Monday was moving day for 14 of our residents who’d been living at our satellite farm down the road. Old Friends’ main farm is expanding due to the generosity of our supporters. To all our loyal friends who’ve made this possible, our warmest thanks! By bringing more of our horses to Dream Chase Farm we’re reducing our expenses, which in the longer run means we can give more horses a home while maintaining the high standard of care each and every one of them deserves. If you’ve visited, donated, or recommended Old Friends to others, the wonderful changes shown in this blog post are your doing.
Look at all the new fencing! If you’ve visited lately you probably noticed it on the south side of the farm. Your tour guide may have mentioned that more land would be in use. When? When the run-in sheds could be built for the horses in each pasture. When the waterers could be installed and the water lines hooked up. When the ground could be cleared to ensure the safety of the horses.
At last, that “when” is now. Three of the new pastures now have horses living in them, and more will soon follow. Here are the snapshots I took of them this morning.
Like the “back 40,” this part of the farm will have its own stalls for any horses receiving in-stall care when keeping a horse closer to his or her home pasture is safer and more convenient than traveling to and from the main barn.
Here’s a newly installed waterer. We’ve used this kind in the newer paddocks for a few years and the horses really like them. The blue is a ball that floats on top of the water. To drink, a horse noses the ball aside. This motion keeps the water from forming thick ice during the winter and the ball also acts as a cover, keeping the water cooler and cleaner in the summer.
The above is also a bona fide photo of 2003 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, Cajun Beat. One of these four horses is him.
So who-all moved in on Monday? The full list is:
Bent on Bourbon, Cajun Beat, Comma to the Top, Daytona, Fantastic Day, He Loves Me Not, Massone, Napoli Express, Old Mexico, Padua’s Pride, Porfido, Riversrunrylee, Secret Getaway, and Windy Land.
I alphabetized it so as not to favor anyone, but I hope some of these names stand out, either because of accomplishments on the track or because you’ve met and fallen in love with some of them at the main farm. For Daytona, Fantastic Day, He Loves Me Not, and Porfido, this is a welcome back home. Riversrunrylee, Windy Land and Massone aren’t strangers at the main farm, either.
Well, Windy Land couldn’t possibly be a stranger. Doesn’t he look like his dad, Mixed Pleasure? Windy Land never raced, but he’s a great-great-great-grandson of Seabiscuit.
I know Porfido has made fans of some of our visitors, character that he is. For whatever reason, he wasn’t into coming over and having his picture taken this morning. This is the best I could do.
Porfido is on the left. He was a multiple graded stakes winner in his home country, Chile. Who’s the chestnut on the right? Hard to tell – maybe Massone?
But Porfido’s lack of photo cooperation was nothing to Cajun Beat’s. Just after I took the photo of the waterer above, everybody in Cajun Beat’s paddock decided it was time for a nap.
Will the real Cajun Beat stand up? . . . When it’s time for sweet dreams in the April grass? Not a chance. Cajun Beat, a dark brown/bay 18 year old gelding, is by Grand Slam out of the Cure the Blues mare Beckys Shirt.
These three don’t sleep when carrots are in the offing. Neither does this guy, who’s always been a great favorite at the farm.
Daytona, foaled in Ireland, is a 14 year old gelding by Indian Ridge out of Kyka by Blushing John. Welcome back, beautiful.
And welcome, Comma to the Top! Seems like just yesterday he was winning stakes race after stakes race. But that was then. Now, it’s about the carrots.
Massone was no slouch on the track, either, and he’s having fun making friends with everyone. People, that is. When the horses moved, it was decided to keep them all in the same herds as before the move. This is to help them feel secure as they get used to their new surroundings. As time goes on and they get used to this farm, any changes in who does well with whom will be taken into account. Adjustments of this kind are always ongoing.
Old Mexico, the youngster in the paddock, only raced 3 times, but he ranks fairly high in the pecking order. At first he didn’t know what to make of strangers with carrots, but it didn’t take him long to learn how fun that is.
I think this horse, He Loves Me Not, had a lot to do with Old Mexico and Comma to the Top catching on so fast about coming up to the fence. “Love-Me,” as some of us call him, is an old hand at the main farm, and I admit he’s my favorite returning resident. So what if he was a claimer. This guy inherited a lot of his damsire Damascus’ steady good sense and kindness. He’s an absolute joy to be around. As are all of them.
As these 14 settle in, more paddocks are being readied, and soon more of our old and new friends will move into them. Thank you, all of you who have been loyal supporters and good friends to these Old Friends. It’s you who are making their happy times in these beautiful new homes possible.