2011 Outings & Training Photos

Field Day at Julie’s Farm – October 8, 2011

We love to ride at Julie’s Farm and so do the horses. It is a great place to take a newly off-the-track Thoroughbred for the first time off-the-farm. It is quiet and the terrain is varied and safe. Atlantic Ridge was with us for his first ‘Field Day’. See the video below of another wonderful field day at Julies where we turned the horses loose.

Hunter Pace – October 1, 2011

We had a fantastic day riding with nine Bits & Bytes Farm off-the-track Thoroughbreds at the In Unison Farm Hunter Pace. It was a great day even if it was a little windy. Our horses enjoyed the ride as much as we riders did. Who could not love galloping across beautiful fields of grass or walking though the woods on what truly felt like the first day of Fall after a long hot summer. Our beautiful athletic Thoroughbreds included: So Romeo, Detroit Iron (Andyman), Brat Maverick, Popular Five (Bo), Spot Run, Political Pull and With Wings as the tripod of the day. We met up with Cortableau and Josh aka Dudley who are owned by our “Most Frequent Buyer” – Dr. Laura Durham-Dixon. Political Pull and Josh were two of our 25 special horses that we found homes for several years ago. Political Pull and Spot Run are owned by the Oliver family and it was Cindy’s and Katelyn’s first hunter pace ever. Suellen was another first time hunter pacer as was her horse Detroit Iron.

We tacked up at the trailers and rode to an area to warm up and get the horses settled. Then we all headed to the starter and began our ride. We trotted and canter for the first mile and mixed the ride up with walking trotting and cantering. The fields were for galloping and the woods were for walking. We met up with several former fox hunt friends including our former huntsman and whipper in.

After the ride it was time for our picnic and several additional friends joined us in a great potluck picnic. The horses enjoyed the picnic and shared food and carrots. A great day was enjoyed by all!

Easter Sunride – April 24, 2011

Happy Easter! The horses of Bits & Bytes Farm enjoyed a Easter sunride. We arrived at Garland Mountain and got ready to tack up in the trailer. Monarch’s Reign told his mom Suellen, “Thank you for the pillow, (her Stubben saddle) it’s too early to go for a ride” and he proceeded to rest his head on the saddle and close his eyes and go to sleep. Suellen woke him up in time to enjoy the ride with six other Thoroughbreds from Bits & Bytes Farm. Along for the ride, and more awake were: Brew This aka Brewster, Political Pull, Spot Run, Imatexan, Popular Five aka Bo and our tripod Thoroughbred for the day was With Wings. We were joined by our farrier and good friend, Chase New and his mustang Satan.

We arrived back at the farm to enjoy the rest of Easter with a birthday celebration. It does not take much for the boarders and friends of Bits & Bytes Farm to have a call for a party. Good food, good friends. A great time was had by all.

Garland Mountain Trail Ride – April 17, 2011

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.

Trail Ride at Julies – April 2, 2011

We had a wonderful trail ride with our Thoroughbreds on Saturday at our friend Julie’s farm in White, GA. After our trail ride and during our picnic we were flash mobbed by our Thoroughbreds. The horses were grazing quietly around the trailers when they came together as a herd and spontaneously decided to race around us and then around the pond and back to the picnic. They then joined the picnic and shared our plates of food.

Training at the Farm – February 13, 2011

We like to get a group together and do training exercises on the weekends. Sometimes it is poles on the ground or jumping grids and sometimes we practice over cross-country fences in the pastures or woods.

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