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Welcome to the Foal Patrol Education Blog! Please check back regularly as we will be constantly posting new content. Thank you to veterinarians Dr. Ted Hill and Dr. Stuart Brown for help with this project. Questions or comments? Contact us at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: nmrpgasst@racingmuseum.net

Horse Transportation

Horse Behavior
March 26th, 2019

Ever wonder how race horses travel across the country or around the world? There are a few different ways! Airplane, boat and trailer transportation are most common. In the 1600 and 1700s, horses traveled by boat. They were loaded into a ship with hay and water for a long trip across the ocean. With the invention of cars and airplanes, horses were able to travel more easily.

Currently, horses are most likely to travel on an airplane or in a trailer. Airline travel consists of coach class where three horses fly together, and first class where two horses travel together. Larger planes can also accommodate 10-20 horses. Hay and water are offered on the flight and grooms take good care of the horses while in transit. Trailer travel is also a popular mode of transportation and many companies offer options to accommodate specific needs.    

Transportation 1 - Godolphin.jpg


Photo courtesy of Godolphin

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Photo courtesy of Godolphin

Nutrition for mares, foals and beyond

Nutrition
March 14th, 2019

Chris Baker from Three Chimneys Farm shares some comprehensive information on equine nutrition for foals, weanlings, mares and stallions. For the first several months, foals receive their basic nutrients from milk. This means that the mare or nursing mare needs to be consuming high quality feed to maintain their milk production and health. The nutritional needs of a lactating mare are greater than any other horse type. Watch below to learn more....

snow and cold exploration

Horse Behavior
March 7th, 2019

From Season 1, Memento d'Oro explores Old Tavern Farm during a snow storm. Horses are still turned out in the cold as they tolerate it well due to their ability to grow a winter coat and maintain heat after digestion. 

Climate, temperature and horses

Horse Behavior
March 5th, 2019

With recent cold weather, some might wonder how horses handle the temperatures being outside. Chris Baker, Chief Operating Officer at Three Chimneys Farm provided this explaination: 

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 – I’d much prefer 3 degrees with snow on the ground on a cold winter day for horses. Start with a horse in good body condition and keep plenty of good quality feed, hay and water available and these short term blasts of extreme cold are well tolerated.