The Birds and the Bees; What Happens at the Breeding Shed?

Busily crisscrossing the rural roads of Central Kentucky are a fleet of Stonestreet horse trailers carrying very precious cargo. These are the broodmares on their way to their dates with stallions. All Thoroughbreds have the same official birthday – January 1st – therefore the breeding sheds open around February 14th each year. This allows 11… Read more »

That’s a Wrap! Protection and Cooling

Leg wraps are one of the tools used to keep equine athletes at Stonestreet Training Center in top shape. There are many variations, but the universal rule among all wraps is application in a counterclockwise fashion on the left leg and clockwise on the right leg. Why? To avoid straining the tendon, which runs up… Read more »

Foal Firsts

Four Foal Firsts Earlier this month we published a blog on foaling, but a lot more happens in the first 24 hours of a foal’s life than just arriving in the world! Standing Very shortly after birth, the foal will sit sternally. It is the beginning of his attempt to stand, and he will remain… Read more »

Welcome to the World! Foaling

In our last blog entry, we talked about the physical and behavioral changes in broodmares that precede foaling. These outward signs are indications of the internal contractions guiding the foal toward the birth canal. With his forelegs extended out in front of him, head rested between, and hind legs trailing behind, the foal begins to… Read more »

Gate to Great: Schooling for Success

Have you ever admired the calm professionalism of Thoroughbreds entering the starting gates in front of cheering crowds of thousands? These athletes are super-fit and primed to put in a performance at speeds of up to 30 mph, yet they walk into the starting gates and stand quietly for several minutes. The ability to break… Read more »

Foal Watch

Most foals are born at night, and we have an experienced staff working overnight to make sure that all the horses stay healthy and happy. During foaling season, it is their responsibility to alert the Broodmare Farm Manager that a mare is about to foal. We look for several physical and behavioral changes in the… Read more »

Chain Harrowing: A Break Up Story

Every December you will see a fleet of tractors crisscrossing the fields at Stonestreet Farm, each pulling a large section of what looks very much like chain link fence. Harrows , originating from the Dutch word for ‘rake’, are used at Stonestreet once the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky has experienced the first three hard frosts… Read more »

Riders Up! 9 Steps to Backing a Yearling

October is a busy month at the Stonestreet Training Center in Florida. Yearlings have arrived from the major yearling sales and breeding farms all over the United States. After a week to settle in and adjust to the new routine it’s time for them to be “backed”, the term describing the process of teaching babies… Read more »

11 Things You Might Not Know About Thoroughbreds

1. Every thoroughbred foal is DNA tested to confirm his or her parentage. Hair is pulled from the tail and sent to a laboratory in California. 2. Pregnant and non-pregnant mares do not share paddocks. Care is different for pregnant and barren mares and separation makes this easier. 3. On an ultrasound machine used to check… Read more »

Yearling Sale Preparation

The foundation of successful preparation of sales yearlings is established when a mating is chosen and must be followed by proper care and nutrition during pregnancy and parturition, and subsequent good management of the foal. This base of best of practice care should (hopefully!) bring us to June of the yearling year with a crop… Read more »