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.
training at Bits & Bytes Farm
Brat Maverick will continue to live at Bits & Bytes Farm and Kathy will use him during her lessons. Kathy welcomes new students – especially women who are getting back into riding after a long break. These re-riders will find learning to ride again fun and informative in a supportive environment of adult riders who have nothing to prove and everything to enjoy. We have very quiet Thoroughbreds to ride while relearning the pleasure of riding horses. Contact Kathy Duke for riding lessons: 404-433-0919.
Training a young Thoroughbred to be ridden should be a slow and deliberate process. You do not want to scare him and cause life-long issues. Saint Lawrence is so confident and quiet because of all the ground work done ahead of time. Bubba helped teach Saint Lawrence how to ride alongside another horse. Walking over poles is the first lesson for jumping.
Saturday was the perfect Fall day for taking a trail ride to the North Georgia Mountains. Dawson Forest is not that far from our farm and there are over 5000 acres of wooded trails to ride on. We loaded up three Thoroughbreds – one who had never been trail riding, and met up with two more Thoroughbreds owned by friends who purchased their off-the-track Thoroughbreds from Bits & Bytes Farm.
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.