The Thoroughbred Center

The Thoroughbred Center.
 
Evelyn and I are in Lexington, KY for an event called Road to the Horse. It is an event where 4 horse trainers chose a 2 year old colt out of 12 and each one has a limited period of time over the next 3 days to accomplish huge things with the horse. The colts have had very limited contact with humans and never been led, saddled or ridden, but by the end of the training must do all three. It is a unique experience so far to see how well these 4 ladies are bonding with their colts. More on that later.
 
Yesterday we visited The Thoroughbred Center for a tour. I have never been around racing horses but found it really interesting. They can have over 1100 horses here but have only 800 currently. The have a track for practice and exercise, a swimming pool for the horses to get training and medical staff on hand for the riders and horses. It was incredible to watch the horses do what they were bred to do which is run, and run really fast. I will post some behind the scenes images over the next few days but today I am posting a few of the beautiful horses going through some running on the track. The riders are riders simply hired to ride them for 15 minutes or so for exercise. They are getting them to racing speed, just a good pace for a couple laps then they walk them before returning them to their trainers for other activities like bathing, grooming, etc.
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld as tripods and monopods were not allowed, Vibration Compensation active, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #MindShiftGear
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