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June 17th, 2019

How to Introduce Young Horses to X-Country Fences

Introducing Thoroughbreds, or any horse to x-country fences, the first time can be both exciting and scary for the horse. This training note walks you through a process that is methodical and well thought out to make the learning fun and not over stimulating — while building the confidence of both the horse and the riders.

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June 19th, 2012

Does Anyone Have an Extension Ladder?

Saint Lawrence is growing like a weed. He turned two on May 5th and he is already over 16.3 hands! How will we ever get on this monster? See Elizabeth’s solution.

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February 10th, 2012

Week Two – Training an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred

OTTB Young Joe learning to trot over poles on the ground

Young Joe has been away from racing just two weeks. His new mom, Mary Catherine, has been riding him and teaching him the basics of being a sport horse as opposed to being a race horse. Since leaving the race track Joe has learned to cross tie, stand while being mounted, stand quietly while being ridden, walk, trot and canter without getting quick.

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October 12th, 2011

Putting Weight on Thoroughbred Horses

Are you having difficulty putting weight on your Thoroughbred horse? This is the most frequent e-mail question we receive. So to answer the most common question . . .

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March 10th, 2011

Running Tall’s Training Begins

running-tall_20110308_068So many people wonder how hard is it to take a horse right off-the-track and begin training? Read our updated Training Thoroughbreds page to see how we get started. There are lots of great stories about the horses we have trained. We have just added one more page to the Training Thoroughbreds menu. . . Running Tall – The Training Begins. We have photos and videos of this gorgeous horse. Follow along as we begin his training. We also have Reign Day, Imatexan, Spot Run and With Wings training information. If you think you want to get a horse off-the-track, read our training pages and see if you are up to the task. Then call us and we will help match you to a wonderful Thoroughbred. Be sure to watch our training videos on the BitsandBytesFarm YouTube Channel. You can help spread the word about this wonderful breed by clicking the Like button at the bottom of any page or post to share our stories with your Facebook friends.

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February 3rd, 2011

Imatexan’s Training Continues

imatexan_20110202_016 We have two more days of training notes for Imatexan posted under our Training Thoroughbreds menu above. Both Imatexan and Spot Run are doing extremely well with their training. Tomorrow we will be posting the diary that Katelyn has been keeping about what she is learning while training Spot Run. Go to Imatexan Begins Her Training to start reading about retraining a horse directly from the race track. Then continue on to Imatexan’s First Week in Training to see photos and videos of yesterday’s and today’s training sessions.

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