>March 11, 2005
Welcome to Bits & Bytes Farm on the Web. Take a virtual tour
of the farm and see the beautiful thoroughbreds
we have for sale. Follow their training and learn how we bring
them from racetrack to a new career in the show ring, fox hunting
We Have New Horses!
We have been out shopping again and we have two new horses at the
farm and one old friend. First, the two new horses: both horses are
six year old geldings.
Mississippi Sam is a 16.1+ hh Grayboo
twin who has been off-the-track for two years living the good life
on the farm of his breeder. His grand sire is Smile, the same grand
sire as Smarty Jones — last year's Kentucky Derby winner. "Sam"
only raced eight times. He showed none of the talent of his Kentucky
Derby winning relative so he was retired to the farm which is where
we found him. He is wooly from being turned out. He was barefoot but
his feet are in fantastic shape. His feet are big and well shaped.
He has a little more bone than Grayboo
and the same wonderful gaits. "Sam" needs some more weight
and needs to shed out that thick wooly coat before he will look as
striking as Grayboo.
"Sam" is very kind, sound and talented. He wants to be loved
as a pet. He has great potential as an event horse or hunter/jumper.
If you have the talent of seeing a diamond in the rough - look closely
at Mississippi Sam before his price goes up!
Mississippi Sam has just arrived and already
he has done a Bits & Bytes Farm trail ride.
Elizabeth was able to ride Mississippi Sam
at the breeders farm. He was well behaved even after not being ridden
for two years after brief racing career.
We think Charlie is black. At this point
he is a wooly chocolate brown from being outside 24/7. Charlie
slipped through the cracks and was never registered. At the age of
six there is really no point in registering or racing him. We purchased
Charlie from the same breeder as Mississippi
Charlie is smaller, about 15.2 and bigger around.
He was following us around the pasture as we were looking for horses
to purchase. Charlie whispered in Barry's ear to choose him. Then
our "Official Snuggle Tester" for the trip, Linda Ross,
gave us the "buy this one" signal. If you have wanted to
start an off-the-track Thoroughbred but were afraid of a horse that
has raced, then take a good look at Charlie. He is
sound and has no racing miles on him . . .and he is a puppy dog. We
bought him right and can sell him at a fantastic price. Call for details.
We gave Charlie a bath to see what kind of
horse was under all that wooly fur. Charlie is well put together with
Welcome Home IRISH!
When we sell a horse we hope it will be a match for life. Sometimes
it is not. Sometimes priorities shift and there is not enough time
to devote to the horse.
We love our horses and we want to make sure they find the perfect
partner. Our sales agreement states that we will "assist
in finding a new home for any horse you purchase from Bits & Bytes
Farm" if for some reason resale becomes necessary. We
mean this. Unlike most "horse traders" we are in this business
for the horses—not for profit. If that means re-listing a previously
horse sold —then we are happy to bring him to our farm and/or
put him on our Web site.
Such is the situation with one of our favorite horses—Irish!
Irish's mom is a doctor with two young children and not enough time
for her career, her children and a talented young horse. Dr. Rachel
Black asked us to help her market Irish. She feels confident that
we will only sell him to a good home.
You might remember, Irish
was a favorite of our "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm"
Paula Gunnels. Here is what she has to say about "her boy"
"My buddy Irish
is back! I was very excited when I first heard that Irish was coming
back to Bits & Bytes Farm, and now I am even more excited after
riding him again! Today was the first time I have seen him since his
return and he looks gorgeous. I went out in the paddock to see him
and he came right up to me to say hello. My first thought was how
athletic and muscular he is looking.
Irish and Paula are at it again jumping everything
I jumped at the chance
to ride him again since I was dying to see if he had changed at all
since he left. I was not disappointed. He settled right into the work
and I immediately noticed the advancement in his training. He feels
a lot more collected and supple and his mouth is so soft.
Since jumping is his
forte, I was eager to see how he is doing. I trotted him up to a cross
rail and he never hesitated to go over it. We lifted it up to a good-sized
vertical and I asked him for a canter. He approached the jump, saw
his spot and sailed over it like a pro. It felt wonderful to ride
a horse with such experience. I hope Elizabeth allows me to continue
riding him because I would love to work with my old buddy again!"
Another "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm" wanted to try
Irish for herself. "Wiseguy's"
Aunt Lauren took Irish
for a test ride this week. She could not believe how easy he is to
Irish loves to jump!
Irish Morning Mist
(that's his full registered name) was purchased by Elizabeth as an
unraced three year old. He is now seven and boy has he filled out.
He is a gorgeous 17.2 hand gelding with good bone and a quiet mind.
Carrying a crop is recommended because this boy is very laid back.
has a wonderful loving personality and he always wants to be the center
of attention. Irish is suitable as a hunter/jumper or event horse.
He continued his training this last year with a strong hunter/jumper
focus on jumping and lead changes. This is a very special horse.
Irish has grown and filled out.
YOU CAN HELP!
to print out FLYERS to post at your barn, tack shop or feed
There has been a possible sighting of the truck on
Hwy 27 in Colquitt, GA, December 18 or 19th. It was seen
at a local Hardy's Restaurant. If you were in the area and saw
this truck and horse trailer please let us know.
Watch your local horse auctions PLEASE!!!!
Two mares, a truck and
a trailer have been stolen!
One suspect lives in
Cross City in Dixie County in
One more reason to keep an eye out in Georgia!!
Call or come by for a visit
From left to right: Darcy wtih Barry, Big
Money with Gertjan, Irish with Paula, Cloned Colony with Sally and
Chouette Player with Elizabeth.
Please call us to discuss which horse might be the best match for
you based on riding skill, experience and equine personality. We do
not send out videos because it is important to match the personality
of the horse with the personality of the rider. We are matchmakers,
not horse brokers. We have horses in a wide price range. Call
us to discuss prices or to schedule an appointment.
We'd love to have you come meet all of our horses--we know that it
will be worth your time. Just bring peppermints!