Our training notes often show schooling at the farm but may also
include cross country schoolings and trail rides away from the
farm. Go back through our notes to see how we train our off-the-track
Thoroughbreds and prepare them for new careers as sport horses.
The Bay-bies Go Trail Riding in the North Georgia Mountains
The training of our off the track thoroughbreds doesn't include
just work in the
arena and around the farm. Fall is the perfect time to load up as many horses
possible and head for the trails of North Georgia. This past weekend was
designated as BAYby day. Of course, you wouldn't have known it if you had seen
us on the trails.
Our usual haunt, Dawson Forest, was closed to riding this weekend,
but another couple suggested we try a short ride on the trails
at the Bull Mountain/Jake Mountain complex. The horses loaded in
record time and we were off. So, who did we take?
Barbo and Lise - October 15, 2005
Lise Matte chose to take Barbo,
the honorary gray for the day in the group of bays (say that three
times fast). He was co-leader of the pack, brave and bold in the
unfamiliar territory. He was whispering to Lise afterward that
he had a lot of fun and wants to go again.
Barbo and Lise Matte followed by Barry on
Knight Villain and Elizabeth on Aly's Charmer with Randy and Colleen
Zaic in the rear.- October 15, 2005
Snowdance Kid and Marie - October 15, 2005
Marie van Roekel chose Snowdance
Kid to be her BAYby for the day.
"Kid" who is just four, served as the other co-leader
keeping a watchful eye out for any changes in terrain as Marie
turned around in the saddle to take pictures of the group.
Knight Villain and Barry - October 15, 2005
Next in the group was Knight
Villain with Barry up. Knight was
happy to follow the others while Barry chatted with Elizabeth
and friends from fox hunting - Randy and Colleen Zaic.
Aly's Charmer and Knight Villain are both
OTTBs who have new careers as sport horses. Who's zoomin' who?
Elizabeth shoots a photo of Marie as Marie shoots a photo of Aly's
Charmer and Elizabeth.
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Aly's Charmer and Knight Villain are both OTTBs who like trail
The superstar of the day was Aly's
Charmer, the true baby of the
BAYby group at only three years old. Nothing spooked
him, not even the mountain bikers who zipped by him when Elizabeth
took "Aly" off alone to explore a side trail! Everyone commented
on how he handled the trails like an old pro.
Knight Villain and Aly's Charmer on "Aly's"
first trail ride. - October 15, 2005
Snowdance Kid, Barbo and Knight Villain
as seen from the "Aly
Cam". - Ocotober 15, 2005
What trail ride is complete without food? We found a local church
having a chicken BBQ and we just had to stop. With full stomachs,
we headed for home, another training experience successfully completed
for the BAY-bies and a gray too!