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of the farm and see the beautiful thoroughbreds
we have for sale. Follow their training and learn how we bring
them from racetrack to a new career in the show ring, fox hunting
Bits & Bytes Farm trail ride (part two) the ride continues
This weekend we were off to Dawson Forest in Dawsonville, GA. We
expand on our horses' training by taking them away from home on short
trips. They learn to adjust to different surroundings as they are
exposed to new experiences.
This week we took Brewster, Fort Mason, Darcy and Broadway Joe. They
all loved the ride - especially the "water obstacles". We
started out crossing over a wooden bridge with floor boards spread
apart enough that you could see down the twenty or so feet to the
river below. The horses were fine, but the hollow sound of the horses
hooves on the wooden bridge, was enough to spook the riders as they
looked over the low board sides of the bridge.
From left to right: Barry and Brewster, Lise
and Fort Mason, Rachael and Broadway Joe.
Barry rode his fox hunter Brewster who is just turning four. He
was very good on the trails and walked confidently through the water
including the rushing river. Lise rode her favorite boy, Fort Mason.
He is what we call a "war horse" - a horse that has raced
more than fifty times. Fort Mason ran ninety six races
before he bowed a tendon and was donated to New
Vocations. That's where Elizabeth found him thanks to Linda Ross
and Dot Morgan back in November 2000.
From left to right: Barry and Brewster, Lise and Fort Mason, Rachael
and Broadway Joe.
Linda suggested Elizabeth take on a rescue horse when she could not
find a suitable Thoroughbred for fox hunting anywhere in Georgia.
Dot Morgan, the director of New Vocations, recommended Fort Mason
and thought that his bowed tendon would heal fine and it did! Fort
Mason loves to trail ride, fox hunt and do hunter paces including
the jumps at the fastest pace. Horses can be brought back from racetrack
injuries with the proper care and Fort Mason, with his loving personality,
proves that it is worth the time to let them heal.
Broadway Joe and Rachael enjoy a shower together.
Rachael rode her boy Broadway Joe. He was the bravest (and prettiest
- according to Rachael's mom June) of the bunch. He was also the one
who enjoyed the water the most - even splashing with his rear legs
in the water.
Wet and lovin' it.
Broadway Joe and Rachael will have no trouble on x-country courses
with water obstacles. Broadway Joe retired from racing to Bits &
Bytes Farm in November 2002. Rachael purchased him in September 2003
and boards him at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Update on Irish and Lord Sexton!
Irish and his mom Rachel in the California
Our boys are doing great in California. Irish and Gabrielle (formally
known as Lord Sexton) are enjoying the good life on an alfalfa farm.
Irish and his mom Dr. Rachel Black have been in training to prepare
for Irish's first horse show in April. We look forward to more photos
now that Rachel has a new digital camera.