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!

Imatexan Fox Hunting

Fox Hunting Balancing Act

It was warm and dry so scenting was going to be tough. We started slowly with ample time for Imatexan to settle in before we hit the first line. I was in the back of first flight and those of us on that tail end happened to see a coyote sneak out behind us and trot off, thinking he had totally outwitted those hounds who must have walked right by him.

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Fame for a Day just isn’t enough – but Six Years…Now We’re Talkin’

Can you believe that Fame For a Day turned nine years old on April 8th? Where does the time go? I feel like I just purchased him from you. What an amazing boy! What an amazing journey! He’s like a fine wine as he just gets better with age!

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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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Sec Cat – “Cat Napping with the Chickens”

Sec Cat aka “Lexington” aka “Lex” has started to settle in to his new home. He has a very sweet nature. He can bend and flex (even to the right). As long as his brain is busy working, he doesn’t spook at all the new things around. Today was a true challenge. I turned the…

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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Vilas County – Finished with Basics, Ready for Training

Just wanted to give you a quick update on Vilas. I told you that we took his shoes off and his feet already improved a lot. I started feeding him Biotin already back in February and now his feet start to show a better quality. He really does pretty well without shoes. I also started…

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I Got In Trouble . . .

She wanted an owner…and person to bond and match up with—she and I do—and she was crankyyyyyyyyyy when I “dumped her” yesterday. Well, can’t say I am the happiest about the attitude…..but then again–not always that keen when my wife cranks one up either, but she’s been a keeper for 31 yrs. The one thing you have to appreciate is that the horse may have been soured on her racing because she didn’t get what she needed…but she is open and responsive to retraining when she does—she doesn’t hold grudges and hasn’t soured on work—she just wants someone to work for…..kind of a touching sentiment from a racehorse.

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Joe Bear Dapples Out

Hey Guys, Just wanted to send some new pics of Joe BearĀ  from the weekend. I want to get some more of him dry so his dapples show more. They are all down his sides and over his hind quarters! A real dappled bay.

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What Every Woman Wants – a Great “Groom”!

I just wanted to let you know how delighted I am with my “Mail Order Groom”. He is beautiful, and seems very quiet and sane and very sweet! I’ve not done much with him as he seems a little stiff and footsore (my farrier has also trimmed him), just some ground work, a little lunging…

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Building a Bond with an OTTB

Molly and Antioch after just four months have built a bond and trust between them that could never be matched if she had purchased a ‘made’ horse. Starting a young horse or an off-the-track Thoroughbred takes time and dedication. Most teenage girls just want to be showing and winning ribbons not spending time training a horse. Molly is different, she is enjoying the training process and is taking the time to do all the little steps that will allow her to bond with Anitoch and they will become partners. Watch this video of Molly and Antioch and see how doing ground work and spending time has paid off with a special bond. Great work Molly.