The Breaking and Training Program
at E. A. Ranches emphasizes the careful development of each horse as an individual. Under the skilled eye of trainer Sherrie Songer, who personally determines the training plan for each individual and oversees his progress, a solid foundation is laid. While safety and long-term soundness are of highest priority in these early training stages, the individual approach taken at E.A. Ranches ensures that these young athletes are physically and mentally ready for the next step in their career.
Each horse’s training begins at the breaking barn, where he undergoes several weeks of basics, including extensive ground work and driving, before graduating to the training track. The 5/8-mile oval at E.A. Ranches, built by the renowned trackman Steve Wood, is renovated daily. Every three to four weeks the surface is ripped and graded to ensure safe and optimal footing when working the youngsters alone or in pairs. In addition, the track is equipped with a three-stall starting gate.
E.A. Ranches’ unique three-mile jogging trail, which winds up and down the hillside, is used depending on the needs of the individual horse. Similar trails have recently been introduced by several of Kentucky’s leading farms, and serve as an additional conditioning resource or as an alternative to the training track. In place at E.A. Ranches since operations began, this trail provides an excellent physical and mental break in the routine of young horses and has been credited with the successful rehabilitation of numerous older racehorses.