Retraining an off-the-track Thoroughbred requires skill and knowledge. You either need to have both or work closely with someone who does. The life of a racehorse is very different than the life of a sport horse. The aids of a jockey are not like the aids of a dressage rider.
Safe Passage aka ‘Paddy’ and Crafty Valentine aka ‘Valley’ arrived from the racetrack at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon August 10. ‘Paddy’ was purchased by Anne Michele Jamros and he will be boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm. ‘Valley’s’ new mom is Trica Pike of Stratham, GA. Trica picked up Crafty Valentine on Sunday morning to …
We have just started a page where we can share the products that we use at Bits & Bytes Farm. Running a farm is a learning experience – you make lots of mistakes and along the way, you find a few products and resources that really make the job easier and stretch the budget. We …
Introducing Thoroughbreds, or any horse to x-country fences, the first time can be both exciting and scary for the horse. This training note walks you through a process that is methodical and well thought out to make the learning fun and not over stimulating — while building the confidence of both the horse and the riders.
Young Joe has been away from racing just two weeks. His new mom, Mary Catherine, has been riding him and teaching him the basics of being a sport horse as opposed to being a race horse. Since leaving the race track Joe has learned to cross tie, stand while being mounted, stand quietly while being ridden, walk, trot and canter without getting quick.
CLINIC UPDATE: See photos and read about our clinic with Evie Stephens. Thank you to all who participated and to our guests and new friends who joined in the fun. See photos on our Training Thoroughbreds with Dressage page.
Sunday was such a perfect spring day that we decided to take the Oliver’s new 4 Star trailer on a test run to Garland Mountain in north Georgia with their two Thoroughbreds — Political Pull and Spot Run. We loaded four more Thoroughbreds into the Bits & Bytes Farm’s 4 Star to join in on the fun. So Romeo, With Wings, Monarch’s Reign and our newest off-the-track Thoroughbred, Detroit Iron aka “Andy” all enjoy trail riding. We have a photo gallery showing the beautiful day on our new page 2011 Outings and Training Photos.