Queen's Rowdy Lad - SOLD! "Rowdy" is HOME
Congratulations to Mamie Kerr of Roswell, GA!
August 25, 2007
Queen's Rowdy Lad has put on some weight
in the few short weeks since returning to Bits & Bytes Farm.
The photo above was taken on August 25, 2007. "Rowdy" home
to Bits & Bytes
Farm and got on our feeding program.
The photo below is of Queen's Rowdy Lad on July 3, 2007. Read
about our feeding program to learn
how to put weight on Thoroughbreds.
OTTB - Queen's Rowdy Lad needed a new home.
He was sun bleached and thin from being pasture boarded.
Queen's Rowdy Lad and Mamie Kerr - August
August 19, 2007 - Rowdy goes Trail Riding
Mamie and Queen's
Rowdy Lad get by with a little help from their friends, Tammy
Villain. August 19, 2007
August 14, 2007
Rowdy's been with me a month now and I can't believe the positive
changes in him! He's gained so much weight and his coat has darkened
so much that other boarders at the barn do a double-take when they
walk past him; they just can't believe how terrific he looks.
Rowdy and another boarder at the barn, KO River Crossing, AKA
River, who came to the farm off-the-track a week after Rowdy arrived,
have become paddock buddies. River is a lovely, sweet-natured 6-year
old, and the two of them wait at the gate for one another at turn
Last night, both River and Rowdy went into a new paddock for them,
larger than their last paddock, and we stood watching them to make
sure they would make the adjustment smoothly. Excited to be in
a new place and in the paddock alongside Irish Morning Mist, both
Rowdy and River were galloping down the fence line, enjoying life.
That's when it dawned on us - Rowdy was in the LEAD! My boy was
galloping with some real speed, out in front, just for the sheer
joy of it!
Both Rowdy and River were having an absolute blast and I stood
there and watched, grinning like the village idiot, until Rowdy
came to a stop and started to graze. Isn't it marvelous and funny
how the some of the smallest things make you swell with pride and
August 5, 2007
Queen's Rowdy Lad continues to put on weight
and muscle with the exercise he is getting giving rides to his
mom, Mamie Kerr. - August 5, 2007
August 1, 2007
Mamie Kerr and her horse Queen's Rowdy Lad. August
Mamie Kerr and her horse Queen's
Rowdy Lad. August 1, 2007
July 25, 2007 -
Rowdy poses at the Bits & Bytes Farm banner just five days
after coming back to B&B
Queen's Rowdy Lad is already putting on weight.
He loves to eat! July 25, 2007
I can hardly believe two weeks have passed since Rowdy came into
my life; how time flies when having fun! I cried with happiness
when he walked off the trailer at the farm, and since then I’ve
laughed out loud at him daily.
I believe the best descriptor for Rowdy I’ve heard thus
far is “upbeat”. He’s steadfastly been calm and
collected while also remaining interested and ready for action.
Truly, his good nature amazes me. I never imagined a horse would
bring me so much joy.
The first few days with Rowdy were very low-key. Rowdy’s
hind end was so “stiff” and “locked-up” that,
when turning, he would pivot on a rear foot rather than attempt
to cross his rear legs to make the turn. He also tended to stumble
over things that required him to step-up onto them, and he skittered
on gravel. Needless to say, we were all concerned about this situation.
Our experienced off-the-track thoroughbred owners and veterinarian
suggested that Rowdy’s stiffness and stumbling were likely
muscular atrophy, due to lack of use, combined with general misalignment
of the spine and hips. Light exercise, stretching, and chiropractic
care were suggested to increase Rowdy’s muscular strength
and range of motion in the hind end.
Hence, our first few days together consisted of very slow walks
on hills, making wide turns to increase Rowdy’s ability to
cross-over in the rear, and as much brushing, grooming and attention
as he wanted. Laser light therapy on his back and hips were his
absolute favorite activity, and Rowdy frequently dozed off while
nodding his head in contentment during our laser sessions.
Within three days of our regimen of hill-walking, turning circles,
and laser light therapy, there was a marked difference in Rowdy’s
ability to turn freely and without hesitation. He became more animated
in all of his range of motion and his pace picked up in everything
he did. Somewhere along day seven or so of his arrival, I finally
had to give up solely hand-walking him because both his endurance
and agility had increased so exponentially.
Our fabulous farrier, Chase New, assessed Rowdy’s feet and
got him shod, and now Rowdy steps forward fearlessly, even on patches
of gravel. It’s so wonderful to see him trot across the gravel
drive towards a patch of grass when just days ago he would have
minced across the lane or avoided the gravel altogether.
