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.
So Romeo was a former Prospect Horse for Sale who came to the farm to be a Horse for Sale. He was purchased by "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm" Niki Rawls who now boards him at the farm. They participated in the Imtiaz Anees Clinic recently. Photo credits/copyrights Chris Laurenceau.
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Fall Notes for Training Off-the-track Thoroughbreds
Bits & Bytes Farm's mission is educating people about off-the-track Thoroughbreds and finding permanent loving homes for ex-race horses. Too many people are prejudiced against Thoroughbreds because of the myths they have heard. In our effort to find good homes for Thoroughbreds we have found it necessary to use our Web site to educate and share the horses' own Success Stories to "tell the rest of the story". Our Success Stories are real stories, from real buyers, of the Thoroughbreds we have identified as good prospect horses for new careers. They tell of their successes and their learning challenges. Please spend some time reading them if you are considering buying a Thoroughbred off-the-track. Forget what you have heard and read the real stories of owners of OTTBs.
Knight Villain won almost $300,000 and now he is enjoying a second career in dressage. October 7, 2006
At Bits & Bytes Farm, we feel it is important to share our knowledge and teach other people to train Thoroughbreds. We cannot possibly save all the Thoroughbreds that are no longer wanted at the track. Most important is that they find a home with knowledgeable people who can train them for a new career. This is not difficult, but their training is serious business. Thoroughbreds are smart and if allowed to get away with bad behavior they could become dangerous and again would be at risk of going to auction or slaughter.
Snowdance Kid and Kimberly at the recent Imtiaz Anees Clinic at Bits & Bytes Farm. October 7, 2006
In the interest of teaching others to train Thoroughbreds, Bits & Bytes Farm uses this Web site as a way to share training tips & techniques that we have learned through years of working with OTTBs. We train ourselves by bringing in experienced trainers who can teach us the finer details of dressage and jumping.
Allison Moul is a "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm" who is helping to train OTTBs as she is learning herself! She recently attended the Imtiaz Anees clinic and rode "Brewster". Photo credits/copyrights Christ Laurenceau.
You do not have to be a professional to train one of our horses. We find horses with good temperments who enjoy learning. There will always be someone who rides better than you (or us). The mission and goal of working with these horses is to "ALWAYS BE OPEN TO LEARNING". We enjoy the process of training. Training on any horse is never complete. Our horses are not "made" horses but they are safe and willing to learn. We are here to help you with their training long after the sale. Can we find a Thoroughbred for you to work with? Still not sure about OTTBs?
. . .Read Our 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". Any of the horses' names that have a asterisk in front of it, were purchased as Prospect Horses directly off-the-track or from their trainer.
Fame for a Day was sold as a three year-old to Gloria Coleman. Fame's Success Stories were the first of our Success Stories.
Steffie's Hope was a Prospect Horse for Sale. She was purchased by Christy Tucker in January 2005. Read Steffie's Hope's Success Stories.
"Pretty" aka Tater Tot was one of our 25 Special Horses from one trainer who found a home with Halliea Milner in December 2005. Read "Pretty's" Success Stories.
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
Joe Bear with Paula Gunnels and Linda Ross enjoying a beautiful Fall day. October 2006
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.