You found a horse on the Prospect
Horses page. What now?
Call ASAP. Sometimes these Prospect Horses go quickly
because they are priced for a quick sale by the owner/trainer. We
will tell you what we know about the horse and put you in touch with
the seller. We will also help you to arrange for vetting and shipping. It is usually not possible to visit the horse at the track. If you are not comfortable buying a horse without seeing it, then you will not want to pursue getting a Prospect Horse for Sale.
Miss with Attitude stretching her legs upon
arriving at Bits & Bytes Farm from the racetrack in Kentucky.
"I've never bought a horse from a photo before!" - a true
quote from a buyer of one of our prospect horses.
Let's walk through a real live example of a Prospect
We'll use our 2005 February Prospect One
as an example. We will take you through the process and explain how
to get the best deals on Thoroughbreds.
Here is the original information from the Prospect
Prospect One - SOLD!
Miss with Attitude and at the race track
This filly is just four years old and 15'1 but still growing.
She has a heavier quarter horse build. She loves to be ridden,
has a great personality. Her trainer says she is very friendly,
should go right into whatever you want her to do. She is sound.
This horse is a character and well loved by the trainer.
This miss is a Danzig granddaughter. We recently sold Wiseguy's
Out to Dr. Jennifer Dunlap of Memphis, TN. He is also Danzig grandson. The event riders
like this breeding and I had them fighting over Wiseguy's
Out. Both horses have the same sire: Outflanker. She
looks like she has the same build as Wiseguy's Out.
Wiseguy's Out is showing great promise in his
jumping and dressage with his new mom and aunt and we expect
he will do well as an event horse and fox hunter. You might
remember Elizabeth fox hunted Wiseguy's Out
at the opening meet for Shakerag Hounds in October. He was just
about a month off-the track at that time.
Wiseguy's Out has the same sire as our February Prospect One.
They have a similar build.
She is very well bred with Alydar, Raise a Native (top and
bottom), Native Dancer, Mr. Prospector, Northern Dancer, Buckpasser,
Tom Fool, Runaway Groom, Nearctic and many other top horses
in her pedigree.
If you like her, she can be vet checked at the track. X-rays
are just $10 per x-ray at this track. Many more buyers are taking
advantage of our direct from the track best price option for
getting an off-the-track Thoroughbred. We will assist you through
every step of the purchase process including getting the horse
to your farm.
Miss With Attitude has been SOLD!
Step One - Call Bits & Bytes Farm
The prospective buyer of 2005 February Prospect One contacted us.
We shared what information we had about the horse and found out what
experience level the prospective buyer had. We
will not sell a horse directly from the track to children or inexperienced
riders. We may
waive that rule if there is an adult trainer involved. We want the
horse to get the best possible training so that it will go on to a
successful second career.
Miss with Attitude looks over Bits & Bytes
After speaking with the prospective buyer, we determined that it
was a possible match.
Step Two - Deposit the cost of the horse in the Bits & Bytes Farm
The prospective buyer deposits the full cost of the horse into the
Bits & Bytes
Farm bank account. We fax back a confirmation letter stating that
the money is 100% refundable until the Bill of Sale is signed by
the buyer and faxed to Bits & Bytes Farm. The buyer is then given
the trainer's contact information and
the registered name of the horse so that the pedigree
and race records can be checked. Should the buyer not like what the
trainer has to say about the horse or if the horse does not vet out,
100% of the deposit is returned to the buyer. Look at our
FAQ page to get an idea
of Prospect Horses' pricing. We have
learned by experience that when the money is deposited the trainers
know we have a serious buyer and they are willing to speak with
the buyers. They do not have time to talk with everyone who is
interested in their horse. That is why they have hired us to act
as their broker. The owner/trainer sets the horse's price and we
add a fee for our service. Please do not haggle with the seller
on the price. We want the owner/trainer to call us again when they
have a horse that needs a new career. If we beat them up on price
for your horse, we won't get any more horses from them. When the
money is held in escrow by Bits & Bytes Farm, the owner/trainer
knows we have a serious buyer and everything moves smoothly. Vet
checks happen fast and the horse might be shipped out the next
day so money in the bank keeps the process quick. These trainers
are needing stalls and we cannot wait days or weeks to
finish the transaction.
