Barrier Trials

A “Barrier Trial” is a training race that is organized by the Principle Racing Authority in Australia. Barrier Trials are conducted several times a month at various tracks. On the day, there are multiple heats with broad conditions that are supervised by Stewards. Official entries are submitted and results are recorded, but the race has… Read more »

Spring Surveys

Broodmares have been keeping everyone at the farm very busy since January, but new foals are not the only concern at this time of year. Over at our yearling division in Versailles, the new yearlings are ready for Spring Surveys and to perform them, our Yearling Farm Manager calls on the experienced veterinarians of Rood… Read more »

Colostrum: Super Food

It is 9:40 PM, and Class On Class’ water breaks. Her new filly arrives at 10:00 PM, stands up at 10:38 PM, and nurses for the first time at 11:18 PM. After a normal delivery and an exciting, successful attempt to stand, the one hour and eighteen minute old filly receives the most important milk… Read more »

Leading a Foal

Excitement envelops the farm every time a new foal arrives. Immediately, thoughts of this new born flourishing into a future racehorse enter the mind with “Look at those legs!” and “What a pedigree!” While the future is still unknown, the multiple years of training that go into each horse begin on day one. We begin… Read more »

Prevent Winter Water Woes

Winter precedes one of the most exciting times on the farm. With the arrival of newborn foals coinciding with plummeting temperatures, planning must begin many months before. Every member of the Stonestreet team is prepared for the worst-case weather scenario, including the Facilities Manager who faces some unique challenges; freezing weather also means freezing water. Turn out… Read more »

Palpating Barren Mares & Maidens before Breeding Season

In last week’s blog, we discovered the practice of mare teasing. With the timing of each mare’s estrus cycle now determined using behavioral indicators, the Broodmare Farm Manager moves forward with internal examination via palpation and ultrasound. Palpation is a procedure performed by a veterinarian who reaches into the rectum with their arm to feel… Read more »

Mare Teasing

With breeding season fast approaching, the Broodmare Farm Manager takes us behind the scenes and into the barns as teasing begins. Teasing is an efficient process that can determine a mare’s estrus cycle and allow for the effective timing of stallion covers. The estrus cycle, a recurring period of sexual receptivity and fertility, occurs seasonally… Read more »

Dental Care

Dental health and care are as important for horses as for humans. However, unlike human teeth, horse teeth continue to grow and require unique care. While grazing naturally wears down teeth this may leave them uneven, potentially causing issues that can become severe without proper care from a veterinarian experienced in dental care. One of our veterinarians… Read more »

Straw Delivery

Horse farms use straw as bedding in stalls, making supply a necessity. Because stalls are mucked out daily and cleanliness is important to the well being of every horse, fresh straw is needed constantly. The straw truck arrives at Barn 2 for a shipment of six hundred bales of straw. We are stocking up for… Read more »

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 »