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TRAINING NOTES from Elizabeth
Ashley and dad Randy do a double take at the Cadillac driving through the
Fort Mason and Lise with Tiger and Norma enjoy the water.
Lucky loves the water and crossed the river quietly with no hesitation.
Big Money AND the camera were fine!
June is quick to pick up what the riders knocked down. We couldn't have
the jumping lessons without her. Thanks June, for all you do.
Captain Arias is back home at Bits & Bytes Farm.
training notes from
elizabeth - march 29, 2004
This is the page where Elizabeth and Barry will share training tips
and give updates on the horses currently in training at the farm.
Sunday's Training Session - Water Crossings!
Each Sunday the boarders and the "Friends of Bits & Bytes
Farm" do a group training lesson. We grab every horse and rider
at the farm and work on our grids and jumping with Elizabeth as instructor
and June as jump crew. This week we took a break on jumping to work
on water obstacles. Who knew that one of those obstacles would be
It is hard to escape Atlanta traffic even while
Two weeks ago Sir Cahill learned to gallop through water on
our trail ride. That weekend he crossed a very large stream
and then walked up the stream to cross over to the other side.
Cahill has still not been too sure about that wet stuff so
his training continued this weekend when we plunged him into
the deep water of the Etowah River. Cahill willingly jumped
into the water much to the surprise of Barry and Marie (on Darcy).
He crowded Darcy as they crossed to the other side while Paula
(on Joe Bear) and Gertjan (on Big Money) waited their turn to
Notice Barry whipping Marie to hurry
Big Money really took the plunge when he slipped on a submerged
tree and fell down in the water. Gertjan is still smiling! Wait
till he realizes his new digital camera is on the front of the
Sir Cahill, Fort Mason and Tiger - tripod
services by Lucky.
Ten "Friends of Bits & Bytes Farm"
enjoyed the beautiful Spring day at Dawson Forest in North Georiga.
Lucky was once again put into service as our tripod for the outing.
He was so calm watching everyone getting wet. When it was his turn
to go through the river he did so quietly while Elizabeth turned to
shoot photos of the riders entering the river behind him.
Lucky is one of Elizabeth's favorites. Watch out. He could end up
on the "Special Reserve" page!
Bailey wants to be an event horse! Bailey is fearless. He is loving
jumping cross-country fences. Bailey is not afraid of deer. One evening
this week he was jumping a line of fences in the woods with deer running
alongside. Neither he or Captain were worried about the competition
from the deer.
Baileysontherocks and Rachael from our Sunday
group training session.
Captain Arias has been schooling our small cross-country fences and
chasing deer at the same time. He was not spooked at all by his jumping
companions. Captain is available for showing at our farm. Please call
to schedule an appointment.
Lise and Captain Arias
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