debate

Debate, a dark bay gelding, was bred by Stonestreet and foaled in March of 2010. With a promising pedigree, by Unbridled’s Song and out of Smooth as Silk, he graduated from the Training Center, but ultimately remained unraced due to injury. Stonestreet Farm donated Debate to Alex Green in October of 2013. Alex, the head… Read more »

Racetrack Training

Conditioning a thoroughbred racehorse is a seven-day a week, three hundred and sixty five day a year job. There are many different ways to build and maintain fitness including going for a hack in the field, walking in the shedrow, or heading out to the track. If you have visited a training center or racetrack… Read more »

Hoof Maintenance: Picking out Hooves

The anatomy of a horse’s hoof can be broken down into three separate parts; the heel, quarter, and toe. The amount of blood flow and degree of sensitivity increases from the outside of the hoof inwards. The outermost exterior of the hoof is called the “wall”and can be compared to a human fingernail. It is… Read more »

Planting for Spring

As we reach November, preparations begin for the cold winter ahead in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Expectations of dropping temperatures and frost mean our landscape team is gearing up to protect and maintain the health of the farm’s current flora and fauna, as well as plan for new life next Spring. Our Head Gardener… Read more »

Track Renovation

The surface that thoroughbred horses train on is very important; at the Stonestreet Training Center in Ocala, Florida, trainer Ian Brennan keeps a close eye on all aspects of the track’s health including its depth, grade and the percentage of dirt versus clay. Continuous maintenance is vital to the safety and successful training of the… Read more »

Stonestreet Connections: 2014 Breeders’ Cup

We are only two days away from the 2014 Breeders’ Cup and we are getting excited here at Stonestreet! As Breeders’ Cup is celebrating their new record of 201 pre-entered horses, we are sending out a good luck to the many horses that have a connection to Stonestreet in one capacity or another. We will… Read more »

After the Races: Dreaming of Julia, Kauai Katie, and My Miss Aurelia

The racetrack is home to athletes. The daily routine of a racehorse reflects the goal of peak racing performance: breakfast, training, lunch, rest, dinner, sleep, and repeat. My Miss Aurelia, Kauai Katie, and Dreaming of Julia all excelled as athletes and retired sound with combined earnings of over $4 million, 10 graded stakes wins, and… Read more »