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Former Prospect Horse for Sale Fizzicus aka "Fizzi" meets his new mom Amanda Curtis. November 18, 2006

Former Prospect Horse for Sale Fizzicus aka "Fizzi" meets his new mom Amanda Curtis. - November 18, 2006

Click here to see a video of Fizzicus created by his dad David.

 

 

OTTB - Fizzicus and Amanda Curtis have moved to Aiken, SC. July 2007

Fizzicus and Amanda Curtis have moved to Aiken, SC. July 2007

 

OTTB - Fizzicus and Amanda Curtis have moved to Aiken, SC. July 2007

"Fizzi has tended toward the lazy side. Sometimes it is a challenge to keep him moving forward! He does love to jump, though. I love that I can trot and canter him over fences without him getting quick or strong." - Amanda

Fizzicus and his mom finally getting to enjoy each other.

Fizzicus and his mom finally getting to enjoy each other. Amanda's riding was cut short by surgeries in both November and January. February 24, 2007

 

 

OTTB - Fizzicus learns to lunge with Elizabeth - November 25, 2006

Fizzicus learns to lunge - November 25, 2006

 

 

Fizzicus is an OTTB.

Fizzicus aka "Fizzi" enjoys the green grass at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 14, 2006

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Fizzicus aka "Fizzi"

April 20, 2008

Fizzicus and Amanda take a walk in the woods. April 2008

Hi Elizabeth,

Well, the picture I attached pretty much sums up what Fizzi and I are doing these days...hand walking the trails in the woods behind the barn! Just this past week, I started feeling strong enough to take him out for our walks in the woods. He was a little goofy about it at first, but I think he actually looks forward to it now. Every day we are able to go farther than the day before...good exercise for both of us! I think I'm about ready to get back on and ride again (light riding, for now).

I hope all is well in Canton! Oh, by the way, I was in Kennesaw two weeks ago, getting my hair done for a wedding that I was in as a bridesmaid. The stylist (a lady I had never met before) and I started talking about horses. She told me that one of her clients had just finished vet school and purchased a thoroughbred. I immediately thought of Erica Chase from the B&B farm website. Yep, that was her! Small world! The stylist was just amazed that I made the connection.

Take care,
Amanda Curtis

Elizabeth's Notes: Bits & Bytes Farm family has spread across the country. Buyers of our horses enjoy reading the Success Stories of other horses that we have found good homes for. Barbo is the horse that Erica Chase recently purchased from Bits & Bytes Farm.

 

July 31, 2007

OTTB - Fizzicus and Amanda Curtis have moved to Aiken, SC. July 2007

Hi, Elizabeth and Barry!

We were FINALLY able to get our internet service up and running, so I am now able to send an update on Fizzi (AKA Fizzicus)!!

We moved to Aiken, SC just over a month ago. Fizzi is at a very laid-back, quiet barn south of Aiken and about 10 minutes from our house. He is turned out by himself in a big paddock. I think he misses being out with other horses, but he's pretty bossy and there's not really a good match for him at the barn right now. I've been enjoying access to a large, fenced arena, a full size dressage arena, a round pen, and lots of trails. Unfortunately, there are no jumps or poles at the barn, so we haven't been able to work over fences at all since we moved. I have given my dad a project....building jumps for his "grandchild"!! Hopefully, I'll have some
very soon.OTTB - Fizzicus and Amanda Curtis have moved to Aiken, SC. July 2007

Fizzi has been very quiet since the move. He's less stressed when I ride him, because the arena is very quiet and not sitting right on a busy road. We've done some work in the round pen. He didn't understand it at all at first, but quickly got the hang of it. Most of all, I've enjoyed riding him up and down the wide, sandy road that runs to the back of the property.

We've done lots of trot and canter sets, and he really seems to enjoy that. He did flat out run away with me once last week. I think he thought we were headed back to the barn. I've been very careful both before and since then to never let him take charge when we're headed for home.

If anything, Fizzi has tended toward the lazy side. Sometimes it is a challenge to keep him moving forward! He does love to jump, though. I love that I can trot and canter him over fences without him getting quick or strong. I'm really hoping that once our house in Lawrenceville sells I'll be able to start taking regular lessons and get him out to some shows.

I've attached some pictures from a ride last weekend. Marble, the barn dog, loves to accompany us on the trails.

Come and visit us anytime you are over this way!

Amanda

OTTB - Fizzicus and Amanda Curtis have moved to Aiken, SC. July 2007

May 12, 2007

Hi, Elizabeth and Barry!

My friend, Julie, and I took our horses for their first trail ride today. We went to the new Little Mulberry Park in Gwinnett County. We weren't sure what to expect, but our horses were great! Fizzi's balance up and down hills has improved tremendously in the past month, and he certainly had a chance to practice his skills today. Fizzi and Trendy really seemed to enjoy themselves...we can't wait to go back again!

