Joe Taylor's Complete Guide to Breeding and Raising Racehorses: Advice from America's Master Horseman

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Joe Taylor knows what it takes to breed and raise champions - both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. For 40 years, he managed the world famous Gainesway Farm in Lexington, KY. He's been associated with winners of the Kentucky Derby, Breeders' Cup, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Hambletonian and the Kentucky Futurity. Joe Taylor knows that a horse's chance to become a champion starts long before it goes to the track. It begins with the breeding, the care given to his sire and dam, the quality of the grass on which he grazes, the care and training received as a foal and the environment in which it is raised. Neglect any of these things and the horse will never see the winner's circle. Joe Taylor's Complete Guide to Breeding and Raising Racehorses tells you how to select the best land for your farm and design the best layout for your paddocks, pastures, buildings, roads and lanes.Taylor explains how to select the correct stallion for your mare and how to get your mares in foal and keep them that way. He tells you how to care for newborn foals, raise strong weanlings and correct yearlings, get your yearlings ready for the sales and have your horses reach their peak at sales time, plus much more.

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Joseph Lannon Taylor has spent more than 50 years managing horse farm operations and advising Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeders. As a farm manager for 40 years at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., he was instrumental in making Gainesway the premier stallion station facility in the world. He now advises his four sons in the operation of Taylor Made Farm in Lexington, a world-renowned Thoroughbred nursery, sales agency and stud farm.

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From Chapter 1: There comes a time when a man dreams of giving up the pressures of his business, the congestion of the city and the fast pace at which he is living. If he has ever been around a horse, has been to the races or if his wife has wanted to own a horse ever since she was a little girl, the dream soon becomes a desire to own a horse farm. The day you decide to get into the horse business, you are really getting yourself into two businesses. You are in the horse business by design and in the real estate business by default.

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