Step Three - Talk with the Owner/Trainer
The prospective buyer should speak with the owner/trainer and ask
detailed information on training, temperament and soundness of the
horse. The prospective buyer will then let us know that a
vet check is requested or that they want their money returned. We
don't want your money if you don't want the horse.
Step Four - The Vet Check
A horse may be still racing but have soreness from racing or even
an injury that might be unknown to the trainer, so a vet check is
always recommended and required. Either the owner, trainer or Bits & Bytes
Farm will supply the name(s) and number(s) of vet(s) who are at
the track or farm and can do the vet check. The buyer my choose
to find a vet on their own. The buyer should vet the
horse out to a level that makes them feel comfortable about buying
the horse. The vet
check may consist of only flexing and checking the eyes and heart
or it can be a full fledged vet check with x-rays or ultra-sounds.
These x-rays can be sent to your local vet if you choose and if
time allows. If this is something you wish done, you should order
digital x-rays to save time.
Miss with Attitude is looked over by her new
mom and "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm", Paula.
Always keep in mind that the horse has raced and there may be some
changes in the x-rays and these should be discussed with the vet to
determine if the horse will hold up for your discipline. Seldom does
any horse ever have perfect x-rays or absolutely everything perfect
-- even if the horse has never raced. Be realistic about what you
want to do with the horse and discuss that with the vet. Don't say
the horse has to be able to be an advanced event horse if you have
never even competed before. You might end up missing out on a horse
that would take you through to training level and that's more than
you really have the desire to do. Expect a vet check to start at about
$50 and go up depending on the number of x-rays you take. Many horses
with old injuries such as osseletts and bowed tendons still are suitable
for careers with low level jumping or at the very least dressage or
trail riding. These horses are very reasonably priced and sometimes
Our 2005 February Prospect Horse One
was vetted out to the prospective buyer's satisfaction and horse's
second career path as an eventor, so all that was left was to get
her to the buyer.
Step Five - Get the Horse Home
You are welcome to go pick up the horse yourself or Bits & Byes
Farm will help you arrange for shipping of your horse. We have shipped
horses to California to Maine and states inbetween. We have even
shipped a horse to Mexico.
Miss with Attitude has lovely movement and
should be suitable for an eventing career.
Once again Bits & Bytes Farm is there to assist. Sometimes we
are going to the track on a buying trip and can pick up your horse
when we are there. Sometimes the trainer will be bringing horses
to our farm and your horse can share a ride and you can pick it
up at our farm. Bits & Bytes Farm can also recommend professional
haulers that we know and trust who will deliver your horse door-to-door
from the track to your farm. Ballpark shipping at a dollar per
mile. With gas prices constantly on the rise, this number could vary.
The cost can vary depending on location of the horse and your farm
and if the hauler has other horses going your way.
Miss with Attitude ak a"POCO"
enjoying the pasture at Bits & Bytes Farm.
We arranged for the trainer of 2005 February
Prospect Horse One to deliver the horse to Bits &
Bytes Farm as we were having another horse brought to us from the
track as well. The prospective buyer was waiting at Bits & Bytes
Farm when the horse was delivered. After a "look over" we
turned the horse out into the pasture to see how she moved. She was
lovely. She was soon loaded onto
another trailer for the short ride home to Griffin, Georgia and the
start of a new life away from the racetrack.
Congratulations to Laura Durham-Dixon on the purchase of
2005 February Prospect Horse One - Miss with Attitude aka "Poco".
Elizabeth, Thank you for your hospitality yesterday and for knowing
Becky and finding Poco! We made it to Griffin without any problems-thankfully
the thunderstorm held off till later. I took her to my trainer's barn
for at least the first couple of days. We don't live at our land yet,
and I have to work, so I will take her over to the land later this
week when I can be out there and make sure she settles in alright.
Our other horses out there are pretty easygoing, but you know how
they have to get all excited when somebody new comes in. She made
friends with my Oldenburg (that you met at Imti/Gigi last year) at
Lisa's barn last night.
I really enjoyed meeting Becky and seeing Linda again. Thanks
again, and I'll keep you posted on how we're doing!