to Bits & Bytes Farm on the Web. Take a virtual tour
of the farm and see the beautiful
thoroughbred horses 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. The "Horses
for Sale" page has horses that are
here at the farm. If you have the skills to take one right from
the track but not the contacts, check out our "Prospect
Horses for Sale"
page. Follow the Success
Stories of Horses
Sold with the help
of Bits & Bytes Farm. Read our past "Newz" stories
and watch for new postings on our "What's
New on the Site" page.
Kentucky Derby Excitement
This is the time of year when the "average" person gets excited about Thoroughbreds. We have the passion all year long at Bits & Bytes Farm We would like to take this opportunity, while everyone's mind's are on these beautiful Thoroughbred horses, to remind you of why we are in business.
This photo of 1986 Kentucky Derby winner - Ferdinand was recently offer for sale on ebay.
You might think that after spending so much money to get a horse to the Kentucky Derby - huge stud fees, training costs, feed and veterinary expenses on top of the cost of farms and transportation costs - that no one would ever just let a Kentucky Derby winner be cast off and slaughtered!
WRONG! ! ! !
Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who went on to capture the following year's Horse of the Year title with a dramatic victory over 1987 Derby hero Alysheba in the Breeders' Cup Classic, is dead. The Blood-Horse has learned the big chestnut son of Nijinsky II died sometime in 2002, most likely in a slaughterhouse in Japan, where his career at stud was unsuccessful.
-this is from the Phelps Equine World Web site.
Click her to here to read the full story published in 2003 on the Phelps Equine World Web site.
If you still don't believe that beautiful Thoroughbreds are going to slaughter everyday - just because they are slow or no longer profitable - then take the time to read Bill Hiller's moving book, After the Finish Line. (see the sidebar on the left side)
At Bits & Bytes Farm we know all too well the fate of many gorgeous Thoroughbreds. We work hard to help as many as we can by retraining and selling horses from the farm. Our resources are limited so we have expanded to sell horses directly from the track to new owners who have the skills and talent to retrain them like we do. Our Prospect Horses for sale showcases these "still racing" horses for sale. Our Success Stories are showing that there is a "life after the finish line" if these horses are given time to recover physically and mentally from the rigors of racing.
Classic Casey is a Thoroughbred horse for sale at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Not everyone has the skills or money to buy an off-the-track-Thoroughbred (OTTB) but everyone can make a difference in the life of ONE horse. There are many Thoroughbred rescue organizations (see the Links page) who are the last resort for many of these beautiful creatures. They need funding to keep more horses from going to slaughter. Please think about these rescue organizations and the good work they do and place your money on a sure bet - donate to a Thoroughbred Rescue organization in memory of Ferdinand and the many others who have lost the race for their lives in the slaughter house. Won't you help spread the word and get your friends to contribute to a better life of at least one Thoroughbred.
Click here to tell your friends about this Web site.
Call or come
by for a visit - but please call first!
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. Prospect
horses will not be sold to beginners or children without a full time
Morning turnout at Bits & Bytes Farm
horses are available for sale when they first come to the farm.
We like to work with them for a while to teach them the basics of
being a safe sport horse and to make sure they are healthy. You are
welcome to visit and to get on a waiting list to be the first to
ride them when we feel they are ready to be ridden by our visitors. Call
us to discuss prices or to schedule an appointment. We
are sorry but we cannot accommodate you if you just drop in unannounced.
We'd love to have you come meet all of our horses--we know that
it will be worth your time. Just bring peppermints!
Our security team springs into action. Sydney, Wizard and Zulu.