Welcome to Bit of Honey Training LLC

Welcome to Bit of Honey Training LLC
Welcome to Bit of Honey Training LLC

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Faline Conformation Photos


Faline is a 2019 buckskin filly who is 15.3h as a yearling.  Her expected height at maturity is 17+h.  She is eligible to be registered Oldenburg.

Faline is by the Oldenburg stallion Carrico (a Catoki son), who is a 1.6 meter jumper.  https://www.redfieldfarms.com/carrico.html

Faline is out of Oldenburg mare Marzipan GF (Blonder Hans/Metallic Dream/Senussi), a rare imported cremello warmblood mare,  http://www.gestuet-falkenhorst.com/
 




Faline is easy to catch, halter, and lead.  She can be a bit pushy and as most yearlings do, she needs occasional reminders of her ground manners.  She has been exposed to all kinds of things including llamas, dogs, bridges, hula hoops, and various small cross country fences in-hand.  She adjusts to new things boldly and is eager to learn anything new and interesting.  Faline ties, bathes, loads, and hauls well, and is used to having her hooves handled. 



 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNaf_5Yq5n0


Faline is available to be purchased at $15,000 firm, price to increase with training.  For more information contact Kim at 970-231-9999.

Seller's conditions include Faline staying in the Bit of Honey Training program.  New owner must either stable her at Bit of Honey, or bring her annually for a minimum one month of training each summer with Kim Leonard.  This annual training program continues up to and including starting under saddle at age 4-5 depending on when she is ready.  Faline has unlimited potential as an eventer, jumper, or dressage horse, it is imperative that she is brought along properly or breeder will not sell. Special considerations may be made for out of state buyers.

Curio Conformation Photos


Curioso, barn name "Curio," is a 2019 bay gelding eligible to be registered Holsteiner.  He is by the Holsteiner stallion Conway II, who is a 1.6m jumper.  Sire is a Caretino son, and half brother to Casall la Silla.

Curio is out of the Hanoverian mare "For Faith" (For Play (For Pleasure)/Fuerst Gottard/Kalypso). The dam, Faith, brings the bloodlines of Furioso II from both sides of her pedigree. 

His expected height at maturity will be 16.2h.  He is thoughtful and kind, and loves to be around people.  Curio stands tied quietly for grooming, including having his feet handled and bathing.  He loads in the trailer and is well behaved while hauling.  This gelding is a pleasure to have around and gets nicer every day.




Curio is easy to catch and halter, and has been exposed to all kinds of things including llamas, dogs, bridges, hula hoops, and various small cross country fences in-hand.  He adjusts to new things quietly and is very trusting of his humans.









https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3d8KezTjjE

Curio is available to be sold at $12,500 firm, price to increase with training.  For more information contact Kim at 970-231-9999.

Seller's conditions include Curio staying in the Bit of Honey Training program.  New owner must either stable him at Bit of Honey, or bring him annually for a minimum one month of training each summer with Kim Leonard.  This annual training program continues up to and including starting under saddle at age 4-5 depending on when he is ready.  Curio has unlimited potential as an eventer, jumper, or dressage horse, it is imperative that he is brought along properly or breeder will not sell. Special considerations may be made for out of state buyers.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Ferriana Summary


Ferriana is a nine year old mare, half Hanoverian and half Dutch Warmblood.  She is super athletic and sensitive, brave and confident in all three phases.

Sire: Ferro (Olympic Ferro) - Dutch warmblood, international competitor 2000 Olympics, dual talent in jumping and dressage.
Dam: imported elite Hanoverian mare, by Regazzoni/Davignon. She was the Hanoverian inspection site champion, and although she competed in dressage, received a 9 jump score at the inspection.

Ferriana is a half inch shy of 16.1h tall.  She's barefoot with good feet (despite somewhat thinner soles she has never had shoes on and comfortably goes trail riding and cross country jumping without shoes or boots).  A phenomenal athlete, Ferriana has free jumped 5' or 1.5 meters with PLENTY of scope for more.  Under saddle she is very light, forward, and sensitive, riding in a regular snaffle for all three phases, and works best off of the seat. 




Here is some video of her free jumping 1.2m (4' high oxer with 4' spread)
 

Here are some free jumping photos of Ferriana in the chute in the arena.








Video from these free jumping rounds:


Video of Ferriana jumping through a gymnastic line with a rider:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAbejnVDDUk&feature=emb_logo

Jumping a single small oxer with a lead change after the fence:












Here are a few photos of Ferriana doing flatwork.









Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Moqui Meadows Cross Country Day

This weekend we took horses to Moqui Meadows for a cross country day.  Many thanks for the photos by Kimberly Hale Photography, Tim Rett, and videos by Sara.  Each horse and rider pair did two rounds of the course, Highboy at training level and the other horses at elementary.  Though he's schooled each of the types of individual questions before, this was Highboy's first time doing a full course at training level.  It was extremely fun, and very satisfying to have him behave like he was actually listening and focused on the course instead of messing around to amuse himself.  He just needs it difficult and/or complicated for him to act interested.

The warmup was silly as usual, he wanted to just get going already.  Once we left the start box, however, he was all business and rode incredibly well. 





This rock wall was quite large, I'm impressed at how Highboy cleared it with no difficulty and with plenty of room to spare.




These stairs were fun to go up - no hesitation.







Highboy did his characteristic deep knee bend before he hopped into the water, too.


Here is the gopro video from my helmet camera from Highboy's round.


Here is video that Sara got of Highboy doing his second round.


Ferriana also went to Moqui.  This was her second time here, we had come last fall as her first outing.  So this was Ferriana's second time going around this particular elementary course.  She warmed up well, though seriously over-jumped the warmup fences resulting in some audible gasps from onlookers.  On the course she went fabulously, forward but listening to me, jumping clear but not over-jumping too much.  By the time she was finished her second round she had made it very clear to me that these jumps are now too small for her, and she'd like something more challenging, please.  She expressed this by cantering to the last several fences and BARELY jumping them, just taking a mildly larger canter stride over.  Now that she's jumping conservatively that tells me she's ready for something larger.






 Here is the gopro video from Ferriana's round.