June 9, 2007
Sorry it has been a while since we updated you on Voted Off. I
wanted to be
able to send some pictures when I wrote, and my digital camera
has been out
of commission. I finally just bought a disposable. We have a ring
construction and I took some pics with my friend riding him in
Voted is doing well, and we absolutely adore him. He is such a
He is low man in the pasture, but when he sees you coming to the
runs to it so he can get some loving before the other horses come
up. I have
some adorable pics of my daughter feeding him outside his stall
are trapped on my digital camera. I'll send them later if I can.
He is very easy to ride and patient with everything. We bought
Palmer to ride, but I may start riding him more myself when Palmer
riding. My 14 year old paint and primary riding horse has had to
eye removed. We had been battling skin cancer growths on his eyelids
(squamous cell carcinoma) for over a year now, and finally a couple
ago, the eye had to come out. The vets say I definitely should
or jump him anymore, and that time will tell if he is still up
riding off the property and dressage shows. He is not a really
by nature, but I am hopeful he will adjust well.
I am also going to attach a picture of my two year old daughter,
think I may have a budding horsewoman here. The day I took
the pictures of
Voted, she picked up my hat after our ride and started using
it to ride her
horse. It's pretty cute.
Elena - future rider of off-the-track Thoroughbreds.
I hope things are
going well at Bits & Bytes. We really admire what you
guys are doing.
October 30, 2006
We are really grateful to Sissy for Voted. Please assure her he is doing well. We are doing well. We do have a few pictures of Palmer on Voted that are actually getting developed now.
We have been really preoccupied with getting the farm going and our new little one. He is six weeks old now. Lucas Ralph Hamilton was 8 lbs 11 oz when born. He is up to 11 lbs now, and finally, I am ready to start riding again. We have our barn underway, and the new pasture cleared and seeded. We will be fencing soon and making sure the barn gets in place asap. I wish it was already done with the weather already starting to get cold, but I think it will be another 4 – 6 weeks. After the fencing on the new pasture is done, we should finally be free to work less on the farm and ride more.
Palmer has not ridden Voted much, but he is still doing ok even with infrequent rides. We haven’t asked much out of him yet except trail riding. He does get nervous when ridden out alone. If he gets far from the pasture he calls out to the others constantly but no other bad behavior. It is just a baby thing he will work through.
He is incredibly easy-going for his age. I was brushing him while letting him graze on a lead this weekend. We were near a straw pile covered with a tarp that was flapping everywhere, but he never spooked. Also, I had left a brush I wanted in our garage. I walked him right inside the garage with me and back out. He didn’t even look at anything much. My 13 year old paint would have snorted and hesitated every step of the way.
I’ll send photos soon.
July 10, 2006
Palmer started riding Voted around the farm this weekend. He did really well out on the trails by himself for a four year old. They walked, trotted and cantered out on the trails and did fine. Palmer said he did refuse to cross a three foot wide dry creek bed (ditch) at one point. Palmer dismounted and led him across. The next time they came through there, Palmer asked him to jump it and he did. What a good boy!
Palmer took him over to the next farm, and Voted got a little nervous over there. They have a bull in a pasture abutting the trails. Voted started calling out for his buddies like he realized he was a little too far from home. Palmer didn't push him too much to keep going further; he was so impressed with how well he had done already!
I took some pictures. If any turn out well I will get them to you soon.
July 7, 2006
Sorry about the delay. We have been hectic around here. Palmer has been away on business trips a little more than usual lately so we don’t have much of an update yet. Voted is doing well, but mostly Palmer and I have played around with him on the ground. We have hand-walked him around the farm, but he has had it pretty easy. We will try to get you some good pictures this weekend.
He has been an easy-going, sweet natured boy. I was leading him around one side of the house back to the paddock the other day when the air conditioner cut on. He spooked, but didn’t have much room to move between me on one side and a small tree on the other. He started to move over towards me, but then really tried to respect my space and pretty much stayed right where he was. Not many 4 year old horses would have been so careful. He also did well with the fireworks show that the neighborhood bordering our farm set off every night this week. It was no big deal to him. I think he is going to work out great for us.
June 21, 2006
Voted is doing well. He is really sweet. Palmer really hasn’t had time to ride him yet as he has been traveling on business or working a lot including most of last weekend. He wanted to ride him Sunday before he left but time got away from him.
Voted was really lonely at first with our other two geldings still being boarded. He was pining away to join Lighthouse Lady, our other rescue. We staged it where they could get acquainted over the fence for close to a week and then finally turned them out together. It has gone really well. She will make an ugly face and chase him a few feet if he comes near her pile of hay in the paddock. Otherwise, everyone is getting along well and he is much happier. We even put the kids’ two minis that Lighthouse Lady is so fond of back in with them. I was worried she would be possessive of them, but it all works. One of the two little mini mares is actually becoming a bit of a buddy for Voted. He is really easy-going with them. I will have to send you pictures of the odd couple! We will have everyone split up a little better when our clearing/fencing project is done, and our two other boys come home. I really hope that is by October so I’ll have everyone close by to ride.
Thanks again for all your help.
June 12, 2006
Voted is all settled in. Thanks so much for the assistance and hospitality you folks gave Palmer.
Elizabeth took Voted Off for a test ride on his way home to North Carolina.
I think he is much prettier than his pictures. They made him look like he had a disproportionately small hindquarters for his body. He doesn’t look that way at all in person. He must have just been swung away from the camera slightly. He is really cute.
Voted Off's Prospect Horses for Sale photo.
Voted is doing well. We have him in a paddock next to our other horse. Other than staring at her wistfully, he seems pretty happy. We really like his personality so far. He has been pretty mellow and affectionate. Palmer can t wait to ride him. We will keep you posted over the next week.
Thanks again for all your help.
June 8, 2006
Voted Off and Palmer Hamilton with a friend.
Voted Off was purchased by Bobbie and Palmer Hamilton of Charlotte, NC to be a fox hunter for Palmer.
June 7, 2006
Voted Off came to Bits & Bytes Farm and his new owners asked Elizabeth to ride him and see what he could do. He was wonderful and very talented. Here is Elizabeth's notes to "Voted's" new owners:
I rode Voted Off. He is wonderful!!
Check out the photo of him jumping. He loves it and he is a natural!!!!!!
Elizabeth teaches Voted Off to jump!
I hope he won't load on Saturday. ;--O