Rocky Bear & Elizabeth

Rocky Bear and Bits & Bytes Farm owner - Elizabeth

This Web site was created to tell the stories of the Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds Bits & Bytes Farm has sold. The Mission of Bits & Bytes Farm is to help sellers (of Thoroughbred racehorses for sale) to find buyers who have the ability to transition these horses to new careers. We offer assistance and guidance to make sure the horses we sell are successfully placed. Our Success Stories are proof that Thoroughbred racehorses make great sport horses and family members when their racing careers are over.

When a horse is purchased with the assistance of Bits & Bytes Farm, we require the new owners to 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 care about these wonderful Thoroughbreds and they too enjoy reading about their horses' successful new careers. They often call or e-mail to thank us for finding a home for a horse they bred or trained. To learn more about Bits & Bytes Farm and our mission please visit our Web site at: www.BitsandBytesFarm.com.

Bits & Bytes Farm is to help sellers (of Thoroughbred racehorses for sale) to find buyers who have the ability to transition these horses to new careers. We offer assistance and guidance to make sure the horses we sell are successfully placed. Our Success Stories are proof that Thoroughbred racehorses make great sport horses and family members when their racing careers are over.

Be sure to visit our Facebook page, YouTube channel, websites and G+ page to learn more about Bits & Bytes Farm and the Thoroughbreds we have found second careers for. Links are at the top of this page. Enjoy!

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Grayboo Moves Up to Prelim

I have an exciting update on Grayboo and Amanda. They had a dressage score of 39 – not bad for their first attempt at this level and then proceeded to jump a clean stadium round. The course was not ideal for Grayboo – it was very spread out and gave Grayboo a chance to build speed from jump to jump, but Amanda managed to get him around OK (that and he absolutely can’t stand to touch a jump). Grayboo was an absolute super star on cross country – he jumped clean and Amanda finished 7 seconds over the optimum time, so added 2.8 penalties to their dressage score. I was surprised that Amanda was able to finish close to time her first time out. They finished 10th in a large Open Prelim division of 24.

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“Irish’s” First Day in Maine includes First Lesson

Irish looks good. We started him on a good feeding program (CarbSafe, beet pulp and corn oil). My farrier and dentist are coming this week. We had our first lesson today and it was great! We worked on the ground for half the lesson, then I got on and did some walk, trot, and halt work. Didn’t do too much.…

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“Marvin” is a Joy

Marvin has gained weight nicely, and the vet wants him to gain another 200 pounds! With the added weight and cooler temperatures, Marvin is feeling more ambitious. Nevertheless, he is always safe and sane. I can’t say enough nice things about him.

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Ex-Race Horse Turns Show Horse!

Vicky Vicky Vicky was not in the ribbons at her first official jump show and is our champion for going around the course like a champ only jumping for 5 weeks!

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There’s a “Bear” in my Backyard!

Got Um Smoke Um aka Bear enjoying a leisurely college lifestyle We are back at college and Smokey is enjoying a pretty easy life right now, not showing or anything, just too busy this senior year. I’m teaching organic chemistry lab and staying busy with lots of upper-level classes, ugh. Bear is so incredibly sweet;…

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Helmet – check, Phone – check, Brakes – check, Seatbelt?

December was full of new experiences for Tux (aka Bato Loco) and me. We went on our first field trip to another farm to ride. He loaded beautifully; however, he whinnied the entire drive. I wonder if he thought I was sending him back to the track! We were both nervous, but I think we…

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A “Fat” Chance!

Finder’s Chance is doing fine. We are fattening him up for the winter. He has had light work this fall because of a strange injury that laid him up for a couple of weeks. He came in one day with a scrape on this fetlock and swelling and smelling like a skunk! Maybe he got…

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Doxology Begins his New Career

Just getting back to you with some pictures. As I was saying, Dox is a very sweet boy and is really responding to the love and attention he’s getting. I have a trainer helping me who has rehabilitated two Thoroughbreds of her own. Dox is willing, very smart and surprisingly calm for a four y/o…

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Avrispecial – SOLD! June 2008

SOLD! Congratulations Amy Place of Canton, GA This was his Prospect Horse FOR SALE information: Avrispecial is a 17hh, 2003 bay gelding. He is kind and gentle. He is about to begin his new career as a sport horse with Amy Place of Canton, GA. Congratulations on the purchase of this gentle giant. Click here…

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Dixon’s Chief – SOLD! July 2008

SOLD! Congratulations Amy Place of Canton, GA on your second OTTB addition! This was his Prospect Horse FOR SALE information: Dixon’s Chief was foaled in 2005. He is a 16 and a half hand gelding. Chief literally backed off the trailer at the farm and they thru a western saddle on him and rode him.…