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 »

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 »

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 »