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How to Introduce Young Horses to X-Country Fences

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.

Week Two – Training an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred

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.

OTTB Young Joe learning to trot over poles on the ground

Running Tall’s Training Begins

running-tall_20110308_068So many people wonder how hard is it to take a horse right off-the-track and begin training? Read our updated Training Thoroughbreds page to see how we get started. There are lots of great stories about the horses we have trained. We have just added one more page to the Training Thoroughbreds menu. . . Running Tall – The Training Begins. We have photos and videos of this gorgeous horse. Follow along as we begin his training. We also have Reign Day, Imatexan, Spot Run and With Wings training information. If you think you want to get a horse off-the-track, read our training pages and see if you are up to the task. Then call us and we will help match you to a wonderful Thoroughbred. Be sure to watch our training videos on the BitsandBytesFarm YouTube Channel.

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Imatexan’s Training Continues

imatexan_20110202_016 We have two more days of training notes for Imatexan posted under our Training Thoroughbreds menu above. Both Imatexan and Spot Run are doing extremely well with their training. Tomorrow we will be posting the diary that Katelyn has been keeping about what she is learning while training Spot Run.

Go to Imatexan Begins Her Training to start reading about retraining a horse directly from the race track. Then continue on to Imatexan’s First Week in Training to see photos and videos of yesterday’s and today’s training sessions.

Imatexan Meets Her Mom

imatexan_20110130_216Imatexan arrived on Saturday night to Bits & Bytes Farm and Sunday was a busy day for her. Turnout, shoe removal, bath, photos and giving her new mom her first ride. Read all about her day and then read the first installment of Training Imatexan.

Fall Trail Ride With Friends

Chickamauga Battlefield Trail Ride - October 3, 2010We spent a great day today trail riding our Thoroughbreds at the Chickamauga Battlefield with our friends. Today was a perfect fall day just right for a trail ride. There was a nip in the air this morning and the leaves are just starting to change color. It was a kind of day that you will remember in the cold of winter or the heat of the summer. Not too many days are as perfect as today.

We had an interesting group of horses and riders. We took five Thoroughbreds from Bits & Bytes Farm: Pride of the Fox, Monarch’s Reign, Political Pull, Brewster and the wonderful With Wings aka “WWW”. We met up with Bob and Susan Goodman riding their huge warmblood fox hunters. Chase New, our farrier, brought two of his mustangs and his friend Amanda. We had one Western saddle, two bareback riders and five English saddles. Susan decided to ride her hunt horse Henry bareback when challenged by Chase riding bareback on his small mustang. The challenge got tougher when the jumping started. Read the rest of the story . . .

Reign Day’s Training Diary is Complete

reign-day_20100307_004 If you are new to our Web site or have been watching our Prospect Horses at the Track sell quickly, you might be wondering what is it like to retrain a horse directly off-the-track. Reign Day’s Training Diary takes you on a six week long training session that starts one week after he finished racing. Ride along as Elizabeth teaches Reign Day to be a sport horse. Read more . . .

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