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.
Knight Villain got a "Little Girl" for his Christmas present! "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm" Tammy Gullet was surprised by her mom and dad with a new pony for Christmas.
Happy Holidays from Bits & Bytes Farm!
The holidays are a time for getting together with old friends and family and remembering the past year. We want to wish all our buyers, boarders, friends and former boarders a Happy New Year!
Former Bits & Bytes Farm Horses For Sale - Ikon and Got Um Smoke Um talk, with current boarder Tucker, about living at Bits & Bytes Farm.
2006 has been a great year for us. We have found homes for over 100 ex-racer horses. The Thoroughbreds we found homes for have brought lots of joy and happiness into the lives of their new owners. Those owners have become a part of our extended Bits & Bytes Farm family.
Artrageous's breeder contacted us to say "Thank you" for finding a good home for the horse she bred. Artrageous is now standing at stud at Fox Haven Farm in Florida.
When we sell a horse, we require that the new owners stay in touch and provide us with updates. These updates are posted on our Success Stories pages so that the sellers of the horses know that their horses are doing well and have not gone back to racing or been slaughtered. The sellers will call us again when they have a Thoroughbred who needs to get off –the-track – but only if they are sure the previous horse they sold us has found a good home. We have even been contacted by the breeders of horses we have sold. They have called to thank us for finding a home for a horse they bred.
Artic Gamble has a new family! Cindy and Ron Russell and their daughter Danielle are Gamble's new family.
We Minimize the Risk of Buying an OTTB
Buying an off-the-track Thoroughbred through Bits & Bytes Farm takes away a lot of the risk in buying a horse off-the-track. Because the horse is an ex-racer, you can look up his pedigree on-line (for free) and also find his detailed race record at the official Jockey Club Web site.
Ikon and his mom Beth Macintire stopped by Bits & Bytes Farm for a visit on their way home for Christmas.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to find a new home for your horse. We will always help find a home for any horse we have sold. If the owner has kept up the Success Stories, any potential buyer will know exactly what the horse has been doing since he left the track. Sometimes people, who wished they could have bought the horse before, will reappear and buy your horse now. If you are a buyer who has not been in touch lately – shame on you. The success of our mission depends on everyone upholding their end of the contract. Each Bill of Sale states that we will help you find a home and that you will provide us with updates on the horse which will be posted on the site.
Your Success Stories make our day! Knight and his new mom Tammy. December 25, 2006
The Success Stories bring us great pleasure. Finding homes for these ex-races is not always easy and certainly not profitable. Our reward comes from hearing how these Thoroughbreds have brought joy and happiness into your life. Thank you for sharing these stories and we promise to get the updates done more quickly in the New Year!
Got Um Smoke Um, Ikon and Knight Villain.
Our racetrack contacts will tell you about the horse's temperament and what his exercise riders, grooms and trainers say about the horse. A vet check at the track will let you know if the horse is healthy and sound. If the horse was purchased through Bits & bytes Farm and is being resold, the horse’s latest history should be recorded on the Success Stories page. You'll know without a doubt, who has had the horse, what he has been doing and why he is for sale. If the Thoroughbred is here at the farm, you know that he was purchased to be trained and sold to a good home.
Got Um Smoke Um and Amy Macintire receive some training at Bits & Bytes Farm on their way home for Christmas. "Smokey" was purchased three years ago from our farm.
Compare buying an OTTB, from Bits & Bytes Farm, to buying a horse that has never raced from a stranger. You have no way of knowing for sure who the horse is, what his age is, what he has been doing or why he is being sold. You had better know and trust the seller to feel good about that purchase! When you purchase an off-the-track Thoroughbred from Bits & Bytes Farm, you have lots of information from which to make a buying decision - more than if you are buying a horse locally from someone you do not know.
Suzie Maewon and her mom Niki Nault.
Read Our Success Stories
The Success Stories pages are proof to the former owners and trainers of these off-the-track thoroughbreds that their horses have found good homes and new careers. Trainers and owners of Thoroughbreds who are ready for new careers, have found us through our Success Stories. The owners and trainers who really love their horses are happy to find us and know that we can find good homes for their horses. Your Success Stories are letting them know they have done a good thing for their horses. They will call on us again when they have another horse that needs a home.
The Success Stories also show potential buyers what to expect when they buy a horse sight-unseen off our Web site. We ask the buyers of our horses to be open and honest with their updates. This gives Elizabeth the opportunity to share training suggestions. There will be bumps along the road to training your horse, but they are easily navigated with help from Bits & Bytes Farm. We are always here to offer suggestions and advice.
Heather's Best is a horse for sale at Bits & Bytes Farm ridden by Jen Bishop who is a "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm".
Training Notes from Elizabeth
The Training Notes from Elizabeth have shown to be one of the most popular sections of the Web site. Elizabeth has had many requests to write a book. Until, that time, check in on the Training Notes from Elizabeth page and read through the different Success Stories to see training notes specific to each horse and their training.
Fizzicus was a Prospect Horse for Sale that is now a boarder in training at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Meet Elizabeth at HorseWorld Expo - January 20, 2007
If you want to meet Elizabeth in person and ask her your training questions, she will be speaking on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at the HorseWorld Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. Elizabeth has been a professional presenter on computer technology, graphics, multimedia and Web design for many years. Her conference sessions are exciting and interactive. Come meet Elizabeth this January 20, 2007 at the HorseWorld Expo and learn about retraining OTTBS.
Thank YOU for making Our Web Site a Hit!
Many people follow our Web site each day. Our unique visitors number between 600 and 1000 visitors each day. Many of these visitors check the site several times during the day so they are not recorded as unique visitors. We have over 1,000,000 hits each month. A hit is a click on a page on our Web site. We average 69.54, "hits" per visit.
We know you are out there hitting the pages on our Web site dreaming of getting your own OTTB. What are you waiting for? Give us a call and find out about your favorite horse. You might just find out that he is your “perfect match”! Until then, enjoy our Web site and donate to a rescue group listed on our Links page. You may not be in a position to purchase an off-the-track Thoroughbred today but you can make a difference in the life of one or more OTTBs by donating to a Thoroughbred horse rescue organization.
God Bless and Happy Holidays to all our “Friends of Bits & Bytes Farm” - especially those who have given homes to our Thoroughbreds!
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
Southern Legacy is now in training 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.