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Porkchop and Walter

Alpine Sky
February 19th, 2020

The view at Old Tavern Farm is beautiful and picturesque as the farm staff take care of the horses. Porkchop enjoys visiting the horses; especially in their stalls, to check in and possibly get some food. He has also been working on building up a nest of blankets and straw to stay comfortable. Here and there, Porkchop and Walter, the cat venture outdoors to share snippets of their life in front of the cameras at the farm. This is a short video of the two of them in the snow, having a conversation together.

Winter Weather for horses

Alpine Sky
February 13th, 2020

Horses deal with cold temperatures much better than they deal with heat. Provided with adequate supplies of fresh water, hay and feed, horses tolerate sub-freezing, zero or minus temperatures remarkably well. The process of digesting long stem roughage (grass or hay) generates a lot of body heat that keeps horses warm with these cold temps. Snow does not really negatively impact this scenario unless it is particularly wet snow. Rain and wind take away the insulating properties of the horses' hair coat and sap a lot of heat away from them. 33-35 degrees fahrenheit and blowing rain is the hardest weather on livestock. 3 degrees with snow on the ground on a cold winter day is more preferable for horses. Start with a horse in good body condition and keep plenty of good quality feed, hay and water available and short-term blasts of extreme cold are well tolerated.

It is important to encourage the horses to drink enough water during cold weather periods. Some farms will add electrolytes to the feed, a powder made of salt and trace minerals to ensure the horses are well hydrated. Below Alpine Sky at Old Tavern Farm takes in the winter weather. 

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Photo courtesy of Old Tavern Farm

Meet Alpine Sky at Old Tavern Farm

Alpine Sky
January 6th, 2020

Old Tavern Farm introduces Alpine Sky, in-foal to More Than Ready, with a predicted foaling date of April 21, 2020. 

Alpine Sky is introduced by Walter Borisenok, owner of Old Tavern Farm. Walt shares how her distinction comes from being a daughter of Indian Charlie and the strong pedigree of that bloodline. She won or placed in 10 of her 22 career starts. 

The staff at Old Tavern Farm look forward to hearing feedback and questions from Foal Patrol fans throughout this season.

Old Tavern Farm’s Alpine Sky to be featured in National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 3

Alpine Sky
November 4th, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Old Tavern Farm

Alpine Sky, a 7-year-old dark bay daughter of Indian Charlie owned by Old Tavern Farm, will be on the roster of featured horses for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 3, which will debut online Friday, Dec. 27 at The live stream will coincide with a special free kickoff event at the Museum that day, the family-friendly “Foal Patrol Kids!” open house from 10 a.m. to noon.

The first two seasons of Foal Patrol, a one-of-a-kind collection of live cameras following the daily activities of in-foal mares, had more than three million total views from December 2017 through September 2019. More participating horses will be announced weekly leading up to the debut of Season 3.

Alpine Sky is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Alpine Garden. Consigned by Gainesway, Alpine Sky was purchased for $600,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale. Racing from 2015 through 2018, Alpine Sky won or placed in 10 of her 22 career starts with earnings of $179,472. She broke her maiden on Oct. 1, 2016 at Laurel Park and also won at Delaware, Gulfstream, and Aqueduct.

Alpine Sky is in foal to More Than Ready with an expected foaling date of April 21, 2020.

The “Foal Patrol Kids!” event  on Dec. 27 will feature a variety of fun and educational activities plus snacks, giveaways, and special guests. Visitors are invited to explore the Foal Patrol website on Museum iPads to learn about the new in-foal mares, make a craft, ride an equipony and see the HorsePlay! Gallery to groom a life-sized stuffed animal horse, dress in jockey attire, and investigate objects related to the many careers associated with horse racing. Admission to the Museum will be free throughout the day.

For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, please call (518) 584-0400 or visit our website at