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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Always a Thrill – Another Former OTTB’s First Canter

We cantered for the first time today! I was inspired watching “Hollywood” and his mom, Cherie, as they cantered for the first time, they looked so happy working together. Bubs and I just had to try it. We needed the lunge line to get there but with Elizabeth’s encouragement, Bubba went forward like a champ.…

Trail Riding Off-the-Track Thoroughbred Tillo in Colorado

Tillo – Race Horse to Trail Horse

Tillo is turning out to be an “old soul trail horse”…10,000 feet, he leads 4 other horses across a frozen stream…through chest high willows in a bog! I can’t believe it. He’s not so great in the ring yet but we’re having such a great fall I don’t want to go there yet.

Elizabeth’s Note: Check out the new Web site we have just created for Flying Horse Ranch. It is a great place to have an equestrian event or even a wedding or family reunion. Bring your horses and go trail riding and camp out. Check out the Flying Horse Ranch Web site and give Lydia a call to plan your visit to the ranch.

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German Import Gets American Thoroughbred

As soon as it was certain, that we were going to move from Munich in Germany to Huntsville, Alabama, I started searching for the “perfect” horse on the other side of the world…. and soon got hooked on 4 year old Rule My Heart. It took some time, but then Heart finally moved from Kentucky to Alabama, almost a week before we would actually be moving. So here I was with a horse, I had never seen in real life and which I would not even be able to welcome home, since his new home was still not my new home.

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“Marvin” aka Me Tru Checks In

Marvin has settled in amazingly quickly. He acts like a seasoned traveler.He was quiet exiting the trailer, and has had great manners from that moment on.

Rule My Heart First Trail Ride

OTTB: Off-Track-Trail-Boss

Seeing Heart walking around out there like he’s been doing it all his life and loving it, it is simply impossible to believe this guy has ever been a race horse. Somewhere along the way to me he must have been confused with another horse 😉 But whoever he is, I’m keeping him… he’s just great! 🙂

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Carmac Jumping Intermediate X-Country Fences

Hey Elizabeth, Thought I would send you a short clip of Carmac and Bill Hoos schooling the intermediate road crossing at Ocala last month! He is such a cool horse, I just love him! Hope all is well! Hope you enjoy, I had a video of all his schooling highlights but it was taking so…

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Reign Day Has a Quiet Rainy Day

I have to say, I’m pretty sure that Reign Day is not very impressed with the climate here in Massachusetts so far–today was overcast and dreary and it rained on and off. He had a very laid-back, quiet, “settle-in” day. I played with him in the aisle, gave him a good long groom, did his carrot stretches and a bit of backing up.

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Ronnie – SOLD! November 2008

SOLD! Congratulations Jen McKee of Pasadena, MD! Here was his Prospect Horse FOR SALE information: “Ronnie” is a 2000, 16’3 hh grey Thoroughbred gelding for sale. He has personality plus with lots of love to give. He is very well mannered on the ground and when being ridden. He is everyone’s favorite horse at the…

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Antioch – Three Week Update

Molly’s riding skills have expanded while riding her OTTB! She and Antioch are building a wonderful relationship and learning to speak the same language. Her trainer is really helping us and I think is becoming quite fond of him too! He is the sweetest horse we have ever owned!

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First Ride Conclusion: Aly is da Bomb!!!

Ok, that title looks like not a very good description for a horse, especially one that behaved so fantastically on our first ride together, but he is an explosion of awesomeness for me. I’m still in that silent awe at how sweet Tucks St. Aly is, and how good he’s been to me. On the…