Welcome to Bit of Honey Training LLC

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sweetpeacefuldream For Sale

I'm pleased to offer Sweetpeacefuldream for sale!  This mare truly is a "sweetpea"!

15.3hands and growing
5 years old
OTTB Chestnut mare

Sweetpeacefuldream a 5 y/o chestnut mare, 15.3 hands and still growing.  She is a beautiful off-track Thoroughbred owned by CANTER Colorado.  She raced quite successfully at Santa Anita and at Arapahoe Park, then was donated to the CANTER program in April 2015 so that she could go into training for the 2015 Retired Racehorse Project Makeover.  She has been with Kim Leonard at Bit of Honey Training since June, and will be going to the Kentucky Horse Park to compete for $100,000 in prize money in show jumping at the end of October.

Her racing history can be found at:

Sweetpeacefuldream is sound, has a wonderful quiet mind, and is easy to ride both in the arena and out in the fields.  She is lightly started over fences jumping 2’3” and has attended several local schooling shows.  She is wonderful with dogs, children, and adults.  At this time because she is young and still green she would be best suited to an adult, with potential as a child’s horse with further training.

Videos of her jumping can be seen here:

Video of her hacking out in the fields can be seen here:

She is current on all vaccinations, deworming, farrier, dental work. Easy to load, clip, bathe, etc.  She may be purchased before the Kentucky Retired Racehorse Project Makeover, but will move to her new home after the competition.  Because Sweetpeacefuldream is owned by CANTER Colorado and is in training with Kim Leonard, there is an adoption application and references will be checked before ownership is transferred.  

More photos and videos are available, contact Kim for details.  970-231-9999

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Oh What a Night

Oh what a night....  Late September about at 6:15, what a very special time for me.  Two big horses, what a night.

 Dewey says, "Highboy is nuts!  Get me outta here!"

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sweetpeacefuldream at the Jumping Show

Today Sweetpeacefuldream and I went to Triple Creek Ranch for their jumping show.  It was Miss Pea's first time jumping somewhere other than home or the saddle club, and she has really started to figure it out.  I rode her in the 2' jumper division.

She was quiet in the warm up after a very little gallop at the beginning (she likes to burst forth onto the scene).

She stood nicely at the side of the show arena and watched the other horses go.

When we entered the arena to ride our first course she paused to look at the first fence, and then jumped it after a good examination.  Then something clicked in her brain and she realized this is a real course of jumps, and she switched into another gear.

She got her lead changes, she buckled down and really ate up the course.  She jumped a number of fences too large and too long, but that will get better as she gains experience jumping.  I don't jump her more than once or twice in a week because of her young age, she has plenty of time to develop and learn how to use her body more efficiently over fences.

Huge thank you to Kimberly Hale Photography for capturing our day. 

Ridiculous Ride

Every once in a while I have a truly ridiculous ride, where the horse is so silly all day that I wonder if I'm actually starring in a cartoon.  Today was one of those days for Monty.  We were at a schooling show and fortunately we were the only ones in our division, so no one but the judge and gate person saw us.  The 2'9" jumper courses were pretty long, twisty turn-y and complicated, and since we were the only ones riding I had to go immediately after myself and didn't really have time to process the direction changes.  On top of that Monty was really squirrely, feeling confident, fresh, and even a little bronc-y.  So while I'm glad there wasn't a big crowd to watch his antics, we did get some really funny photos. 

This is sort of how Monty felt all day.  "Hey, look at my lip tattoo!  I think this horse show thing is a piece of cake, I don't need to practice good behavior!  Kim might need to look at the course one more time but I've got it all under control.  I shall leap the little fences so high and long that you simply must call me Superman."

I remind myself that he's only six, and he has been very studious all summer at the horse trials in which we have competed.  He has earned his upcoming winter off (and perhaps a little romping around at a schooling show).   I also remind myself of all the shows I went to as a kid.  When I would watch the other riders go I would always mentally choose the biggest hottest horse I could see and wish it was my own.  Between some of the goofy geldings in my barn right now I definitely have fulfilled that childhood dream.

Thank you to Kimberly Hale Photography for getting this fun recorded.