The Kentucky Life crew meets the new baby animals at the Cincinnati Zoo. The legend of Swift’s Silver Mine keeps treasure hunters searching in Eastern Kentucky. Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond is the only accredited farrier school in the nation.
Kentucky Life’s Doug Flynn visited the Cincinnati Zoo for a look at several of the zoo’s youngest animal residents, including cheetahs, penguins, takins, gorillas, and bonobos.
The Legendary Swift Silver Treasure
One of the most enduring stories in Appalachian folklore is the legend of the lost Swift silver mine and treasure. Wolfe County and the area around Natural Bridge have been rumored to be likely spots for the lost mine. The Kentucky Life crew went to Swift Creek in the Red River Gorge to visit with historian Ed Henson, author of the novel “Swift,” to learn more about the tale.
The Kentucky Horseshoeing School
Graduates of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond are considered to be among the top farriers in the world. Mitch Taylor, director of education at the school, is originally from Colorado and moved to Lexington to get a master’s degree in animal science.
“I’ve been shoeing horses since I was 17, so, 40 years or so,” he said. “I spent a lot of time in academia and a lot of time shoeing horses, but they were two different worlds.”
Acquiring the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in 1989 allowed him to bring both worlds together.