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March 11, 2005

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Charlie, giving Barry all the facts.

Barry interviewed Charlie, "So Charlie, you never raced? And you are six years old? You say you want to find a Pony Club rider to be your special person? We can bring you home IF you pass the "Snuggle Test."



Charlie and Elizabeth

Elizabeth had her eye on the bay grabbing her hat. Charlie came up from behind her and put his head on her shoulder and closed his eyes.




Linda Ross was our "Official Snuggle Tester" for this buying trip.

Every horse we buy, we buy with our typical customer in mind. Our customers want a partner to compete with —not a machine. That means temperament and soundness must be evident in any horse we purchase. Linda Ross was our "Official Snuggle Tester" for this buying trip. Watch for this mare to be on our Prospect Page soon.


Charlie is an unraced six year old 15.2 hand gelding.

Charlie is an unraced six year old 15.2 hand gelding.







Charlie has great feet and good bone along with a puppy dog personality.




Irish and Elizabeth

Irish remembered the farm and dragged Elizabeth down the barn hallway to his old stall!











Irish and Lauren

Irish Morning Mist and "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm" Lauren.





Irish Morning Mist and  his mom

Irish's mom is a doctor with not enough time for her family and Irish too!


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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 or eventing.

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

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
Mississippi Sam has just arrived and already he has done a Bits & Bytes Farm trail ride.

Mississippi Sam at the farm.
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 Sam.

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.

Charlie, wet from his first bath.
We gave Charlie a bath to see what kind of horse was under all that wooly fur. Charlie is well put together with good feet.

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" being home.

"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's first ride.
Irish and Paula are at it again jumping everything in site!

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 jump.

Irish Morning Mist and Lauren Dunlap
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. Irish 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 Morning Mist and Lauren Dunlap
Irish has grown and filled out.


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UPDATED January 14, 2005

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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!!!!

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Two mares, a truck and a trailer have been stolen!
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One suspect lives in
Cross City in Dixie County in North Florida.
One more reason to keep an eye out in Georgia!!

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Even the dogs enjoyed the painting party.
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!

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