Barn Buddies

Barn Buddies: Jockey Finishes Work, Comes Home To ‘The Funky Farm’

Australian jockey Chris Symons has a somewhat unusual way of kicking back after a long workday at the track. When Symons looks out over his backyard on the Mornington Peninsula, he sees 60-odd animals of almost as many species. There are sheep, a Highlander cow, mini horses, and other farm animals. There is a rainbow […]

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Barn Buddies: At Old Friends, Don’t Mess With Queen BeBe

Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., is famous as the home of retired Thoroughbreds (most recently making news as the new residence of dual classic winner Charismatic). But anyone who has dropped by the farm office or taken a tour on a mild spring day can tell you it has also become a haven for rescued […]

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Barn Buddies: Motion Stable Gets A New Species In Residence

The Graham Motion stable at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., has long been known as a safe haven for more than just horses. Besides the usual barn cats, goats, and occasional visiting dog, followers of Herringswell Stable on social media know the operation includes a sizable wild turkey named Tom. In recent weeks, […]

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Barn Buddies: Rescue Dogs Give Photographer A Different View

Pets, particularly rescued pets, are often said to provide their humans with lessons about themselves. Those lessons are sometimes deep and meaningful experiences about friendship and compassion. While California racing photographer Cecilia Gustavsson said she has learned a few of those, her three rescue dogs have also taught her a lot more mundane things about herself. […]

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Barn Buddies: A Calico Named Duane

Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston has captured some breathtaking images of horses in her time, but if her social media is anything to go by, a barn cat is one of her favorite subjects. Livingston, who works for the Daily Racing Form, is well known for her love of cats generally but found a particular […]

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Barn Buddies: When Hercules Lays An Egg

When California trainer Kristin Mulhall made a weekly trip to her local feed store to pick up hay for her string of racehorses, she used to pass by a pen of 27 baby turkeys. She grew accustomed to seeing one bird standing out from the rest, looking for attention. Each Saturday, she’d stop and play […]

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Barn Buddies: The Pickiest Goat On The Backside

If there’s one thing goats are known for, it’s their iron stomachs and insatiable appetites. Goat lore suggests they will eat tin cans, tires, and even the shirt off your back. Maggie the goat defies such stereotypes. Maggie, who is approximately three years old, resides with trainer Mike Machowsky on the backstretch at Santa Anita […]

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Barn Buddies: Moquett’s Mousers

Ron Moquett is one of many trainers who employs a ‘natural approach’ to pest control in his barns at Churchill Downs. As demonstrated by Moquett Racing’s presence on Facebook and Twitter, barn cats are important employees in the shed row. Moquett posted a video earlier this year showing one barn cat keeping graded stakes winner […]

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Barn Buddies: Pepper Serves As Sports Psychologist To The Greats

Passersby at Barn 22 on Keeneland’s backstretch this week were in for an unusual sight during morning training. Stakes contenders Postulation and Leafy Shade could be spotted grazing under the racetrack’s shady trees, where they were joined by a fluffy roan miniature pony named Pepper. Pepper attracts attention wherever he goes, and owner Brianne Slater said he […]

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Barn Buddies: Runhappy’s Support Team

Reigning sprint champion Runhappy has accumulated over 28,000 followers on Facebook, where the horse’s fans congregate for photos of the colt eating, dustbathing, and sleeping. The ownership/training team behind the big horse has a remote camera trained on his stall 24/7, and uploads screenshots from the nighttime camera for fans to see Runhappy snooze. Followers […]

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