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I called regarding an OTTB that B&B had on their website. I talked to both B&B and the in house trainer - both conversations were great. I was contacted the next day by B&B and told that I needed to... make a decision because although, they thought I was the best match for the horse they had many other people who wanted to purchase the horse. I wasn't ready to make a decision and they weren't happy - not one little bit. It's been a month and the horse is still listed for sale. I've owned and ridden horses for 32 yrs. I know a horse trader when I see one.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
Ignore the negative comments made by people who have their own axes to grind. There is simply no better place to board your horse than B&B, and no better people to buy a horse from than Elizabeth and... Barry. I bought my horse as a prospect horse through them, and board him there. He gets such excellent care! They treat their boarding horses just like they treat their own horses, with the same excellent care and lots of loving attention. Quality feed, excellent care, attention to detail, and lots and lots of FREE instruction and training -- that's what you can expect from B&B. What's not to like? I seriously think my horse would run away and come back there if I tried to move him, he loves it so much.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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I called regarding an OTTB that B&B had on their website. I talked to both B&B and the in house trainer - both conversations were great. I was contacted the next day by B&B and told that I needed to make a decision because although, they thought I was the best match for the horse they had many other people who wanted to purchase the horse. I wasn't ready to make a decision and they weren't happy - not one little bit. It's been a month and the horse is still listed for sale. I've owned and ridden horses for 32 yrs. I know a horse trader when I see one.
Ignore the negative comments made by people who have their own axes to grind. There is simply no better place to board your horse than B&B, and no better people to buy a horse from than Elizabeth and Barry. I bought my horse as a prospect horse through them, and board him there. He gets such excellent care! They treat their boarding horses just like they treat their own horses, with the same excellent care and lots of loving attention. Quality feed, excellent care, attention to detail, and lots and lots of FREE instruction and training -- that's what you can expect from B&B. What's not to like? I seriously think my horse would run away and come back there if I tried to move him, he loves it so much.
Elizabeth and Barry are incredibly generous with their time and dedication to helping OTTB's find new careers and owners. I bought my OTTB 2 years ago. He boards at Bits & Bytes Farm. It's been a wonderful experience. They understand these horses and care about each individual. They quietly give their time, advice, guidance to help you understand each horse so you can build a strong partnership. My OTTB has blossomed at Bits & Bytes Farm and matured into a hearty sport horse. This has been the best experience in my life.
I was a friend for 2 years before I bought my TB and board there. I love it!I rode Pony Club and eventing as a youngster and now enjoy cantering through the woods and jumping small jumps at 55 years young. Now taking dressage lessons and loving that too. We have a great group of women (mostly my age) who love horses and like to hang out and go on Hunter paces and trail rides. It is a great fit for me; my horse is extremely happy. I don't have to worry about anything with the care of my horse.
Honestly, the complaint I have is NOT against the beautiful horses that Bits and Bytes Farm obtains. It is the sales practices that goes on with Elizabeth, who is the proprietor. If you look at their site, most of the buyers are first time buyers with little to no experience. A recent article by a "First Time Buyer" quotes that she was reassured by Elizabeth if this were not a good time for her, it would be ok with her and the trainer that was selling the horse. BULL! And in a previous vent by Elizabeth, she stated how frustrated she was by people who pull out of deal (for whatever reason...it happens all the time in the horse industry) and accused a friend of mine of being a tire kicker. That friend now owns 3 event horses and co-runs a very successful boarding and training facility. So many contradictions. See for yourself and examine their site. Be weary when dealing with them...the horses are sweet, some even turn out to be wonderful competition horses. But they are NOT the only game in town. Maple Shade Farm and Brookwood Sport Horses also deal in OTTB's.
I can personally highly recommend Bits and Bytes Farm to anyone looking to board or buy a horse. I purchased my horse off the track and now board him at B&B. He is not an appliance, he did not come with a warranty...and that's o.k. Buying an OTTB is not for everyone, yes there is obviously a risk involved when buying a horse sight unseen. However, this does not make Bits & Bytes Farm a bad place to buy or board a horse. They know thoroughbreds inside and out and will give your horse exceptional care because that is what they do. It is the only way they know how to run a barn...the horses come first, not the money and not the people...and I can attest personally that my horse is thriving in their care. I would not have it any other way.
The owners at Bits & Bytes Farm are extremely passionate about horses. Elizabeth has a big heart and treats everyone fairly and honestly. She has placed countless horses that have made a huge impact in the lives of their owners. Just check out the Success Stories of the Web site at BitsandBytesFarm dot com. There is no better care for horse boarding in and around Canton, Georgia or the Atlanta area!
