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"Blue" and his mom Stephanie Bone.

"Blue" and his mom Stephanie Bone. November 2007

"Blue" and Stephanie at the Poker Ride for Westbrooke Farm. May 4, 2008

"Blue" and Stephanie at the Poker Ride for Westbrooke Farm. May 4, 2008

 

Stephanie brought "Blue" to the farm so that we could get our "Red Ribbon" photo the two of them.

Stephanie brought "Blue" to the farm so that we could get our "Red Ribbon" photo the two of them. The red ribbon photo is a tradition when a horse is sold by Bits & Bytes Farm. November 3, 2007

Stephanie and Barry enjoy a cold one after the hunter pace. March 1, 2008

 

"Blue" at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 3, 2007

"Blue" at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 3, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTTB - "Blue" likes the big pasture and pond at his new home in Alabama.

"Blue" likes the big pasture and pond at his new home in Alabama. October 2007

 

OTTB - "Blue" likes the big pasture and pond at his new home in Alabama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See "Blue's" Prospect Horse For Sale photo pages.

See "Blue's" Prospect Horse For Sale photo pages.

 

 

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Son of Isis aka "Blue"

May 4, 2008

Blue and Stephanie Bone.

Stephanie Bone rode "Blue" at the Poker Ride for Westbrooke Farm on Sunday May 4, 2008.

March 9, 2008

"Blue" and his mom Stephanie Bone.

Hey Elizabeth!
Great job on the Hunter Pace piece on the website! It was so much fun and I hope to do it again (on Blue would be nice) but I'd ride one of your guys again any day! Just being around and on the back of a horse makes me happy!

Gunner (Unanimous) is doing great. I gradually upped his feed and he is now back to full portions. I spoke to my vet who told me to start them all on psyllium for sand colic. He just had one pass away in Feb. due to sand colic. He is from Pennsylvania and had not heard much about it until he got down here. He was very insistent on me starting something for this. I started it this past week. So far so good. I will do the poop ball test soon as well.

Leaving this morning for Colorado and am a nervous wreck. The horses are in good hands but I hate leaving my guys. I received my Chris Cox CDs as well as my conformation analysis books you recommended in the mail. It has been like Christmas getting all this stuff in. I get excited when the Ani-Flex Complete arrives from Jeffers (really sad). Hopefully, all my new "goodies" will make a short trip of the long plane ride.

Well gotta run and fly. Will email when I get back. Tell Barry and the "Hunter Pace Posse" as well as all the others I met at Bits & Bytes" hello for me.

Take care,
Stephanie

PS - Oh, and I will be sporting the Bits & Bytes pullover in Colorado. Got to advertise!

Elizabeth's Note: Stephanie ended up riding Era of Chanago at the Hunter Pace because "Blue" decided not to load in the trailer. During the ride she swapped horses with Loui and finished the Hunter Pace on K O River Crossing.

Riding OTTBs at a Hunter Pace in Georiga. Barry on Brewster and Stephanie on K O River Crossing at the March 1st Hunter Pace.
Barry on Brewster and Stephanie on K O River Crossing at the March 1st Hunter Pace.

November 25, 2007

Hey Elizabeth!
So much has been going on since we last spoke. Where to begin!

First off, Great Job on the AJC article! Congratulations! They could not have chosen a better barn (and barn owner) to interview.

The McDonald's training in Atlanta was great (great in the fact that I was only 10 minutes away from the tack stores). No, really, I learned a whole lot and was glad for the experience. Got home last Friday evening and had an email from Mason Lampton asking me to come out and watch a hunt at Midland. Received the email at 9pm Friday night but you can bet your behind I was out at Midland at 8:45am Saturday morning (released hounds at 9am) taking it all in. Mind you I did ride in a car the entire hunt but words cannot explain how excited and how long I had been waiting for that moment. Just to be around horse people, horses and hear the singing of those hounds was enough to put me on cloud 9. It was just wonderful!

Now for the best part: Blue and I went over our first fences (cross rail and one small vertical) on Friday! We also cantered for the first time on Friday! Up until this point I have really been focused on transitions, bending and basic walk/trot. We have been doing our (chiropractic) stretches (minus a week of me being out of town) and I have been lunging (free and the with loose side reins) to keep him moving but I was just nervous about getting on him until this week. From now on I really think I am going to start my warm ups in two point so the back has a chance to really warm up as well. He was such a trooper over the fences and only looked a couple of times at the vertical. After that it was a piece of cake. He was very good at not rushing before or after the fence. I did purchase the jumping exercises book you mentioned and will start using it soon.

Unanimous aka "Gunner" continues to do well and is fat, happy and oh so fuzzy. He continues to lose his special shoe (I think he sucks them off in the lake) so the farrier is looking to make the same shoe but add clips. We shall see how they hold up. If this continues, don't think I won't be out in that lake with my scuba gear on (aka snorkel, mask and jogging suit (that is a good substitute for a wet suit, right?)) looking for lost aluminum shoes; those suckers are $30.00 a pop. Ahhh, yet another great mental picture.

Anyway, I hope you and your family are well, had a wonderful Thanksgiving and continue to have a blessed Holiday Season.

God Bless,
Stephanie

November 3, 2007 - "Blue" comes to Bits & Bytes Farm

"Blue" came to visit and meet our chiropractor Dr. Lance Cleveland. We recommend all buyers to get their new off-the-track Thoroughbreds evaluated by a chiropractor. "Blue" was well behaved and seemed to enjoy the minor adjustments that he received.

"Blue" learns to do his carrot stretches with Dr. Lance Cleveland, to keep his poll and neck supple.
"Blue" learns to do his carrot stretches with Dr. Lance Cleveland, to keep his poll and neck supple.

OTTB's need chiropractic adjustments before they begin serious training to rule out any possible alignment issues that might cause pain during training.

October 20, 2007

"Blue" arrives at his new home in Alabama.

Hey Elizabeth!

After what seemed like forever to get home Blue was finally unloaded off the trailer and put in his stall. I think he was falling asleep while I was taking his shipping wraps off. Poor guy -- he was soo tired. He was definitely spry and alert when I brought his breakfast Sunday morning. Later on I brought in Gunner and Esprit and let Blue get out to get his bearings. He was very intriqued with the lake and was snorting loudly. Blue loves being outdoors but he especially loves his stall. I feel if his stall door were open he would stay in there all day. This is good because I will start working with him soon but I also want him to get out to just be a horse as well.

"Blue" likes the big pasture and pond at his new home in Alabama.
"Blue" likes the big pasture and pond at his new home in Alabama.

Elizabeth, I can't thank you enough for leading me in Blue's direction. Betty Jo and her husband were wonderful. You can tell they love their horses dearly and only want the best for each of them. Although I have not gotten on him yet his ground manners tell me he is eager to please and learn. I purchased him as a potential field hunter. Although you cannot predict how a horse will do around hounds, other horses, standing still, etc we are both getting into this area as beginners and hope we can learn from each other. I want to make sure his training not only engages his mind but that he enjoys what he is doing as well.

Thank you again for all your help and support with Blue (and Gunner). I will keep you updated on Blue's progress. Take care and God Bless.

Sincerely,
Stephanie

"Blue" aka Son of Isis was a Prospect Horse For Sale when he was purchased by Stephanie Bone in October 2007.

Thoroughbred Horse For SaleThis was one of "Blue's" Prospect Horse For Sale photos in October 2007.

Click here to see more of "Blue's" Prospect Horse For Sale photosfrom October 2007.


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