Success Stories of Former Bits & Bytes Farm
Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs)
If you purchase one of our horses, it is a requirement of the sale that you stay in touch. We want to make sure that it is still a good match. We look forward to everyone's e-mails and photos. We update the horses' Success Stories so that others might share in the excitement of owning a Thoroughbred. We are always available for training suggestions as well. If it becomes necessary to resell one of our horses, we will assist you in many ways including putting the horse up on our Web site. We have promised the trainers and former owners of these horses that they will always have a good home and not be sold at auction or return to racing. They are watching our Web site for updates on their horses. They let us know how happy they are that their horses have found a good homes. When updates are slow in coming, they call us to find out how their horse is doing. Please understand the importance of staying in touch if your purchase one of our horses!
If you are at a horse competition and see a former Bits & Bytes Farm horse or Prospect Horse, please take some photos and introduce yourself. It will be your chance to check our references and it will make the owner feel like a star!
Check out our NEW
and IMPROVED Success Stories site. We needed a new
site just to put up all the Success Stories. You will now be
able to search the horses' names, date of sale, date of posting,
tags (topics) or by any combinations of words using our new FIND
box. The newest Success Stories are on this site and we hope
to bring over the older ones we receive updates.
Elizabeth's Notes: We
will always help to place any horse we have sold. If you keep up
with the horse's Success Stories then
any potential buyer knows the entire history of the horse. The
horse's pedigree is
free on the Internet, race records are available for eight to ten
dollars at the official Jockey
Club Web site and the Success
Stories tell potential buyers what the horse has been doing
since he left the track. It is much less of a gamble to buy one
of our OTTB Resale Horses than it would be to buy a horse locally
from someone you do not know. There is no fee for your
horse being listed for sale on our Web site. Sorry, we
are not able to list horses for sale that we have not helped to
Read the UPDATED Success Stories for
our former horse for sale - Grayboo.
December 3, 2007
OTTB - DG Dusty is available for sale.
He has already won blue ribbons in hunter classes a AA shows. Read DG
Dusty's Success Stories and see a video of him at his last horse
Amanda finished in 2nd place at Pine Top in the Junior Novice division
Our Prospect Horse - Tactical Blast has made it home to Florida!
My beautiful girl is home! Wanted to let you know that Tactical Blast arrived
in Florida on Saturday, a day early. I was unfortunately at work all day(she
wasn't supposed to come until Sunday), but luckily I have great friends that
helped settle her in until I could get there. She seems to be settling in well
and has had some time turned out in a small paddock. There are only 2 other
mares at our farm and we are going to introduce them soon. Once acquainted,
she will go out with them on night turn-out. I like that schedule as they are
out about 15-16 hours and keeps them out of the hot Florida sun!
She seems very quiet/laid back and a little shy but definitely
curious! In fact, we got to see just how quiet she is when
the shipper came in a truck to big to get back to the farm(she
was supposed to transfer to a 3-4 horse in Ocala). They decided
to unload her about 1/2 mile away and Andre(my trainer) walked
her the rest of the way! Just a Parelli halter, no chain! He
said she was interested in everything but walked like a lady
the whole way! What a good girl!
Tactical Blast April 2007
So far she likes being groomed, LOVES her ears being scratched,
and has decided that carrots are a really good thing!(She's still
not sure about apples though!). I will keep in touch and let you
know of our progress.
I so look forward to working with her
she is everything I hoped for! Thank you for all of your help,
I'm so glad I made that phone call! And if this ends up on the
website, I'd like to say to anyone "on the fence" ,
do not hesitate to pick up the phone!
These are beautiful, amazing horses so
deserving of a second chance and, you,
Elizabeth, made it very easy and put my mind at ease right away about buying
a horse sight unseen. Your knowledge, experience, great connections(Lauren
and Dr. Lorito were awesome!) made the entire process smooth
and easy. Thanks again and I will write again soon.
a third place in the w-t-c class! It was his first public canter
and it was a huge class too! Click here to read the full story. March
March 9, 2007
Former Prospect Horse for sale - Sing D Song is
boarding at Bits & Bytes Farm. March 2008
Vicky Vicky Vicky and Elizabeth get to know each other better. March 2007
Austin's Wolfe brings home ANOTHER Championship ribbon. - March 4, 2007
If your horse looses a shoe . . . A tip from Sandra Larson (Matt's Memo)
I just read about Austin's Wolf's hoof issues, and want to share a hoof
wrapping technique I learned this summer. My old TB got an abscess, so we
had to do the soaking and wrapping routine. The woman who has been riding
him suggested I use a disposable diaper as the padding, and it worked like
a CHARM! You basically put the diaper over the foot (with the leg holes
on the sides of the hoof, padding completely covering the sole and up the
front wall and over the back heels), and fasten the stretchy velcro tabs
around the pastern. Then you can put on Vetwrap and/or duct tape around
the hoof to hold it steady and add strength at the sole and wall area. My
horses are out at pasture, and that wrap stayed on overnight (granted, it
wasn't muddy) and it wasn't restrictive above the hoof. I also used
disposable swim diapers with similar results. I swear by it now!
If anyone else has good tips to share, please send them to us to post on the Web site. Thank you Sandra for this great tip! - Elizabeth
Whozierhurry aka "Kolibri"
Former Prospect Horse for Sale"Whosyourhoney" is our newest Success Story and our first International Sale!
Congratulations Laura Southard of Orlando, Florida and Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. Whozierhurry will be training in Mexico for the next year with Laura.