Have a great weekend!
Amanda

P.S. The day ended on a good note when Fizzi actually loaded himself onto
the trailer for the ride home!!

April 22, 2007

Hi, Elizabeth!

David went with me to the barn this weekend and took a few pictures of Fizzi jumping. This was only about the third time I had asked him to jump anything. He did well! He doesn't really see the point of actually jumping these small fences. He just wants to trot over them most of the time, but when he does decide to pick his feet up, he's a lot of fun! I'm so out of practice myself at jumping - we'll just have to improve together.

Amanda is retraining her off-the-track Thorougbred to jump. April 22, 2007

I enjoyed your Training Notes on Bending. Some days are better than others, but Fizzi is slowly learning that he CAN bend to the right consistently. It can be frustrating, because he bends correctly at one end of the arena and counterbends at the other. We'll keep working on it!

Give all the horses kisses and hugs for me (especially Bounced, says David!).

Amanda

Retraining OTTB Fizzicus to jump. April 22, 2007

April 5, 2007

Fizzicus and Amanda finally enjoying being together!

Hello!

Fizzi jumped his first little fences today - some crossrails and a small
vertical! He was such a good boy! Unfortunately, David left the camera at
home, so we didn't get any pictures. Next time! I'm having so much fun
with Fizzi. It amazes me just how much he learns and remembers from one
ride to the next. He has quickly moved up to the alpha position in his
pasture, and we've had to have several reminders that he is NOT alpha over
me. But other than that, he has been great!

I hope you have a Happy Easter!

Amanda

March 18, 2007

Elizabeth and Barry,

I had to write and tell you about the fun Fizzi and I had yesterday! You may remember my friend, Julie Moore. She came out to Bits and Bytes with me once for a visit. Well, she was taking her OTTB mare, Southern Trend, to the Athens area for a lesson with our event trainer. I decided to go for a lesson myself and to take Fizzi along just for the experience. She stopped by to pick us up, and though it took a while, Fizzi did load onto the trailer without incident.

Fizzicus and Amanda are enjoying their lessons. March 2007
Fizzicus and Amanda are enjoying their lessons. March 2007

I was going to decide whether to borrow a horse or ride Fizzi in the lesson once we got there and saw how he was handling the situation. He couldn't have been quieter! I was so impressed all day long by how he took everything in stride. I lunged him for a few mintues before getting on. He was very quiet and cooperative throughout the entire lesson. The wind was terrible, but he didn't seem to mind. Afterward, Julie and I decided to cool the horses out by walking the galloping lane that surrounds the property. Fizzi quietly followed Trendy for the first half of the walk. Then he decided to take the lead. He wasn't bothered by barking dogs, moving tractors, swooping birds, or anything else!

I couldn't wait to get home and tell David how great our boy was! My trainer really liked Fizzi. One of her first comments was that he looks like he could "jump the moon". She also thought he was a really nice mover and a great fit for me. Based on my experience so far with Fizzi, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another off-the-track thoroughbred through Bits and Bytes Farm. Feel free to give my contact information to any potential buyers who have questions or need references!

Hope to come for a visit soon!!
Amanda

Click here to see a video of Fizzicus created by his dad David.

March 12, 2007

Hi, Elizabeth!

I am having so much fun with Fizzi!!

I lunged him several times last week. On Friday evening, as it was getting dark, I decided to get on him for the first time at the new barn. The arena is right beside a busy road, so I was a little nervous about whether the constant stream of cars and headlights would bother him. To my delight, he was completely focused on his work and never even offered to spook or look at anything. It was too dark to get pictures.

Yesterday, I rode him again and he was great! David took some pictures for me. Both he and the barn owner commented about how Fizzi just "floats" at the trot. I dropped all of the vertical jumps down to just ground poles and we trotted several "courses". Fizzi seemed to enjoy having something fun to think about. After our ride, I hosed him off and turned him out in the pasture. As you can see from the picture, he immediately checked on one of his mares and then dropped down for a good roll in the dirt. He seems quite happy with his life away from the track.

I can't thank you enough for helping me find Fizzi!

Amanda

March 3, 2007

Hi, Elizabeth and Barry!

Well, it took almost 4 months, but Fizzi finally made it home to Lawrenceville!! He was quite upset about the trailer ride (Elizabeth, thanks for all your help loading him). When I opened the door, he was soaking wet and shaking. But he backed off the trailer calmly and walked nicely with me across the barnyard and into his stall. After a roll in the shavings, he drank some water and munched on his hay.

Fizzicus is enjoying his new home. March 3, 2007
Fizzicus is enjoying his new home. March 3, 2007

Within 10-15 minutes, he had settled in and was interested in the Tennessee Walking Horse mare next door. He'll spend the next few days in the paddock next to the pasture where he will eventually be turned out with the other horses.

David and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent at Bits & Bytes Farm, and we are looking forward to visiting the farm and joining you guys on outings very soon!

Amanda

Fizzicus and Amanda finally get to enjoy each other. February 24, 2007

February 24, 2007

Hi, Elizabeth and Barry!

It was good to see you both earlier today. I had a great time working with Fizzi. My stamina is still not too good after the surgery, so I didn't get to ride as long as I would have liked. Fizzi was a good boy, though, and I know that we are going to have a lot of fun together! I've attached a few pictures from our visit.

Fizzicus and his mom get to know each other.

See you soon!
Amanda

Fizzicus and his dad David Curtis. February 24, 2007
Fizzicus and his dad David Curtis. February 24, 2007

February 11, 2007

Amanda Curtis and her OTTB Fizzicus.

Amanda Curtis finally got a chance to ride and enjoy her special boy. Just after she purchased "Fizzi", Amnada ended up having emergency surgery. She has finally recovered enough that her doctors are letting her ride. We are happy to report that Amanda enjoyed her Sunday afternoon ride on Fizzicus.

Amanda Curtis and her OTTB Fizzicus.

December 7, 2006 - Fizzicus learns about side reins with a bit.

Fizzicus learns about side reins with a bit. - December 7, 2006
Fizzicus will now accept a bit with side reins. He has learned to give to the pressure and lower his head. At first, he was confused but he quickly caught on!

Fizzicus learns about side reins with a bit. - December 7, 2006

Fizzicus learns about side reins with a bit. - December 7, 2006

 

Fizzicus learns about side reins with a bit. - December 7, 2006

November 25, 2006 - Fizzicus learns to work on the lunge line

Training OTTB's - Fizzicus learns to lunge with Elizabeth - November 25, 2006
Fizzicus learns to lunge with Elizabeth - November 25, 2006

OTTB Fizzicus learns about side reins but without a bit for the first time.- November 25, 2006
OTTB Fizzicus learns about side reins but without a bit for the first time.- November 25, 2006

Training OTTB's - The lunge line in now run through the surcingle to act like a rein.
The lunge line in now run through the surcingle to act like a rein. Fizzicus learned to give to the pressure very quickly and settled right down to work. - November 25, 2006

November 18, 2006 - Fizzicus meets his new mom and goes for a ride

Fizzicus meet his mom for the first time. It is love at first sight. November 18, 2006
Fizzicus meet his mom for the first time. It is love at first sight! - November 18, 2006

Elizabeth gives Fizzicus a test drive. November 18, 2006
Elizabeth gives Fizzicus a test drive. November 18, 2006

Fizzicusis a lovely mover and very comfortable to ride. November 18, 2006
Fizzicus is has a very light mouth. November 18, 2006

Fizzicusis a lovely mover and very comfortable to ride. November 18, 2006
Fizzicus is a lovely mover and very comfortable to ride. November 18, 2006

November 14, 2006 - Fizzicus enjoys some green grass.

Fizzicus enjoys some green grass.

November 13, 2006 - Fizzicus is enjoying his stay at Bits & Bytes Farm

Fizzicus' coat matches the beautiful fall colors.
Fizzicus' coat matches the beautiful fall colors.

Fizzicus makes new friends with Political Pull and Finder's Chance.
Fizzicus makes new friends with Political Pull and Finder's Chance.

Fizzicus' coat matches the beautiful fall colors.
Fizzicus' coat matches the beautiful fall colors.

Fizzicus at the track on October 20, 2006
Fizzicus Prospect Horses for Sale photo at the track taken on October 20, 2006

November 10, 2006

Fizzicus was originally listed on our Prospect Horses for Sale page before being quickly purchased by Amanda and David Curtis of Lawrenceville, GA. He arrived at Bits & Bytes Farm early in the morning of November 10, 2006 and will be boarding with us for a week or so. The photos below are of Fizzicus' first turn out after getting off-the-track. You can see his joy in being able to be a horse again - free to kick up your heels and roll in the mud!

Fizzicus is boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm in Canton, GA.
Fizzicus is boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm in Canton, GA.

Fizzicus is boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm in Canton, GA.
Fizzicus was purchased by Amanda and David Curtis of Lawrenceville, GA.

Fizzicus is boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm in Canton, GA.
Fizzicus is boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm in Canton, GA.

OTTB Fizzicus is boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm in Canton, GA.
OTTB Fizzicus enjoyed his first turn out at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 10, 2006

OTTB Fizzicus enjoyed his first turn out at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 10, 2006
Fizzicus enjoyed his first turn out at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 10, 2006

 


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