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.
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“Sage” is (at) Home on the Range
Home…Home on the range (in Texas)…..Sage is now finally here with me and he has a new best friend Tiger. Both of them are 4 year-old OTTBs and they are both beautiful fiery red chestnuts. You would think they are long lost brothers, because they are inseparable. They don’t leave each others side….even though they are turned out with three other horses. If you take one of them away from the other they whinny at each other it’s hilarious.
New Focus on Jumping Brings out the Best in Irish
Irish is doing wonderfully! His trot has come a long way and is incredible – forward and flowing. We are now working on his canter. Trying to convince him to use that BIG hind end of his! He’s getting it! I decided to jump him for the first time to see if I could find…
Gold Commander One is the barn charmer. Everyone, despite themselves, loves this big guy. Frankly, he puts the warmbloods to shame with his good mind and pleasant manners. He enjoys his work, the attention, and being out in the ring with other horses. He also likes to watch other lessons, just like Becky said he watched other horses at the track exercise in the morning.
First Lesson on Antioch
Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds are easy to train but it sometimes helps to have someone coaching and encouraging you. Too often all you get is criticism because of peoples’ lack of knowledge about ex-race horses.
OTTB Gold’s Anatomy Excels at Natural Horsemanship Clinic
This past weekend Laura’s Pony Club had a three day Karen Scholl natural horsemanship clinic and Laura took Goldie. The horses had to wear hula hoops and balloons, walk over tarps and have them pulled over the top of their heads. They eventually were riding around with a halter and lead rope with a huge moving pink balloon blowing around in the middle of the arena while Karen cracked a whip. Goldie was a star!!! No one could believe he is a five year old Thoroughbred off the track, he handled everything so well.
Titania aka “Titanium” Sails Home to Her New Mom!
Titania arrived at her new home yesterday, November 19, around 3:30 PM. She unloaded and was totally calm and relaxed, despite the cold weather and the seven horses staring at her from their fields. She went into her stall and looked out the window and watched the other horses and they were led inside. She…
Snow Days Mean Slow Days for Eleanor’s Groom
The horse (Eleanor’s Groom) is doing great, gaining weight and figuring out his place in the herd. No new bites for a couple of weeks now! He’s happy. My husband (the equine vet, specializing in dental) did a number on him. He had some caps that needed to be pulled and one weird tooth that…
Avrispecial Appreciates Adjustment
The chiropractor came over on Saturday evening. Avri’s pelvis needed to be adjusted. He also did some adjustments in his neck. Avri was falling asleep on him when he adjusted his neck! He did not even mind having his pelvis adjusted, he never even tried…
Barbo Gettin Down and Dirty at his New Digs
Barbo is doing great! I think he really likes it at the new farm. He has about 20 acres to run around on and a lake as well….which I know he has been wading in on the warmer days because he comes in all dirty from his belly down…lol. There are several horses that he hangs out with…I don’t think he is the boss though, but does have buddies.
Da’Boyz First Horse Show
I took Dakota Spirit and Chilletecaux to a schooling show at Ashland Farm. They were so good. First time in the horse show atmosphere had them big eyed and on their toes. Even laid back Dakota got an extra burst of energy! We did two show jump classes each as I didn’t want to over do it the first time away from home jumping.