training > trainers
We have lots of help training our horses
We at Bits & Bytes Farm recognize there are many approaches to
training horses and riders. Education of both horse and rider is at
the forefront of what we do at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Training is not accomplished in 30 or 60 days. Training goes on forever.
Our goal is to give these Thoroughbreds a chance to start a new career.
They need a strong foundation for this transition to be successful.
It is not enough that they can be ridden by Elizabeth Wood who has
ridden and trained horses all her life. They need to have the manners
and movement for a less experienced rider. Riding is part of the horses'
training and so is ground work.
Our Primary Trainer
Elizabeth Wood is our primary trainer. She not only finds the horses
at the track but is the first to get on them (with husband Barry Zuber
holding the lunge line). She determines what type of additional training
they will receive. Elizabeth starts each horse on the flat with lots
of bending and dressage exercises. When the horse is ready she moves
him onto grid work and eventually jumping. The horses are taken out
on the farm trails as soon as it is safe. Riding these Thoroughbreds
outside the arena helps them to develop balance and confidence. Learning
to jump small logs in the woods, teaches them to pick up their feet.
When it is determined that the horse is safe and sane, the "Friends
of Bits & Bytes Farm" are there to help with the horses'
exercise and training.
K.C. Banner with Elizabeth Wood at the Montreal Horse Trials. Elizabeth
trained Banner to the Prelim level of eventing including competing
at the Preliminary Championships.
Friends of Bits & Bytes Farm
"Friends of Bits & Bytes Farm" are riders of various
skill levels. Some are young and some are moms (youngish moms). Many
of our friends have extensive training and showing experience. Our
friends come from all over the world they include: Paula Gunnels from
South Africa, Lise Matt from Canada, Gertjan van Roekel from Holland
and Erika Hamilton who was born in Venezuela has lived in many countries.
Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm
- Gertjan van Roekel
Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm
- Paula Gunnels on Joe Bear
Our friends help with grooming, exercising, feeding, training and
cleaning the forever dirty tack. It would not be possible to place
so many horses without their daily help. They are quick to help out
when Barry and Elizabeth go out of town on a buying trip. A big heartfelt
THANKYOU goes out to each one.
The "Friends" also help us assess the training level of
the horse. Can he be safely ridden by a child? Or a mom? Does he like
to jump? Is he nervous with a more timid rider? Will he fox hunt?
Can he jump or does he prefer dressage? These are the questions that
need to be answered so that we can properly represent these horses
to potential buyers.
Imtiaz Anees competed at
in Sydney Australia.
Professional trainers also come and give clinics at Bits & Bytes
Farm or take the horses to their farms for intensive training. They
help work with the higher level horses and move their training forward
more quickly with their guidance. They also instruct our boarders
and help with their horses' training. Professional trainers we have worked with in the past
include: Elisa Wallace of Atlanta, Dean Graham from South Africa and Imtiaz Anees from India. Each trainer brings their own unique insights
and suggestions for training horse and rider. We encourage our boarders
to take lessons and attend clinics. No one will ever "know everything"
about training or riding. Each trainer has their own special teaching
skills. We encourage new boarders to bring their trainers to work
with them at our farm.
Unlike many stables, we welcome ALL trainers.