Tour a Thoroughbred Horse Farm in Kentucky

Besides a short horseback ride through the Chilean vineyards of J. Bouchon Winery, I have not had a horse encounter in over twenty years. Until now, until Kentucky. Frankly, it’s hard not to have a horse experience here.

Lexington, Kentucky is a horse lovers haven with equine farms spread throughout the bluegrass countryside. And we were going to be paying a visit to a few stellar stallions at the neighboring Three Chimney Farms.

Three Chimneys is a lush 2,000 acre farm that provides world class breeding, boarding and veterinary services.

Our tour started out a bit backwards, with a walk through the champion cemetery. This was a peaceful burial grounds for the award-winning, four legged residents that pass on. Each of the headstones, of the dozen or so that where there, boasted the dwellers numerous claims to fame, a resume of their triumphs.

We went straight from seeing gravestones to perusing the breeding shed. See, we were going backward in the timeline of a horse’s life. The floor of this circular room was made from shredded recycled tires, the walls were thickly padded and a couple of video cameras were lurking. All for security purposes. It gets a little rough in there.

Just like the stars on MTV Cribs always said when entering their master bedrooms, “this is where the magic happens”.

Thoroughbred Breeding Farm in Kentucky

Mares are flown in from all over the world to be impregnated by one of the Three Chimney stallions. Though most are local to the United States, 40% of the mares come from out of the country delivered through an equine specific plane carrier.

But, you can FedEx a horse too. Good to know.

Typically there are 5 people involved in the very technical breeding process. Not romantic at all. Different fees are charged for each foal that is produced during these breeding sessions. Big Brown, a champion Kentucky Derby winner, brings in a hefty $35,000 for every baby he produces. Now that’s quite a stud. His fee is determined by how well the offspring perform. Apparently, his are doing pretty well.

Though, the contract is not fufilled just upon a confirmed pregnancy. For these breeding arrangements to be legit, and the fee to be paid, the foal must stand and nurse from it’s mother. It’s a done deal once that happens.


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After leaving the breeding barn, we spent the rest of our time just walking through the impeccably manicured land. With the endless sights of green rolling hills and brown picket fences, I wish I could have plopped down in the middle of grass with a picnic basket and bottle of wine.

Life here does seem like a nice dream. The horse tenants spend about fifteen hours of their day noshing in the lush pastures, being ridden for exercise and each have a personal groom. I would be happy here too.


Stallion in Kentucky

Have you ever been to a thoroughbred horse farm?


9 thoughts on “Tour a Thoroughbred Horse Farm in Kentucky”

  1. Can you imagine going into your local FedEx office and telling them you want to ship a horse? Priceless! I toured Churchill Downs in Louisville and it was incredible! We got to walk onto the race track, visit the clubhouse and see where the jockeys are weighed in. There were a lot of horses in the stables but I’m not sure if there was a magic making room on the premises.

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  2. As close as I live to Lexington, Kentucky, I still have not visited the horse farms there. I’m going to! I just never actually stop and do it, but I hear great things. It’s back on my list of places to go to –SOON.

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  3. Funny, I’ve been riding horses for 20 years now, but have never been to a stud that looks as nice as that one! But with Stallions bringing in stud fees of $35k (not including, I presume, the cost of board and foaling down), and some fast-running residents, no wonder it looks that nice!

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    • I am not a horse expert by any means, but these were definitely some of the most beautiful I have ever seen!

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  4. Is the Horse park still open in Lexington.?
    I thought it was created because tourists could not tour any of the Horse Farms.
    I was Born & Bred in Lexington and am looking forward to visiting one of the Horse Farms with my husband who has never been to a Horse Farm.

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