I’m still a bit in amazement of how many factors contribute
to a “stiff” horse. In order to have come as far as
we have, it’s taken a number of simple treatments (chiropractic
stretches, hill-walking, turning for cross-overs, light exercise,
laser light therapy, proper nutrition, and lots of attention and
affection), and I believe that combination of these treatments
as one whole plan have been essential to relieve Rowdy’s
discomfort. I can’t wait to see how Rowdy responds to a regular
schedule of chiropractic care.
I have so much more to report! However, I’ll end now and
write again soon to share his health report and also some of the
silly stories of how we’re growing together.
Finally, please allow me to give a “shout out” to
some of the people that got Rowdy and I to where we are:
Bits and Bytes Farm - Rowdy came to be mine because you got him
off-the-track back in 2001 and gave him a solid foundation of skills
to grow on once he had finished his job as a racehorse. You saw
in him the genuinely goofy, hard-working, willing-to-please personality
that still shines today.
Amy - thank you so much for allowing me to be the one to give
Rowdy a new home. I’m thankful for him every day and he’s
truly blossoming. He receives the best of care, tremendous amounts
of attention, and is much loved.
Queen's Rowdy Lad hitches a ride with Bob
Lee back to Bits & Bytes Farm for a vet check. July 12, 2007
Bob Lee - you were a gift from the heavens in helping us get
Rowdy to the farm in time for his vet check. Your efforts to help
Rowdy were out of the goodness of your heart and I’ll be
eternally grateful for your generosity and kindness. You did a
truly good deed and Rowdy thanks you as well.
All the folks that have worked with Rowdy in the past - Rowdy,
while having personality plus, is well-mannered horse with a good
nature and tons of heart. He changed hands many times over the
past years and it’s clear that he was encouraged to be his
funny, individual self all the while. Rowdy still possesses the
same spirit and attitude that he had when you knew him, so you
can smile hugely when you think about him.
Thanks so much and I’ll write again soon,
July 12, 2007- Rowdy returns to B&B for his vet check
Mamie Kerr recieves Queen's Rowdy Lad from "Bob Lee's Limo
UPDATE 7-11-07 WAS "Rowdy's" Lucky Day!
Queens' Rowdy Lad was a horse we sold many
years ago. 7-11-07 WAS"Rowdy's" Lucky Day! He has a new
mom and he has returned to board at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Queen's Rowdy Lad has been returned to Bits & Bytes Farm
by his new mom Mamie Kerr! We are extremely happy to have him back
in the "family"!!!!
Trainer Karen Boysen with her son Adam, Mamie Kerr and Queen's
July 11, 2007
Queen's Rowdy Lad was a horse we purchased from
his breeder and sold when we first started selling Thoroughbreds
in 2002. He was a real character in the barn. He had the first
stall and he demanded that anyone walking by, stop to say hello.
He would flap his lips to get your attention. He loves peppermints
and he showed great boldness and talent for jumping when he was
at Bits & Bytes
has not had the most "stable" life and he has moved from owner
to owner due to no fault of his own. It breaks my heart when
I think of it. "Rowdy" is my living Black
I have tried several times to buy him back only to have him sold
to someone else.
We do not always have the resources to buy back
a horse and we unfortunately don't have the resources now. All
our cash has gone to purchase hay for the next year. This is a
horse we will never forget because he has such a cool personality
and talent. Just like
Black Beauty, "Rowdy" has
had good owners and not so good owners but just the same he is
a loving and kind horse.
Please call me to discuss Queen's Rowdy
Lad in more detail if you think you might be able to make
this his "Lucky
Day". Click here to see photos of Queen's
Rowdy Lad when he
was at Bits & Bytes Farm. He is still located in the Atlanta
/ Canton, Georgia area. His current owners
are relocating to Wales in the United Kingdom so they are unable
to take "Rowdy"
with them. Call me for more
information and pricing.
July 3, 2007 Photos of Queen's Rowdy Lad
Queen's Rowdy Lad is an off-the-track Thoroughbred.
OTTB - Queen's Rowdy Lad needed a new
home. He was sun bleached and thin from being pasture boarded.
Queen's Rowdy Lad was living in a pasture
in July 2007 when we found him again. July 3, 2007
June 2002 at Bits & Bytes Farm
Darrith Russell learns to jump with Queen's
Rowdy Lad at Bits & Bytes
August 2002 at Bits & Bytes Farm
Barry on Queen's Rowdy Lad in August 2002
Queen's Rowdy Lad at the race track in June 2001.