S.R. King of Queens . . . and Tears


S. R. King of Queens just six months after being listed on the Bits & Bytes Farm Web site as a Prospect Horse For Sale. He was sold to racing before we could find him a home. This is his photo as listed on the CANTER Web site January 28, 2009. See his before photo below. Please make a donation to a Thoroughbred rescue group like CANTER. You might not be able to save this horse, but you can make a difference in the lives of many other Thoroughbreds.

Hi Elizabeth,
Oh my gosh, I am in tears looking at the before and after pictures of that sweet boy. This is so, so upsetting to me. As luck would have it, Noah came down to my room because he’d had a bad dream and saw me crying. I didn’t click off the picture soon enough and Noah saw it. Of course he asked and I explained; he’s sitting with me right now rather quiet too.

Read more about Ronni’s son Noah on our Mission Statement page.

I wish I had the means to take more horses on. Seeing my beautiful Kwinn thrive in his life away from the track, I see what is possible with patience, love and kindness. I wish everyone considering an OTTB could see him enjoying running with his buddies in the field, rolling in the mud, laying in the sunshine, checking my pockets for carrots, learning to be a dressage horse, gently nuzzling my boys and just being a horse. It doesn’t get any better than that.

S. R. King of Queens was a Prospect Horse For Sale on the Bits & Bytes Farm Web site in June 2008.

S. R. King of Queens was a Prospect Horse For Sale on the Bits & Bytes Farm Web site in June 2008.

You can feel free to use this next bit or not, but I feel I would be doing Kwinn a disservice if I didn’t say this. . .

Here’s my plea to everyone visiting your website…..and looking at the Prospect horses available. OTTBs are wonderfully kind, with huge hearts and a desire to please their person. It might be scary to buy a horse sight unseen, but Elizabeth and her contacts are your eyes….and you can trust that they will help you find the perfect horse for you. And, it doesn’t end there. Bits & Bytes is there every step of the way with training advice and encouragement to help you and your horse have a successful partnership. I remember the excitement (and a bit of apprehension) the day we brought Kwinn home from the track so vividly….it’s been almost two years…..and I’m here to say, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

I hope all the prospect horses on your site find good homes…..and thanks for all you do to help them get off the track and make successful transitions.

All best,
Ronni and Kwinn

We try really hard to find homes for all the horses listed on our Prospect Horses For Sale page on the Bits & Bytes Farm Web site. We don’t always succeed. S. R. King of Queens was one of the most memorable horses we tried to find a home for. He was kind and gentle and just wanted to be someone’s special friend. Instead, he was sold down in racing and from the looks of him, he is not doing well. See a listing of Thoroughbred Rescue sites on the Bits & Bytes Farm Web site’s Links page.

Dr. Kenny Winn with Josh is on the left in the white shirt (he's 4 1/2 years old) and Noah is in the dark shirt (he's now 6 years old).

Dr. Kenny Winn and mom Ronni with Josh is on the left (he's 4 1/2 years old) and Noah on the right (he's now 6 years old).