Knight Villain -
Knight Villain was a Christmas present in
August 19, 2007
Mamie and Queen's
Rowdy Lad get by with a little help from their friends, Tammy
Villain. August 19, 2007
Seven OTTBs from Bits & Bytes Farm went
on a trail ride on August 19, 2007
August 4, 2007 - Cross Country Schooling at
On August 4th Knight Villain and I had the pleasure of accompanying
Paula Gunnels and Joe Bear down to Pine Mountain - Big Bear for
some cross-country schooling. This was Knight's first REAL cross
country course and he loved every minute! We warmed up in the dressage
arena, then walked down the road to the cross country course.
Knight went into the start box readily and watched as Joe and Paula jumped their
first fence. He would slow down to look at the jumps as we rode past, but when
I asked, he cantered gamely up to them and sailed over. He loved the wide open
space and did quite a few "Happy Knight Rumbles" throughout the day.
David and his folks followed us around the course in a golf cart taking pictures.
A wonderful picnic supplied by Mr and Mrs Gunnels ended the day while the horses
rested beside our gazebo. Knight was an absolute treasure, his usual confident
self, and this experience has shown me how far we've come as a team. We're looking
forward to our next big adventure!
Tammy Gullett and Knight Villain
March 28, 2007
Its been three months since Knight became my official "Partner
in Crime" and I could not wish for anything better. From the
beginning I decided to use Natural Horsemanship Techniques I had
picked up watching RTV and documentaries on Native American Horse
Only three months later, I have a horse who loads quietly
and calmly onto a trailer (this used to be a scary, drawn-out
ordeal including lunge lines, take-two's, and much frustration
from what I've heard). Knight also takes in stride my various short-comings
as a first time OTTB owner with little more than a raised eyebrow
and a patient sigh as I figure it out. I've learned to give him
time to figure out what I'm asking for without rushing him or
getting frustrated, and he pays me back with respect, love, and
Knight helped Political Pull gain the confidence to cross
Our training started out with 15 minute lunging sessions alternating
with short, pleasurable rides in the woods or arena six days a
week, with Friday's off to be a horse and play. We've extended
these sessions by five minute increments and tried to incorporate
lots of transition work and changes of direction.
Most of the time I aim to have Knight "Tune In" to my
body language by being consistent in my signals and not relying
on pressure from rein or whip to get a response. I know its working
when that inside ear locks on to me, he licks and chews, and drops
his nose toward the ground. This sign of respect and acceptance
of my leadership is an automatic que for me to stop the work (This
is straight from a Monty Roberts training book). By answering Knight's
signal, I'm reinforcing the communication between us - so that
now he free lunges at all gaits, changing direction and speed simply
by reading my body language. I now have a rather large, hairy shadow
that follows me around wherever I go ;)
Brew This, Joe Bear and Knight Villain enjoy a trail ride at Dawson
Forest. March 4, 2007
Knight is progressing steadily in his physical conditioning, even
to the point of showing no stiffness after the most grueling of
groundpole exercises. We've popped over a couple logs on the trail
at the farm without incident, Knight looks where he's going and
tucks his legs up cleanly, sailing over without any hesitation.
He loves new challenges, and jumping is just one more skill he'll
add to his already impressive list of accomplishments.
Knight Villain trusts Tammy enough to let her ride over a wooden
trestle bridge 30 feet above a river.
Every day with this horse is a joy and an adventure. He fills
a place in my soul long held by a Shadow-Horse called Apache Fyre
(my first beloved). His quirks and personality make me smile every
time I think of him, and my heartfelt thanks go out to everyone
who helped shape this horse into my perfect match. You don't know
the joy you wrought!
All our love - Knight and Tammy
January 24, 2007
Knight put on a fashion show in the barn last night - trying on
his new rug and sports medicine boots, and checking out his new
bridle to make sure it fitted properly. Everything works wonderfully,
and the whole barn got to see Knight fully decked out in his new
regalia as he trotted up and down the barn aisle.
Mom took lots of pictures and even a video or two, so hopefully
I'll be able to send those to you pretty soon.
The chiropractic visit has made a huge difference in Knight's
movement. He crosses under freely on both sides now, and is less
reluctant to canter on the left lead during our lunging sessions.
I'm really pleased with how he's muscling up - hopefully we'll
get him fit enough to start working on low poles by the end of
the summer. I'm confident he'll eventually show at local events
here in Atlanta.
See you soon!
~Tammy and Knight
Tammy Gullet has been a "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm" and Knight Villain has
been her special horse. Tammy's parents surprised Tammy on Christmas
day by purchasing Knight for her. They knew that Knight and Tammy
were a "Perfect Match".
Knight Villain got a "Little Girl" for his Christmas present! "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm" Tammy Gullet was surprised by her mom and dad with a new pony for Christmas.
December 29, 2006
Hi Elizabeth and Barry!
Well, yesterday was our first official ride as "Partners in Crime". Knight was an absolute gentleman - so quiet and laid back I didn't even feel the need to lunge him first! We worked in the arena, doing spirals and serpentine loops at the walk and trot and he felt like a Cadillac! He yields beautifully to the leg on both sides, and accepts the bit with little urging.
Knight Villain and "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm" Tamarin Gullett. October 7, 2006
We're a little competitive when other horses are sharing the arena. Knight tends to come off the bit and speed up whenever someone else is traveling faster than he is... any ideas to help him stay focussed? Apparently the "Racehorse Mode" is still in effect sometimes!
We went on a mini trail ride with Mom (Melody) walking beside Knight... He kept looking down at her with a smile as if to say "Where'd you hide those sweet baby carrots?" Seeing Barbo at the fence made him curl his neck while muttering under his breath (something about wanting to play, I think). We then pranced sideways all the way back up to the driveway - a perfect Passage! What a showoff!
Your Success Stories make our day! Knight and his new mom Tammy. December 25, 2006
I'm still not sure its sunk in all the way that he's a part of our family now - it seems so surreal! I couldn't have wished for a more honest and trustworthy horse and I know that Knight has the talent and patience to help me gain even more confidence in my riding.
I can't thank you enough for bringing this kind and loving soul into my life!
See you soon!
PS: Knight wanted me to ask when the next trail ride is... he hopes its soon!
Knight Villain - at Bits & Bytes Farm - November 25, 2006
Knight Villain was a stakes race winner.