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 »

Fence Maintenance

Plank fences are one of the most iconic features of our Bluegrass landscape. These traditional wood fences protect our horses with strong, bold and easy-to-see barriers. Double fences on the perimeters provide extra protection against automobile crashes, downed trees, and other events that could compromise the safety of our horses as well. Caring for the… Read more »

Race Times

Finish times are an important part of the sport of horse racing, though it is not only speed, but also how that speed is used across various distances and surfaces that provides a real picture of the race. Within a race, various measures of time indicate whether a horse was slowing down, or kicking into… Read more »

Fly Masks

The rising temperatures and longer days of spring and summer signal fly mask season at Stonestreet. Fly masks may look like blindfolds, but mares can see through them, you might think of it as similar to looking through a screen door! These mesh masks serve an important role in protecting mares from the painful bites… Read more »