Son of Isis aka "Blue"
May 4, 2008
Stephanie Bone rode "Blue" at the
Poker Ride for Westbrooke Farm on Sunday May 4, 2008.
March 9, 2008
Great job on the Hunter
Pace piece on the website! It was so much
fun and I hope to do it again (on Blue would be nice) but I'd
ride one of your guys again any day! Just being around and on
the back of a horse makes me happy!
Gunner (Unanimous) is doing
great. I gradually upped his feed and he is now back to full portions.
I spoke to my vet who told me to start them all on psyllium
for sand colic. He just had one pass away in
Feb. due to sand colic. He is from Pennsylvania and had not heard
much about it until he got down here. He was very insistent on
me starting something for this. I started it this past week.
So far so good. I will do the poop ball test soon as well.
this morning for Colorado and am a nervous wreck. The horses
are in good hands but I hate leaving my guys. I received my Chris
Cox CDs as well as my conformation analysis books you recommended
in the mail. It has been like Christmas getting all this stuff
in. I get excited when the Ani-Flex Complete arrives from
Jeffers (really sad). Hopefully, all my new "goodies" will
make a short trip of the long plane ride.
Well gotta run and fly.
Will email when I get back. Tell Barry and the "Hunter Pace
Posse" as well as all the others I met at Bits & Bytes" hello
PS - Oh, and I will be sporting the Bits & Bytes pullover in
Colorado. Got to advertise!
Elizabeth's Note: Stephanie ended up riding Era
of Chanago at
the Hunter Pace because "Blue" decided not to load in the trailer.
During the ride she swapped horses with Loui and finished the Hunter
Pace on K O River Crossing.
Barry on Brewster and Stephanie on K O River Crossing at the March
1st Hunter Pace.
November 25, 2007
So much has been going on since we last spoke. Where to begin!
First off, Great Job on the AJC article! Congratulations! They
could not have chosen a better barn (and barn owner) to interview.
The McDonald's training in Atlanta was great (great
in the fact that I was only 10 minutes away from the tack stores).
No, really, I learned a whole lot and was glad for the experience.
Got home last Friday evening and had an email from Mason Lampton
asking me to come out and watch a hunt at Midland. Received the
email at 9pm Friday night but you can bet your behind I was out
at Midland at 8:45am Saturday morning (released hounds at 9am)
taking it all in. Mind you I did ride in a car the entire hunt
but words cannot explain how excited and how long I had been waiting
for that moment. Just to be around horse people, horses and hear
the singing of those hounds was enough to put me on cloud 9. It
was just wonderful!
Now for the best part: Blue and I went over
our first fences (cross rail and one small vertical) on Friday!
We also cantered for the first time on Friday! Up until this point
I have really been focused on transitions, bending and basic walk/trot.
We have been
doing our (chiropractic) stretches (minus a week of me being out
of town) and I have been lunging (free and the with loose side
reins) to keep him moving but I was just nervous about getting
on him until this week. From now on I really think I am going to
start my warm ups in two point so the back has a chance to really
warm up as well. He was such a trooper over the fences and only
looked a couple of times at the vertical. After that it was a piece
of cake. He was very good at not rushing before or after the fence.
I did purchase the jumping exercises book you mentioned and will
start using it soon.
Unanimous aka "Gunner" continues to do well and is fat, happy and
oh so fuzzy. He continues to lose his special shoe (I think he
sucks them off in the lake) so the farrier is looking to make the
same shoe but add clips. We shall see how they hold up. If this
continues, don't think I won't be out in that lake with my scuba
gear on (aka snorkel, mask and jogging suit (that is a good substitute
for a wet suit, right?)) looking for lost aluminum shoes; those
suckers are $30.00 a pop. Ahhh, yet another great mental picture.
Anyway, I hope you and your family are well, had a wonderful Thanksgiving
and continue to have a blessed Holiday Season.
November 3, 2007 - "Blue" comes to Bits & Bytes Farm
"Blue" came to visit and meet our chiropractor Dr. Lance Cleveland.
We recommend all buyers to get their new off-the-track Thoroughbreds
evaluated by a chiropractor. "Blue" was well behaved and seemed
to enjoy the minor adjustments that he received.
"Blue" learns to do his carrot
stretches with Dr.
to keep his poll and neck supple.
October 20, 2007
After what seemed like forever to get home Blue was finally unloaded
off the trailer and put in his stall. I think he was falling asleep
while I was taking his shipping wraps off. Poor guy -- he was soo
tired. He was definitely spry and alert when I brought his breakfast
Sunday morning. Later on I brought in Gunner and Esprit and let
Blue get out to get his bearings. He was very intriqued with the
lake and was snorting loudly. Blue loves being outdoors but he
especially loves his stall. I feel if his stall door were open
he would stay in there all day. This is good because I will start
working with him soon but I also want him to get out to just be
a horse as well.
"Blue" likes the big pasture and
pond at his new home in Alabama.
Elizabeth, I can't thank you enough for leading
me in Blue's direction. Betty Jo and her husband
were wonderful. You can tell they love their horses dearly and
only want the best for each of them. Although I have not gotten
on him yet his ground manners tell me he is eager to please and
learn. I purchased him as a potential field hunter. Although you
cannot predict how a horse will do around hounds, other horses,
standing still, etc we are both getting into this area as beginners
and hope we can learn from each other. I want to make sure his
training not only engages his mind but that he enjoys what he is
doing as well.
Thank you again for all your help and support with
Blue (and Gunner). I will keep you updated on Blue's progress.
Take care and God Bless.
"Blue" aka Son of Isis was
a Prospect Horse For Sale when he was purchased by Stephanie Bone
in October 2007.
was one of "Blue's" Prospect Horse For Sale photos in October
Click here to see more of "Blue's" Prospect
Horse For Sale photosfrom October 2007.