Kentucky Horse | High Stakes in the Bluegrass, National Geographic: Waiting In The Midnight Hours For Horse Birth

Man sits on chair in the barn waiting for horse to give birth.

April and May are foaling season in Kentucky, and most foals are born between 10 pm and 4 am under the cover of darkness. A night watchman called Dr. Smiser West, who at age 93, still jumped out of bed and came to the barn to wait for the blessed event on Waterford Farm. Small farm owners are the backbone of the horse industry in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, where concerned managers and owners that go the extra mile caring for the highly valued thoroughbreds.

Photograph was published in National Geographic magazine article on Kentucky Horse Country.

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