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Nancy saddles Dream Pusher for their first ever hunter pace.

Nancy saddles Dream Pusher for their first ever hunter pace.

Pride of the Fox and Dream Pusher raced across and open field.

Pride of the Fox and Dream Pusher raced across and open field at the hunter pace. August 11, 2007

"Dream Pusher " - SOLD! Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Woodruff of Marietta, GA

"Dream Pusher " - SOLD!
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Woodruff of Marietta, GA.
- February 28, 2007

Bareback is a blast!

Bareback is a blast! Just seven weeks off-the-track and "Dream Pusher" is already being ridden bareback by Nancy.

 

The smile says it all!

The smile says it all!

Dream Pusher enjoys the warmth and sunshine in Georgia.

Dream Pusher enjoys the warmth and sunshine in Georgia.

 

Dream Pusher

 

Nancy and Dream Pusher enjoy their first ride together.

Nancy and Dream Pusher enjoy their first ride together just five days off-the-track!

 

Dream Pusher now lives at Bits & Bytes Farm.

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Dream Pusher

Dr. Nancy Woodruff and her OTTB Dream Pusher on their first hunter pace in Greensboro, AL. August 11, 2007
Dr. Nancy Woodruff and her OTTB Dream Pusher on their first hunter pace in Greensboro, AL. August 11, 2007

August 13, 2007

Words are going to be inadequate to describe this past weekend with Dream. I just had a birthday, and what I really wanted was to be able to take my young horse out of the ring, canter and enjoy the freedom of open space. I was incredibly fortuneate to accompany Elizabeth and Barry and friends at a hunter pace in Alabama.

Dream Pusher and Nancy gallop for the first time out of the ring.
Dream Pusher and Nancy gallop for the first time out of the ring.

My 4-yr old, 5-month off the track boy, completely exceeded my hopes and expectations. He behaved like a seasoned trail horse, though I'm told the correct phrase would be a "seasoned fox hunter".

He stayed with horses from our barn and he did everything I asked. He trotted, he cantered, and they say he galloped, and it was all quite controlled.

Dream takes his first cross country fence!
Dream Pusher takes his first cross country fence while Political Pull and Elizabeth watch from behind. August 11, 2007

We also went over two small jumps,placed in an open field. Hounds (dogs) walked right by him, aerating devices splashed water around catfish ponds, and a bull stood nearby under a tree. Dream didn't care. His biggest spook was over a dragonfly, and it was minor. His strength and stamina were excellent.

Dream Pusher and Nancy Woodruff attend the Hard Away Whitworth hunter pace in Greensboro, AL.
Nothing spooked the horses not even the aerating devices in the pond behind the horses.

After the ride, a trainer from Birmingham commented that he looked quite fit at the end of the course, and inquired what future plans I have for him. Basically, just to keep up weekly lessons with Karen, keep riding regularly, keep having fun, and who knows what we'll do next!

Nancy

Elizabeth's Note: We were very proud of this pair. They were a shining example of how versatile Thoroughbreds are. Read more about the hunter pace and see more photos of Dream Pusher and Nancy on our August 11 News page.

Nancy and Dream Pusher lead for most of the ride.
Nancy and Dream Pusher lead for most of the ride.

August 1, 2007

Dr. Nancy Woodruff and "Dream Pusher" - August 2007
Dr. Nancy Woodruff and "Dream Pusher" - August 2007

July 14, 2007

Nancy and Dream Pusher are working on flying changes. July 14, 2007
Nancy and Dream Pusher are working on flying changes. July 14, 2007

Gabrielle and Nancy take a walk with Dream Pusher. July 14, 2007
Gabrielle and Nancy take a walk with Dream Pusher. July 14, 2007

July 1, 2007

"Happiness is having your own horse at B&B Farm!" - First time horse owner, Nancy Woodruff - July 1, 2007
"Happiness is having your own horse at B&B  Farm!" - First time horse owner, Nancy Woodruff - July 1, 2007

As I rode around the ring today, I said, "Happiness is having your own horse at B&B Farm! " After two years of various lesson programs at different stables, what fun to be the decision-maker about a horse's care and our riding. I'm very fortunate to have Karen Boysen for lessons and Elizabeth and Barry for riding tips and complete horse pampering. But it is great to be the one deciding,"Yes, today we will canter over a small jump and today he will get a bath.". For anyone dreaming of having their own horse, I highly recommend it --if you know what you're doing and/or if you have good support.