The intent of this couple in saving the horses off the track is straight from the heart. Just Watch out if you choose to board there! The care of the horses is wonderful..but stand by if you ever cross these people, they turn wicked! My friend boarded there and when she decided to move her horse, all heck broke loose. They take a move way too personal and make it miserable for the person moving. For some reason they think no one else knows how to care for horses. They are very controlling. Buy a horse, here, yes..board here, no!
1. Convincing potential customers into purchasing a TB sight unseen (w/a track vet's prepurchase exam...DO NOT USE the seller's vet!...it is a conflict of interest). 2. Questionable marketing...guilt tripping 1st time naive horse buyers that the fate of ALL OTTB's relies on them buying said unseen horses. They may have hock issues, crumbling feet, over at the knee, osselets, bone chips, old bows, etc. Chiropractic care is often needed, groceries to be fed, let down time, and in some cases corrective shoeing. 2. Excellent care...with three feedings a day with boo coos of supplements. Yes, very attentive to TB's diets there, however suggestion, just feed a quality feed, plenty of hay, and plenty of turn out. 3. People skills are absolutely deplorable. Elizabeth seems very kind at the start when you first meet her, but the switch turns on and off easily. Calloused and cynical. It will make your head spin. Concerned only about the horses...guess who pays the bills...the owners. Treat horses AND people with respect! 4. States the horses at her facility have received more training...thus the hike in price. Amateurs get in the saddle and put the mileage on..not professionals on a consistant basis. 5. Success stories posted are wonderful. However, the training, time, effort, money...for the most part are horses that went to professional trainers and their riders...they should get the credit for the successes..not Bits and Bytes.
This is, not exaggerating, the best 'horsey' place I have ever ridden/taken lessons at, and also bought a horse! It's not a posh country club setting, but it is luxurious for the horses in that all the people that help out there love the horses so much, and it's reflected in the way they treat the horses. I was especially wowed to see how meticulous the feed program was, and how the website ( which I watched for almost two years before going to the farm, don't wait as long as I did!) portrayed so well what all goes on at the farm, and how exactly the owners fulfill their mission to help wonderful OTTB's find their perfect person match for their new careers. As the site said, it is so obvious that Bits & Bytes isn't a sales barn, its profession is matchmaking. They did it with me and my horse ! Ottbsuccessstories dot com says what all of us that have worked with the farm think!
I purchased my horse from Elizabeth and board him there now. She obtains the horses usually directly from the tracks, some are resales from previous owners. She does not "mark" them up as stated below, the ones that are marked up are the horses that have had training since coming from the track or in some cases, by the Owner/Trainer before leaving the track. She cares for them as they are her own horses and offers training /advice to all new OTTB owners/riders either there at the farm or via communications. This is not a lesson barn or a show barn, simply a group of horse lovers that want to ride and enjoy their horses. If you are a rider and interested in having fun and learning without the enormous fees that most barns charge, in fact usually only in exchange for exercising the horses and helping with chores around the barn!
I met Elizabeth & Barry in the fall of 2005 and was immediately impressed with what they do. They have a barn full of *very* nice thoroughbreds that are off-the-track. Elizabeth has hand picked every horse in her barn and has worked hard to retrain them for a new career slowly and correctly. I rode at B&B for about 6 months, helping to retrain the horses, and was continually impressed. When it comes time to buy my own horse, Elizabeth will be the first person I contact. She will work hard to find a horse that meets your needs, is appropriate for your experience level, and exceeds your expectations.
I am a "friend" of Bits and Bytes Farm. Elizabeth and Barry are some of the hardest working, most generous people I know. They work hard at their "real" job (designing websites) so they can help to rehome and retrain these off track Thoroughbreds to GREAT homes. They work hard to ensure both the horse and the human are happy and right for each other. Elizabeth works with contacts at the race tracks (not CANTER) to find "prospect" horses that people can purchase directly from the track at a very cheap price. Once they come to the farm, the price increases because they do recieve professional training from Elizabeth and her dressage trainers, which is why the price is more than what you would see on CANTER. Great barn, huge stalls, intensive feed program, excellent footing, and beautiful trails are just a bonus!
wonderful staff whose mission is to match potential buyers to the right horse. I wish all stables were this conscientious! Knowing the horses through time and training is the most educated and the best way to get them into good homes. Fabulous website!
I saw the website of this stable and they seem great. They have lots of horses for sale and they are a great place for Thoroughbreds that don't race.