our horses - Bits & Bytes
Bits & Bytes Farm is proud to offer sane, sound and friendly
Thoroughbreds for sale. These horses are former race horses that
have been carefully chosen because of their suitability to be
retrained for a variety of disciplines including: dressage, eventing,
fox hunting, jumping and pleasure. These are not rescue horses.
The horses we offer for sale still could be sold for racing but
their owners feel that the horse deserves a better life and a new
We have four categories of horses for sale on this Web site
- Horses For Sale -
These are horses that we especially chose and have brought to
the farm to be trained. We know these horses intimately and invite
you to come and ride them. They have shown themselves to be kind,
willing and eager to work. All have been schooled in dressage
basics and jumping gymnastics. Our horses are used to noise,
dogs, trail riding and trailering. We take them on "away" trips
to horse shows, clinic, fox hunts and trail rides. The listings
are kept current on our Horses For Sale page.
Price Range: $6,000 to $20,000 some priced less, most
priced around $9,000. These horses are in training.
- Prospect Horses -
We have contacts at the higher end race tracks who find horses
for us. They watch the horses while at the track. They know the
owner/trainers and check the horses for sanity and soundness.
We will not list any horse that we feel is dangerous or "hot".
There are too many kind and quiet horses that are in need good
homes and new careers. We choose only the "best of
the best" for our Web site Prospect
Horses For Sale pages. These
are not rescue horses! These horses come from second
tier race tracks and not the lowest end tracks where the rescue
organizations work to hard to save horses. These horses could
still be sold to race at lower end tracks, and often do, if we
do not find them a home. If you are looking for a very inexpensive
horse, please go to one of the rescue organizations listed on
our LINKS page
or check our Bargain Barn page. Price
Range for Prospect Horses For Sale: $2,000 to $5,500 with average
price being $3,500 to $4,500.
- Bargain Barn -
In our search for sound, sane horses, we often come across horses
that are kind and beautiful but are not perfect enough for our Prospect
Horses for Sale page
or to bring to Bits & Bytes Farm.
We have very high standards for the horses we list on our Web
site. Many times we come across horses that have a soundness problem
that can be solved with time. Sometimes, they may need a career
without jumping and would make excellent dressage, pleasure
or trail horse. If you can give a horse a good home with a less
stressful career, you might be able to get a wonderful horse
at a very low price on our Bargain
Barn page. Price Range: FREE to $2,500. FREE only
in special circumstances.
- OTTBs Available For
Resale - When you purchase
a Thoroughbred through Bits & Bytes Farm we stand by to assist
with training and feeding advice. Another promise we make to
you, is to help you resell your horse should it ever become necessary.
We do not want you to ever feel stuck with a horse or dump the
horse at auction. We encourage all buyers to keep in touch and
update their horses' Success Stories. If the horse later needs
to be sold, a potential buyer will know the entire history of
the horse! The pedigree and race records of ex-racers are public
information. If the buyer has kept up the horse's Success Stories
page, then a potential buyer knows what the horse has been doing
since he left the track. This makes your Bits & Bytes Farm
horse a safer risk for someone in the market for a new horse.
We date all photos on our Web site and each update on the Success
Stories pages has a date. Many people follow a horse after
it is sold and may later be in a position to buy it should you
offer your horse for sale on our Web site. There is no
charge for this service. Horses are priced by their owners and
will vary depending on circumstances.
If you find a horse you are seriously interested in on this Web
call for more information and pricing. We do not give out prices
by e-mail. We are not concerned with whether you
can afford the horse but rather if it is a good match. This
can only be determined by a phone conversation. If after calling
us, we determine one of our horses at the farm might be "the
you, we request that you make a personal visit. If you are
coming from out of town, plan on visiting for the weekend.
We find that through this process we can determine if the horse
is truly a good match for both horse and rider. Please
call ahead to schedule a convenient time to see the horses.
If you find a Prospect Horse For
Sale that interests you, read our "How
to Buy a Prospect Horse" page. These horses often sell fast
so call ASAP if you find one you like.
For more information read these pages:
a Horse from Bits & Bytes Farm
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Spend some time reading the Success
Stories of the horses we have
sold. Buying a Thoroughbred is not for everyone. Buying one directly
off-the-track is filled with risks and rewards. The Success Stories
will give you an idea of what to expect. We have so many Success Stories that we have started a new site just for them: OTTBSuccessStories.com
Buying Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds
is addictive and habit forming. One of our buyers has purchased
SEVEN OTTBs and many have purchased two to four Thoroughbreds.
Got Um Smoke Um came
back for a visit to Bits & Bytes Farm
in December 2006.
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