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SOLD! Congratulations Loui Padgett of Canton, Georgia  - July 23, 2007

SOLD! Congratulations Loui Padgett of Canton, Georgia on the purchase of K O River Crossing - July 23, 2007

Former race horse, K O River Crossing and his mom Loui Padgett - one year together! July 22, 2008

Former race horse, K O River Crossing and his mom Loui Padgett - one year together! Happy Anniversary! - July 22, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K O River Crossing and Louie win another ribbon - this time PINK! March 1, 2008

K O River Crossing and Louie win another ribbon - this time PINK! March 1, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

OTTB - K O River Crossing has graduated to lead line pony for our young visitor Maddie from Michegan.

K O River Crossing has graduated to lead line pony for our young visitor Maddie from Michigan. February 16, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K O River Crossing is decked out in antlers!

K O River Crossing is decked out in antlers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K O River Crossing learning to walk over poles on the ground during our Sunday afternoon training session.

K O River Crossing learning to walk over poles on the ground during our Sunday afternoon training session. December 9, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loui Padgett gets to ride "River" for the first time. July 30, 2007

Loui Padgett gets to ride "River" for the first time. July 30, 2007

Loui Padgett gets to ride "River" for the first time. July 30, 2007

 

Loui Padgett gets to ride "River" for the first time. July 30, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTTB - K O River Crossing will be boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm. July 23, 2007

K O River Crossing will be boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm. July 23, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K O River Crossing has made it off-the-track and he is starting a new career as a sport horse. July 23, 2007

K O River Crossing has made it off-the-track and he is starting a new career as a sport horse. July 23, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K O River Crossing was a Prospect Horse For Sale in July 2007

K O River Crossing was a Prospect Horse For Sale in July 2007. Click to see "River's" Prospect Horse For Sale photos. Click here to see his pedigree.

 

 

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K O River Crossing - a Former Prospect Horse For Sale

OTTB - K O River Crossing celebrates his one year anniversary of becoming a sport horse. July 22, 2008
One year after finishing his racing career, Thoroughbred K O River Crossing is enjoying his new career as a family sport horse. July 22, 2008

July 22, 2008 - Happy Anniversary! One Year Together!

E & B

I have been meaning to send an update on River and today seem to be an appropriate one. One year ago today I became River's Mom, with him arriving at Bits & Bytes directly from his racing career. It has been an interesting and educating year to say the least. Having bought my "Guy" sight unseen, he is an incredibly beautiful animal with so much personality. He is as demanding and opinionated as his Mom.

Thank you both for all the help and direction you have given in his transition from the track. I also thank you for taking my ten year old daughter, Kristen, under your wing and giving her so much direction as well as having her spend sleep over time while attending a nearby horse camp. She loves her time at Bit & Bytes Farm and has enjoyed riding my OTTB on a regular basis.

Loui & Kristen

Elizabeth's Note: We have had the pleasure of watching Loui and K O River Crossing learn and grow together. Please take the time to look at the photos below and see all that they accomplished together in just one short year. They have had fun "decorating" for Christmas and they have been on a hunter pace - both Loui and "River" are learning to jump. Loui had not ridden for many years before purchasing K O River Crossing as a Prospect Horse For Sale - sight unseen. We first met Loui when she decided that K O River Crossing was to be her "Guy". We are blessed that they board here at our farm and have become good friends. Even Loui's daughter Kristen is now starting to ride "River". Loui, Kristen and "River" are an important part of Bits & Bytes Farm. How did we ever get by before Louie's muffins! ;--)

Kristen and her friend clean out feed buckets at Bits & Bytes Farm. July 12, 2008
Everyone has fun helping with the chores at Bits & Bytes Farm! Kristen and her friend
Ashlyn are cleaning out the horses' feed buckets. Photo by Jay Baotwright of Smaxtart.

March 1, 2008 - "River" first "Field trip" to the Hunter Pace

K O River Crossing and Louie win another ribbon - this time PINK! March 1, 2008

Dear Elizabeth and Barry,

Thank you for the opportunity to take my "Muddy River" on the Hunter Pace. What a fabulous day! I had a great time riding with you, Andi, Missy, Stephanie, and the many friends you knew attending the event.

Not only was this my first time to participate in a Hunter Pace, it was also a first for K O River Crossing. With this being his first time away from the barn since he arrived from the race track, he was definitely a little worried. I did not know what to expect, but was confident that if River and I were a little overwhelmed as a team, you had a plan.

With the excitement of other riders passing through and all the unexpected, as well as the long open fields, I did get nervous with my "guy", which added to his concerns and mine. At some point I realized I was going to be working too hard to enjoy the ride on River. Thanks to Stephanie for offering to ride him, which put me on a Bit & Bytes Farm horse, Era of Chanago.

Having only ridden Chanago once in the arena, this was also a new experience. He was awesome and such a different ride from River. He was a great horse to have at this event (especially since he has been there before). In hindsight, I wish I had taken the opportunity to get some jumping experience on him prior, since he does love to jump and could have handled anything on the course. I knew he was comfortable with the environment and all the other horses, which helped me relax and allowed me to enjoy the beautiful scenery of hills, trails and the view s along the river.

After we exchanged horses and I had a moment to get used to my new ride, I must say, it was a pleasure just to watch Stephanie on River. He is moves so beautifully and she is an incredible rider. It was a thrill to watch them gallop across the open fields. Just knowing he was mine and we had many more opportunities to do this together made my day!

Thanks for all the planning you both put into making this a great experience for all of us.

Loui

K O River Crossing and Loui Padgett at their first hunter pace. March 1, 2008

February 17, 2008

K O River Crossing is a former race horse. Photo copyrights Dennis Eyrich.
K O River Crossing is a former race horse who is now learning dressage and jumping with his mom Loui Padgett. Photo copyrights Dennis Eyrich. February 16, 2008

Dear Elizabeth & Barry,

It is hard to believe that River and I have had our six month anniversary and he will soon have his seventh birthday (St. Patrick's Day). It is also hard to believe that I PROUDLY bought a Thoroughbred, which was never my intent (over the internet, with great trust and respect in the two of you), but I will say buying him was the best thing I have ever done for myself and I did get a great horse for me.

I cannot tell you what a great feeling it is to walk out to the pasture and call his name and have him come running with his head high and tail in the air, talking to me all the way. Andi was riding in the arena one afternoon and watched River run across the pasture to me and commented on how cool it was to see that connection. (Isn't this our childhood fantasy and my is coming true way beyond that time.) My reply was "Just think of how great it was to be at the gate receiving that big, beautiful animal running for your attention and how much I enjoyed showering him with peppermints and love.

I think back to when I became River's Mom and add all the things I have learned about OTTBS and working with them. I have friends who have horses question me regarding buying a thoroughbred and how crazy they are and I must say my "Guy" is just the best. Not only have I found him to be very gentle and relaxed in the last few months, my nine year old daughter has been on him as well as an eight year old visitor this past weekend. He was so relaxed and careful with both of them.

What I really have enjoyed is that I have a horse who comes to me very disciplined and trained in all the basics. He lunges easily in both directions at a walk, trot and canter. He also responds well all commands as well when being ridden.

I am looking forward to the potential to take him on the March 1st Hunter Pace. (A first for both of us!) This should be a fun day for us!

Thanks for caring about all the horses, those you know and the ones you just want to find a home for!

Loui

K O River Crossing is an off-the-track Thoroughbred who has a new job as a sport horse.
February 16, 2008

December 22, 2007

OTTB - K O River Crossing is decked out in antlers!

Dear Elizabeth and Barry,

This is long past due.

Not long after River arrived at Bits & Bytes, breaking my ankle in Karate was the last thing I expected to have happen. Surgery with a plate, five screws and crutches for two months was not at the top of my list either. After having River for such a short period of time, it was tough not being able to ride or do more than feed him peppermints.

K O River Crossing learns about jumps with flowers. Noveber 11, 2007
K O River Crossing learns about jumps with flowers. November 11, 2007

I cannot tell you what a relief it was knowing he was in such good hands as yours. It made me feel good to know you treat him as your own. I also appreciate my friend Brittney for coming out and getting her horse fix on River. It was great to watch him in motion. What a beautiful sight.

Brittney Smith on K O River Crossing. August 25, 2007
Brittney Smith on K O River Crossing. August 25, 2007

Bounced and Brittney Smith. November 11, 2007
Brittney Smith started riding Bounced after River's mom was better. November 11, 2007

Once I was able to walk out to the pasture and bring him in, I have made it a priority come out and ride, bring in horses, feed, or anything I can do to help. I must say, in light of my work schedule and family commitments, I am excited to have spent more days there than not. River has been awesome and the group lessons . . . I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed them. Jumping on Foxy the first time and then River for the next two. Wow!

Loui on Pride of the Fox. November 4, 2007
Loui learning to jump on Pride of the Fox. November 4, 2007

I also thank you for taking my nine year old daughter, Kristen under your wing and putting her to work for riding lessons. She has really enjoyed getting to know Barbo (feeding him peppermints) and the time you have spent with her. It has been a great learning experience in patience, discipline and dealing with these beautiful animals.

Barbo & Kristen.

I am so fortunate to be in a position to have my "Muddy River" and I am thankful for all the friends Kristen and I have made at Bits & Bytes. It has been such a great experience for both of us. I love her Christmas pictures on Barbo! Thanks for putting her on the web page with her letter. She loved it!

Merry Christmas!
Loui

K O River Crossing and Loui Padgett. December 13, 2007

December 10, 2007

Yesterday was great. I really enjoyed the lesson with River. I have also enjoyed the time I have been taking to come out and ride. My guy is awesome!

Thanks for everything,
Loui

Ex-race horse - K O River Crossing is learning to jump - and so is his mom!
Ex-race horse - K O River Crossing is learning to jump - and so is his mom! December 9, 2007


August 2, 2007

Loui Padgett and K O River Crossing -  August 2, 2007
K O River Crossing and Loui Padgett riding with no stirrups. August 2, 2007.

Hi Elizabeth,

I want to thank you for your patience, time and direction in helping me find "River". After so many years away from these great animals, I realized a few months ago there would once again be a horse in my future. I never thought it would be a big, beautiful Thoroughbred., such as "River".

Once my quest began, I knew I needed someplace to board that would fit my needs. After weeks of looking at horses and searching for a stable (with no luck there), I ran across your website. I probably went by your site two or three times and then logged on and still thought, “What would I do with a thoroughbred from the race track?” Upon speaking with you and spending time at your barn and seeing your facility, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Then when I saw "River" on the Prospect List, I just kept coming back to his information and his photos and information. Everything just felt right for me.

SOLD! Congratulations Loui Padgett of Canton, Georgia  - July 23, 2007
SOLD! Congratulations Loui Padgett of Canton, Georgia - July 23, 2007

On Sunday, July 22, when I saw him with his big red bow on, I can’t tell you how excited I was. After spending the next week just getting to know "River" and his surroundings, I knew I had made the right choice. Spending the next week getting to know him and seeing him settle into his surroundings was a pleasure. He has been so calm and easy to work with. I am amazed at the number of times there was chaos around him and he just moved on as if it were nothing.

Elizabeth had the pleasure of the first ride on "River". July 30, 2007
Elizabeth had the pleasure of the first ride on "River". July 30, 2007

On Monday, July 30th, watching you ride him was spectacular. He moved so beautifully and handled so well. Then my moment arrived. It felt so good getting on him and taking him around the arena. I was back in the saddle again and loving it!

Elizabeth had the pleasure of the first ride on "River". July 30, 2007
Elizabeth had the pleasure of the first ride on "River". July 30, 2007

I looked forward to seeing him the next day and took him out once again. We began with some time on the lunge line, which he did great. We then spent time riding around the arena getting to know each other and becoming more familiar with our surroundings.

Loui Padgett gets to ride "River" for the first time. July 30, 2007
Loui Padgett gets to ride "River" for the first time. July 30, 2007

On Wednesday, August 1st, I was beginning to get more comfortable with "River" and he was relaxing with his new home. We spent about 90 minutes riding at a walk/trot (me without stirrups most of the time to get settled in with him). It was great!

Loui Padgett gets to ride "River" for the first time. July 30, 2007

Thursday, August 2nd. Wow! What fun. I was so looking forward to seeing "River" and riding. It was no let down. He took his big, beautiful self out and we walked, trotted and cantered while another horse was jumping in the arena. He took it all in stride!

"River's" second ride. July 31, 2007
"River's" second ride. July 31, 2007

I am looking forward to getting to know "River" even more and learning and growing with him. I will keep you posted on my thoughts as we progress.

"River's" second ride. July 31, 2007

Thanks for everything you have done to help in this process. You have created a wonderful environment for horse lovers who want to enjoy their passion in whatever way it works for them.

Loui

July 23, 2007 - K O River Crossing arrives at Bits & Bytes Farm

SOLD! Congratulations Loui Padgett of Canton, Georgia  - July 23, 2007
SOLD! Congratulations Loui Padgett of Canton, Georgia - July 23, 2007

K O River Crossing arrives at Bits & Bytes Farm. July 23, 2007

K O River Crossing will be boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm.

K O River Crossing arrives at Bits & Bytes Farm. July 23, 2007

FREEDOM!

K O River Crossing arrives at Bits & Bytes Farm. July 23, 2007

SOLD! Congratulations Loui Padgett of Canton, Georgia - July 2007

K O River Crossing

"River" is a 16+ hand, dark bay, six year old, gelding. He is currently in race training. He has extremely good confirmation and he a wonderful personality. See K O River Crossing's Prospect Horse For Sale photos.

Click here to see his pedigree.

K O River Crossing was a Prospect Horse For Sale in July 2007


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