Can You Help?

This is the time of year when Thoroughbred race horses are most at risk. The rescue groups do their best to find "at risk" horses and rescue them. Still, too many Thoroughbreds need to find homes. Even horses that are sound are "at risk" of going to an auction because the trainer does not have the resources to take care of the horse over the winter. We will be putting up lots of photos in the next few weeks. This is the best time to buy!

Can't afford to buy but would like to help? Please donate generously to your favorite Thoroughbred rescue group. We have many of their Web sites listed on our Links page.

We can't save them all but we CAN make a difference in the life of ONE horse. Won't you help feed a rescue?

After the Finish Line by Bill Heller "Read this book and you
will know why we started
Bits & Bytes Farm .
Be sure to have several
boxes of tissues at hand."
- Elizabeth Wood

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May 5, 2006

Don't forget to check what's new on the site.
UPDATED: May 6, 2006

New Training Notes from Elizabeth.
UPDATED: January 7, 2006

NEW Prospect Horses for Sale. Our new format allows for more photos of each horse. NEW HORSES!
May 6, 2006 Call. No time to list them! See a few photos below.

Read our Success Stories
New Success Stories and updates to older ones! Thank you for staying in touch and letting us share in your successes! -
UPDATED: May 6, 2006

Looking for former Home page stories? They are listed by date and on our NEWZ page.

NEW PROSPECT HORSES!

NEW! 2002 Grey Thorughbred filly for sale.

NEW! May 6th
2002 Grey Thoroughbred filly for sale. 16.2 hands and growing!!!! Call ASAP. The trainer wants her gone tomorrow! Sound.

NEW! 2002 Grey Thorughbred filly for sale.

Hurry. Don't miss this grey filly for sale. Greys sell fast.

 

New Prospect gelding - Call for details.

NEW! 2001 Prospect gelding - Call for details. - May 5, 2006

 

New Prospect colt - Call for details.

New 2002 Prospect colt - Call for details. - May 5, 2006 SOLD!

 

 

17 hand Thoroughbred mare

NEW 1998 Prospect mare. 17 hands - by Corporate Report who won the Travers and finished second in the Preakness. Sound but also has great Sport Horse broodmare potential.

 

 

Magic is a Prospect mare for sale.

NEW 2003 Prospect mare for sale. She is a sound granddaughter of great Sport Horse sire Danzig.

 

 

Welcome to Bits & Bytes Farm

 

Welcome 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 web site link

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.

1986 Ferdinand Wins the Kentucy Derby
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.
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 trainer.

Morning turnout at Bits & Bytes Farm
Morning turnout at Bits & Bytes Farm

Not all 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.


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