February 7, 2007
A quick note to let you know that Whozierhurry (Kolibri) is doing well--- the vet has been out to check his foot and pack it everyday because of the darn nail getting too close, but we caught it immediately and it shouldnt be a big deal. Everyone that takes a look at this guy thinks he is very handsome! I am using this "downtime" to give massages (which he LOVES) and put on the bridle and saddle and generally get him used to all sorts of these new things. (But it is not seeming necessary...he lets me do anything). Everyone marvels at how quiet and well behaved he is. He makes my 6yo warmblood from Germany look bad!!! In fact, because he is SO good, it has made me realize I have some work to do on the other horse with her ground manners!
I have been reading some of the other success stories of horses recently sold and realized these people's experiences matched my own and I wanted to chime in to iterate that buying from you (from another country no less) was straightforward, easy, and most importantly, resulted in gettting a wonderful horse. You and Becky have held my hand throughout everything and I feel like I have two new friends!
I check your website regularly and am amazed at the quality of the horses....Like I said, after reading a few of the other success stories, I wanted to add my two cents for anyone out there wondering if going this route is for them. If after reading the information on your website, they feel that an OTTB might be a good partner, I would HIGHLY recommend going through you. Whozierhurry has the looks, temperment, build and mind that I was looking for in a prospect. I am excited to start working with him!
Thank you again! I will be sending pictures this weekend!
Click here to read Whozierhurry's Success Stories.
Horses have a way of bringing people together. Smokey and Grayboo have brought together Amy Macintire and Amanda Cunefare. Both girls love their grey horses and enjoy doing combined training events with them.
Light Artillery makes himself right at home on the front porch on Thanksgiving Day. Wait till he learns to ring the doorbell! Amanda Moyer will never get any rest! November 23, 2006.
Still in love after almost three years! Ikon has become a real part of the Macintire family with dad Jeff, sister Amy and even mom getting to ride Beth's horse.
Got Um Smoke Um and Amy Macintire. October 8, 2006
Vicky Vicky Vicky's new show name is Victory! September 24, 2006
Irish Morning Mist places FIRST in the 3'3" jumpers - September 24, 2006
Artrageous is safe and enjoying his new home. Read Artrageous' new Success Stories page.
Former Prospect Horse for Sale B C Charmer is now at home with his new mom Lori LaMattina in Dayton, Ohio.
Read the updated Success Stories for former Prospect Horse Storm Shooter and his six year- old friend Jack.
Grayboo goes to his second show with Amanda. See photos and read their story. Photo credit Mark Walter Lahner. Visit his photo gallery at: http://hoofclix.com
". . . we are so excited about Grayboo’s progress! He is such a wonderful horse and quite the character. Amanda and Grayboo really are a good match and she loves him very much."
Photo copyright Mark Walter Lehner. Go to HoofClix.com to see more photos of Got Um Smoke Um and Amy Macintire. www.HoofClix.com Thank you Mark for the use of these beautiful photos!!! June 10, 2006 at Pine Top Horse Trials in Thompson, Georgia.
Roman Ripples goes swimming with Amye. See more photos.
Our Boy Darcy and Jessica clean up at a horse show in equitation and jumping. April 2006
Charlie wins first, second and third with 12 year-old friend - Meredith. May 3, 2006
Austin's Wolf attended his first show and was the Grand Champion of his division! March 12, 2006
"Skinny" now known as Flame Boyant is being ridden by a 13 year old young lady. March 12, 2006
Suzie Maewon and her new mom Nicki Nault of Loganville, GA
Our Success Stories let you share your excitement of Thoroughbred ownership with others who can only dream. They are important to us, as the former trainers and owners are watching to make sure their horses get good homes and are well loved. The Success Stories pre sell Bits & Bytes Farm to the trainers and owners because they know our mission is to place OTTBs into loving homes. This matters to the trainers and owners who care about their horses - those are the kind of trainers we like to buy our horses from.
Cherish the Groom
now has her own Success Stories page.— February 12, 2006
Cherish the Groom. Still growing! - January 2006
Alaskan Crown and Linnea. November 2005
Many horse brokers get horses off-the-track and flip them quickly.
At Bits & Bytes Farm we like to get to know the horse and the
potential owner to make sure we make a good match. We are always
here to offer support and training suggestions. When you buy a
horse from Bits & Bytes Farm you become one of our extended
family members. We are "Match Makers" NOT Horse Brokers!
Stephanie Nissen and French Made aka "Fred E." schooling cross country fences. October 2005
See the full list of Success Stories on the
top right side of this page. Many of our Success Stories are from
people who bought a Prospect Horse, sight
unseen from our Web site. We will only sell a Prospect Horse to people
who have the skills and resources to train a Thoroughbred directly
What is is like to buy a Prospect Horse?
Shannon said it was love at first sight when she saw Missilery
for the first time at the track.
Read Shannon Darby's story about buying Missilery as
a Bits & Bytes Farm Prospect Horse for sale.
and Missilery -June 27, 2005
Success Stories from our Budget Priced Prospect Horses for Sale.
These horses were all purchased sight unseen, with a vet check, from our Prospect Horses for Sale page directly from the trainer/owner with our assistance.
We understand that you might we leery of buying a horse without seeing it. And, that is why we have horses for sale at our farm. But if you have a limited budget and the experience to train a horse we offer our Prospect Horses for Sale. We work
hard to know the personalities and soundness of the Prospect Horses
we sell. We take a lot of the gamble out of buying a horse directly
from the track and save you time and money, too.
All the horses listed down the right side of this page that have an asterisk in front of the name were purchased as Prospect Horses - sight unseen! Read theProspect Horse Success Stories to get an understanding of what it takes to train an off-the-track Thoroughbred. Many of these
horses were purchased from a photo and a vet check. We have many more stories. These are just a few: