After researching “things to do in Lexington” for our yearly “girls’ weekend”, I decided having a tour of a private horse farm would fit in nicely with our schedule and would be a unique experience with a personal touch! I chose Taylor Made and our guide was “Emily”, the young lady in the next photo. She was knowledgeable, professional and sweet!
The 1500 acre farm specialized in breeding and has received up to $8 million dollars for one conceived “baby”! Usually, it’s more like $100,000…but still, that’s a lot!
While we were there for the hour tour, two gentlemen had arrived for their appointment to check out a couple of stallions for possible breeding, so we were allowed to watch them being brought out for show!
The farm was beautiful…even though it was an overcast day!
It was breathtaking to watch these horses race up the fence line!
They even had a small horse “cemetery”…
Here are the girls…from left to right….Gina, Cindy, Me, Sherry, and Michele. Dee came the following day for the second night.
We learned quite a bit…this is the breeding room. It usually takes about 45 minutes and they have someone restraining the stallion, so he doesn’t get too rough with the mare…such as biting her. They videotape it for proof!
Here is the Mare‘s compound…
The tour is free…but you tip the guide. We really enjoyed it!
I brought California Chrome into the world at harris Farm in 2011 while working as a foaling attendant. Someday I hope to see him again (never had the chance to see him run). If you ever need any additional help I’d love to apply. Dr Bowers at Harris wrote a really nice letter of recommendation for me, and my dream is to work strictly with horses.
Wow…that’s cool Karen!
I almost got to go be a groom for the Championships in Dressage (the type of riding I do) at one of these amazing farms and then the horse that I was going for got injured and couldn’t compete. You are so lucky you got to go, it is so beautiful!!!!!!! I love your adventures and blog 🙂
I’m sure you were very disappointed. Hopefully there will be another opportunity soon! Thanks again!
What a wonderful trip. Any mint juleps after the tour?
No…but we had enough of everything else to drink…LOL~!
Wow, those pictures are beautiful and what a unique thing to choose to do for your weekend. It makes me think I will be better served to step outside the proverbial box when planning things to do in other locations. Quite possibly I will find some new things to experience in MY city with this mindset as well. Thanks!