Kentucky's Horse Country Has Launched Virtual Tours and We Can Almost Smell the Green Grass

Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, Kentucky horse farms are bringing the action to your screens.

Understandably, anxiety is running high as the coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout the country. Like many, we're looking for all the at-home distractions we can get.

Shooting to the top of our list? Virtual Kentucky horse farm tours from Visit Horse Country, an organization of horse farms, equine medical clinics, and equine attractions, now giving you the chance to pop onto a bucolic farm and live vicariously for a few as you toast horse birthdays, watch foals go about their day, and check in for feedings and nose scratches galore.

“With travel plans upended and visits to the Bluegrass on hold, we wanted to bring travelers a little bit of Kentucky—and some happiness—at this time. Virtual tours and livestreams of Horse Country are scheduled through the next few weeks from several partner farms, including nurseries, stallion complexes and aftercare facilities. Our goal is to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of horse farms, from foaling nursery tours and sweet ‘meet and greets’ to feeding times, horse trainer Q&A’s, retired champions, and insight into day-to-day operations," Anne Hardy, Executive Director of Horse Country, told Southern Living. "We hope to create a positive experience for everyone at home by sharing the story of the horses, the land, and the people of Horse Country...Viewers can watch in real time or watch after the 'live' tours are over, for any time they need a little equine pick me up.” You can see the full list of participating farms and tour schedules here.

The majority of these horse farms are located in Lexington, and the rest are in surrounding areas in Central Kentucky such as Goshen, Midway, Nicholasville, Paris, and Versailles. Of the bunch, two we're especially looking forward to tuning into are Claiborne Farm (pictured in the two images above), which has been visited by Queen Elizabeth II twice and New Vocations, home of the country's oldest and largest ex-racehorse adoption program.

We're so ready to be teleported to Kentucky and see these beautiful creatures on verdant fields and rolling countryside estates. A mid-afternoon horse-viewing break? Don't mind if we do—take us to horse country.

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