Ken talks about his Farm and the reasons he feels contribute to the success of its runners
Ramsey Farm consists of 1,700 acres +/- .with 191 mares in residence, 89 yearlings and 114 weanlings. Add to that 109 racing and you come up with a total of over 500 horses.
In Ken's own words, the way Ramsey Farm operates is different:
(Courtesy of Amanda Duckworth's ESPN Article The Ramsey Way (Sept 2013)
"We are breeding to race, which is quite different from most of the farms," said Ramsey. "Unless it is too hot, the horses are out there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and can have ice in their manes. We raise them tough, and they run tough."
In other words, those 36 stakes winners grew up a bit differently than horses destined for the sales ring. Ramsey and his farm manager, Mark Partridge, never had to worry about making sure those foals' coats didn't get sun-bleached or if they played too rough with their paddock mates. Instead, they focused on letting them be, well, horses.
"We raise them for the race track not the show ring," said Partridge. "That is probably one of the reasons we are doing so well. They are used to running with 30 head in a field. We have 70-acre fields out there that are up and down hill. They are running across there, biting each other as they are running."
Another thing Ramsey takes pride in is the fact that the horses on Ramsey Farm don't drink city water. Instead, they have set up a system to pull water from springs and creeks that are on farm property.
"There is no chlorine, no fluoride, none of that," said Ramsey. "The water is out of springs and creeks that flow from our farm. If given the choice of drinking spring water or city water, they will drink the spring water every time. I drink it myself. If it is good enough for my horses, it is good enough for me."
A perk of being a Ramsey horse is taking daily trips to "Kitten's Spa." Although originally built just for Kitten's Joy, the spa is now used for any horse on the farm. It features an underwater treadmill with whirlpool jets that can be heated in cooler weather, followed by a stint on a vibrating platform that has a solarium-esque heat lamp above it.
Photo courtesy of Mathea Kelley
"Any muscles that are tense, it will work that out," said Partridge. "In the winter time, the heat is needed because they can't leave here soaking wet. They all love it and find it very relaxing."
Kitten's Joy, of course, gets first dibs at the spa. During the breeding season, he will go three times a week, and in the off-season he goes five.
Ramsey's way might not be the normal way, but it certainly works for both himself and his horses.
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Ken Ramsey discusses his farm's prolific 2013, meeting Queen Elizabeth, & his wife's recovery from a 2006 stroke. Amanda Duckworth analyzes, plus a Barry Abrams commentary.