If you want to see one of the top United States Thoroughbred farms, there's no better place to visit than Lane's End Farm.
In the world of Thoroughbred racing, the name of Lane's End Farm elicits respect and recognition no matter who you talk to. Established in 1979, this farm is one of the premiere Thoroughbred facilities today. Lane's End Farm is located in Woodford County, Kentucky, right in the heart of the Thoroughbred racing industry. It currently stands top Thoroughbred stallions including Lemon Drop Kid and Mineshaft, and the farm has bred top racing names such as Charismatic and A.P. Indy.
While traveling to Kentucky might not be possible for everyone, the beautiful video below provides a detailed look inside the operations at Lane's End Farm. You'll get a close look at the work that goes into caring for these top Thoroughbreds, and the footage of the gorgeous barn and pastures is not something that you should miss!
The horses bred by facilities like Lane's End Farm fetch prices that range in the hundreds of thousands to the millions of dollars. Not in your price range? No problem. Ex-racehorses go up for sale every day, and their prices are much lower. In some cases, you may be able to get an ex-racehorse for free, or for just a few thousand dollars.
If you opt to bring home an ex-racehorse, then make sure you're prepared for the task at hand. Ex-racehorses aren't trained for riding like typical horses are, so working with a horse right off the track is like training a very green horse. You'll need time and patience, and some skill in order to train your horse. Having a trainer available to help you is a very good idea.
Ex-racehorses aren't for everyone, but if you have the skill and patience to bring a horse through training, you might just find your next match in a horse whose racing career has ended.