Nancy Woodruff

Dream Pusher and Nancy Woodruff - July 1, 2007
Dream Pusher and Nancy Woodruff - July 1, 2007

April 11, 2007

Bits & Bytes Farm Horse wishes everyone a Happy Easter. April 7, 2007
Bits & Bytes Farm Horse wishes everyone a Happy Easter. April 7, 2007

Bits and Bytes has become my one-stop shop. Not only did I find my Dream horse, I also got a web-site for my practice. As everyone knows, the B and B site is fabulous, and many of us go there daily , instead of checking the news.

So, I hired Elizabeth and Barry to create one (Web site) for me. I am so pleased with it, and the art and graphics are color-coordinated (chocolate) to match my new horse, and my two chocolate labs. E and B have quite a sense of humor and creativity, and are very fun to work with.

Nancy Woodruff, PhD Web site link.
Nancy Woodruff, PhD and her chocolate horse - Dream Pusher. April 7. 2007

Thank you both so much for going above and beyond to help me, whether on the lunge line or with the web-site.

- Nancy

 

 

 

Nancy Woodruff, PhD and her chocolate horse - Dream Pusher.
-April 7. 2007

Dream Pusher says, "Take the time to stop and smell the flowers."

March 29, 2007

Dream Pusher and Nancy Woodruff - The Marietta Pyschologist.
Dream Pusher and Nancy Woodruff canter bareback just seven weeks off-the-track.

Yesterday I had a great experience riding Dream; it was also very strange. Strange, in that it seemed completely normal to be asking him to canter, and he responded like it was something we'd been doing all along. In fact, it was the 1st time I asked for a canter, and I was riding him with only a bareback pad. It is so odd,in that it all seemed natural and familiar for us. He is a great horse, and I'm totally amazed at how willing and co-operative he is. I can't wait to see what we're doing in another 4 wks! Thanks for all your continuing help and support.

-Nancy

Nancy and Dream Pusher. March 25, 2007
"Nancy is fulfilling her own childhood dream - recently acquiring a four year old off- the-track  thoroughbred that she has named "Dream Pusher".

March 25, 2007

I must be dreaming!

Yesterday Elizabeth suggested I ride some either bareback or with no stirrups, to improve my leg strength,which at times is quite wobbly. So today, I bought a bareback pad at a tack close-out sale, and then I rode Dream with no saddle! He is very sweet and gentle, or I never would have done this.

We walked and trotted, and he is so calm and manageable. I can't imagine that he was racing about 7 weeks ago, and I've only had him 4 weeks. Now I'm riding him bareback! It is very amazing to see him putting on weight and seeming happier. I never would have believed he would be so gentle, and that we'd be progressing like this.

Elizabeth's Note: Nancy starting riding about a year and a half ago. It has always been her dream to own her own horse. She got a late start riding but is making up time quickly. Nancy is one of our more timid riders but you would never guess it watching her trotting bareback on her new OTTB!

Nancy is riding her OTTB bareback just seven weeks off-the-track.
Nancy is riding her OTTB bareback just seven weeks off-the-track.

March 17, 2007

Well I've been the proud owner of Dream for almost three weeks now. It remains very exciting to have my own OTTB, and keep him at Bits and Bytes, where I get so much support and help. We have come a long way,with definite issues as we go. The biggest issue has been getting Dream to walk with me from the barn to the ring. He would prefer to stay with his friends, and there might be a monster up there anyway. We (Elizabeth, Karen, and Friend Conny) tried a few strategies,and I now use a chain across his nose,attached to the lead line, like he had at the track.

