Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Kentucky Horse Park
Wow, that kind of explains our day at the Kentucky Horse Park. Today we got to get up close and personal with Kentucky Derby Winners, Preakness Winners and some of the most famous horses of recent times. We started our day with a Horse Farm Tour that took us to three operating horse farms. First they were all extremely beautiful with horse barns that look like fabulous houses and just as clean. Our first stop was a breeding farm where high priced stud horses do their work. We seen horses with $75000 stud fees and being used two and three times a day. We then went to another stud farm that was even larger than the first and where we seen all the tools of the trade, ask me about the Gigolo sometime. Next we went to a farm that housed the pregnant mares and the new colts where the youngest colt we seen was ten days old. After all that we returned to the Park where they have 50 different breeds of horses from around the world as well as several museums. A couple of amazing facts about "Man of War". His stride was 28 feet long, much longer than most horses, Secretariat for example was four feet shorter. Man of War was only beaten once in his career, but a horse called "Upset", Ironic isn't it.
We took a ride on a horse pulled trolley, went to the Horse Hall of Fame show, the all breeds show and did a lot of walking around through museums and halls. We would recommend this as a destination vacation, because it is fabulous.