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.
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Guess who? Hint: Look at the blaze. This is our favorite Success Story! -- May 21, 2006
We Love to Get New Success Stories!
We have sold so many horses it is hard to keep up with all the Success Stories and get them posted in a timely manner. We apologize to our buyers. Unlike many people who are in the business of "selling" horses we are "match makers" and will not sell to just anyone. When you buy a horse with our assistance, we want to be a part of the successful transition of the horse and buyer. You are a part of the extended Bits & Bytes Farm family.
Grayboo's Success Stories have been updated!
We want to share your Success Stories so others will see that OTTB Thoroughbreds are not "hot or crazy". The ones that might be more difficult have usually have had bad handling. The sensitivity of a Thoroughbred is what makes them such a pleasure to ride. They are the horse of choice for the "better rider" who can appreciate how little effort it takes to get a Thoroughbred to perform. Thoroughbreds WANT to please their owners! They need and crave affection from their owners.
The owners and trainers we buy from are following our horses' Success Stories on our Web site. When you send us a Success Story it proves to the owner/trainer that he made the right decision by letting Bits & Bytes Farm find a good home for his horse. That trainer will be more likely to call us when he has a good horse who needs a home. Everyone wins: horse, trainer, buyer. Why can't life be like this more often?
UPDATE: "Skinny" aka Flame Boyant - Our Favorite Success Story!
Everyone has been asking about poor old "Skinny". He was one of our 25 Special horses who was terribly thin and needed special care. His breeder had hired a farm hand to feed his horses when he was injured and unable to get around the farm. The farm hand fed "Skinny" with several other more aggressive horses and "Skinny" did not get enough to keep his weight up. When the owner found out, he immediately changed the feeding arrangement and asked us for help placing "Skinny" and the rest of his horses.
"Skinny" needed someone special to save him. -- November 2005
"Skinny" aka Flame Boyant is now fat and round. -- May 21, 2006
We had many offers to help "Skinny" but we felt that Jessica Hughes had the best resources and skills to take him on as a project - and she has proved us correct! Here is the latest on "Skinny" now named Flame Boyant because of his blaze that looks like a candle:
I finally got some pictures taken of Flame! The girl riding him in the picture is the 13 year old I told you about, she rides him in her weekly lessons. He is coming along so great, I just love him. He went last Friday to a horse show just to school the jumps, it was his second time away from home and his first time in a show atmosphere. He was very quiet, no spooks and jumped everything he was pointed at. He even got a compliment on how cute he was. I think he is proving to be a hunter type, with the quiet mind and great jump, and good movement. He is going this weekend to his first actual horse show where he will be shown. It is a local schooling show. He is continuing to have solid lead changes. He is schooling 2 foot small courses at home and we'll let him decide what he wants to jump at the horse show, wether it's the 2 foot or cross rails. He is so quiet and laid back I'm able to really feed him some quality hay and grain. He still has muscle he needs to develop, I think another 4 months he will be even more stunning than he is now. However I am biased, I cannot find anything bad to say about him. He is going to make some child or adult amateur a great partner one day. For right now though, I'm having so much fun bringing him along. He is so kind, he acts as if he knows he was saved from a harsh life at best. I'll send pics of the horse show next week!
Hope all is going well,
Click here to read earlier Success Stories from "Skinny" and Jessica.
Prospect Horses for Sale - Going, Going, Gone!
These horses are gone but we are getting new horses almost daily now. Call if you are a serious buyer. These horses are selling fast at this time of the year. Go to our Prospect Horses for Sale or go to our Horses for Sale for horses that are in training at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Here are a few more Success Stories of our newest horses SOLD!:
Joker's Jest was a horse "At Risk" when a potential buyer backed out of the sale at the last minute . . . here is latest from "Joker's" new owner who saved him.
Sir Gregory was a last minute substitution when "Dime's" owner decided to race her again (she finished dead last and may become available again). "Gregory" was purchased by two- time Prospect Horse for Sale buyer - Shannon Venezia of Leesburg, VA. Click here for photos of Sir Gregory at home in Virginia.
Unfundisi was purchased by Shannon's sister Katie. She did not want her sister to have all the fun so she purchased Unfundisi. See photos of "Fundisi" at home in Virginia with Katie and Shannon.
Storm Shooter's owner was riding him bareback around the barn at the race track with no bridle, with just a halter and shank when our contact found him. He made the trip to St. Louis, Missouri to live with his new mom Dr. Paula Chor. She sent us photos and an update.
Hillbilly Castle has made it home to Vermont where he will start traing for his new career as a dressage horse or an eventor. Margo and her husband King Penniman, own Penmar Farm. King is the former USEA president so we know they have the skills to train this fancy horse.
Mr. Mully is now at home in Salt Lake City, Utah and we have a training update from his mom Kristin Palmer. Read about training "Mully" on his Success Stories page.
Do you still want to read MORE Success Stories? Go to our Success Stories page and choose a horse from the list on the right side of the page. Follow your favorite horse as he/she is trained for a new career after the finish line.
Pretty and Halliea Milner at our Easter Dressage show. Pretty is for sale.
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.