Today he went well with that,using minimal pressure. He looks like he is putting on a bit of needed weight,and is a lot calmer - so am I. I was able to ride him for about 45 minutes today for a lesson with Karen, mostly walking, turning, bending, halting, and some trotting. It was very windy and he had been inside yesterday, due to rain - yet he was so calm that I didn't need to lunge him before riding.

I didn't know what to expect with a green, thin, weak in the rear, young horse. It's like a lot of things in life - 1 step forward, 2 steps backward, and then 3 forward. Anyway, this is a very amazing journey. And, Dream is enjoying it,too!

Nancy

Happiness is riding your own off-the-track Thoroughbred for the first time!
Happiness is riding your own off-the-track Thoroughbred for the first time! March 3, 2007

March 3, 2007

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Woodruff on the purchase of Dream Pusher. Nancy came to our farm to learn about becoming a "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm". At first she was intimidated by the size and beauty of our Thoroughbreds. She doubted her ability to ride an "off-the-track Thoroughbred". We convinced her that they were not difficult to ride and that, actually, they were easier than the school horses she had been doing lessons on because they are more sensitive.

First, Nancy rode Brewster - our biggest but quietest horse. Next she moved onto Pride of the Fox and took lessons with Karen Boysen on "Foxy". Soon she was riding Barbo, Era of Chanago and even our newest horse off-the-track Bounced!

There was no stopping Nancy now. She was addicted to our Thoroughbreds and she had to have one of her own! Friends of Bits & Bytes Farm hear about the newest Prospect Horses for Sale before they go up on our Web site. Nancy saw Dream Pusher and bought him before he even made it to the Web site! How long has Nancy been riding off-the-track Thoroughbreds now? - about eight weeks!

Here is Nancy's story in her words. . .

This has been one of the best weeks of my entire life. Actually, the past two months have been very amazing, as I came to know Elizabeth and Barry, other riders at Bits & Bytes Farm, and of course,the horses. These OTTBs are the most beautiful, smart,and responsive horses I've met. Mind you, for the past 1 1/2 years, I've taken lessons about three times a week, at about five different barns. I really didn't know if I'd be able to ride these guys, or even go in their stalls to check them for any minor injuries (every day when they are brought in from pasture they are checked). Well, we have made great strides. With the help of other "Friends", Karen Boysen who is giving me lessons, and mostly from Elizabeth and Barry, I'm now the proud owner of Dream Pusher. I got to ride him today, just FIVE days off the track! When you consider that I'm in my 50's and a bit nervous by nature, this is nothing short of a miracle, and what fun.

Thank you, for making my Dream come true!

- Nancy

Happiness is riding your own off-the-track Thoroughbred for the first time!
Happiness is riding your own off-the-track Thoroughbred for the first time! March 3, 2007

Dr. Nancy Woodruff of Marietta, GA rides Dream Pusher for the first time!

Dr. Nancy Woodruff of Marietta, GA rides Dream Pusher for the first time!

Dr. Nancy Woodruff of Marietta, GA rides Dream Pusher for the first time!

Elizabeth had the first ride on Dream Pusher. March 4, 2007
Elizabeth had the first ride on Dream Pusher. March 3, 2007

Dream Pusher is a 'dream" to ride.

February 28, 2007

"Dream Pusher " - SOLD! Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Woodruff of Marietta, GA

Dream Pusher arrives at Bits & Bytes Farm where he will be boarding.

Dream Pusher is an OTTB.

Dream Pusher

Dream Pusher is an OTTB.

Below is Dream Pusher's Prospect Horse for Sale photo. Click here to see Dream Pusher's Prospect Horse For Sale photos and story.

Click here to see Dream Pusher's Prospect Horse For Sale photos and story.


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