Keeneland January Sale 2018 – Horse Lover’s Math

Unlike Keeneland’s September sale which offers only yearlings, Keeneland’s January sale is an all ages sale. This year’s catalog included six hundred seventy-seven broodmares and broodmare prospects, six hundred twenty-eight short yearlings, two hundred sixty-four horses of racing age, and thirteen stallions. Horse Talk – short yearling: a yearling horse that has just turned a year…

How Much Hay is Wasted?

Have you ever had the job of feeding hay to a barn full of horses? A common method of feeding hay to horses is to simply toss flakes of hay on the ground. The horses lower their heads and don’t stop eating until it’s all gone—or trampled into the ground. If you’ve ever mucked out a stall or…

Pennies for Piper—The Story of a Rescue

What would you do if you learned about a neglected filly that needed help? Students at Southport Elementary School in North Carolina, came together to help a one-year-old filly named Piper. The students first heard about Piper through one of the school’s physical education teachers, Donna Michaux. Donna had attended a conference where the table next to hers belonged…

Modern Day Horse Drawn Trash Service

Would you like to hear the clip-clop of horse’s hooves on your street every week? That’s what people living in Bristol, Vermont hear every Friday – on garbage day. Seventeen years ago, Patrick Palmer of Thornapple Farm was awarded the town’s contract for trash and recycling pickup. He and his team of horses have been…

How Much Hay?

Horses in the wild are known to graze for up to 16 hours a day! A horse’s digestive system is designed to deal with large amounts of forage, either grass or hay, eaten slowly over a long period of time. Hay makes up the largest part of a horse’s diet, so it is important to make…

Alice’s Dream of Owning a Pony

Ten-year-old Alice Rozga, dreamed of owning a pony for as long as she can remember. The possibility that she might actually get one became more real when her family moved to New Zealand from Wales, and Alice became surrounded by other children with their ponies. Alice’s mother suggested she could earn money to buy a…

Winning Dream Pony Bid

Caroline Butler of Keymar, Md., set her eyes on her dream pony –a red-and-white Chincoteague colt with a white diamond marking on his forehead. She began working to earn money by mowing grass and cleaning horse stalls. 1. In four months she saved $1,500. On average how much did she earn each month? The 15-year-old’s…