Charm of the Horse Farmby walt barlow on 12/01/14
We’ve been racing from one job to the next this year and have finally gotten a chance to catch up on blog posts. Sometimes we find ourselves in lonesome hollers and blustery ridges far removed from just about any place you might be able to find, but late this summer we found ourselves in what might best be described as regal. Here in Central Kentucky you will find the most storied farms in horse racing history, and they all charm visitors who travel here and tour them. We drive by them nearly every day, and for a few of them, we nearly always wonder what they look like beyond the view from the road. Well, we were fortunate to disassemble the fencing for one of our favorite farms, one that from the road has piqued our curiosity so many times we’ve lost count.
When we first drove past the farm gate, each of us caught ourselves practically gawking at the champion horses, immaculately manicured grounds, palatial horse barns, pristine ponds, and vistas that stretched down to a beautiful creek. After taking in the luxurious setting we focused on the miles and miles of horse fencing that needed to be removed so that new fencing could go up. Now if you don’t already know about horse fencing at these prestigious horse farms, they are almost always made up of heavy-duty posts with four runs of oak boards facing each side both sides of the fence. After many years, usually a couple of decades, these fences must be replaced for the safety of the prized horses, who contribute to the aging by rubbing against them and oftentimes chewing boards. It is this aging by both horse and weather that gives the oak its character and creates a one-of-a-kind floor once we have processed and milled it.
Disassembling all of those miles and miles of horse fencing do not come easy, even though the beautiful scenery made the hard work a joy. A typical day involved starting early in the morning as the sun rose over the rolling hills, tramping through the dew-laden paddocks and fields and cutting the fence boards free from the posts. Then as the day progressed and the sun had burned the dew off, picking up the boards, stacking them, and hauling them away for processing and milling. Then came days of removing and hauling away the posts, which proves to be some of the most grueling work we do. There’s a trick to pulling a post like there are tricks to most anything, but we haven’t found a trick for all of the bruises and sore muscles that come along with the work.
We’re happy to say that we now have Thoroughbred Oak Flooring ready for your next project and know that it will bring the charm and luxury of the horse farm to any room.