“Parker” is not your average 3 year-old! From day 1 in training, he has been nothing but a sweetheart, with no tantrums or protests to this day. Walk into the barn and you’re likely to see Parker sticking his head outside his stall, waiting to greet the next person coming through. He loves attention from humans, horses and dogs alike! It’s clear in his soft, curious eyes that there isn’t a mean bone in his body! You might also find him napping, which is a favorite pastime of his. He has no stall vices.
In turnout, Parker is an easy buddy. He is not dominant by any means, he’s a submissive type, and yet he doesn’t get picked on by some of our more bully-ish type horses. He gets turned out with one or two other geldings in night turnout, and you can put faith in that he won’t be too goofy outside– he’d rather engage in maybe some soft play but then just graze.
On the ground, Parker is easy to handle. He doesn’t seem to ever take a bad step, and certainly wouldn’t intentionally do anything wrong. He’s a very well-mannered young gelding! Parker stands like a gentleman for the farrier and the vet, as well as for grooming, tacking, mane pulling and general fussing. He doesn’t mind being tied in his stall or at crossties.
Under saddle Parker is exactly what you’d expect given his demeanor on the ground– he is quiet, eager and polite. He will gladly just amble around on a loose rein or plot around in short strides, but he can also summon some extra energy if asked, and go around in longer step with eye-catching movement! He is quite adjustable, especially for his age. We’re working on developing a more topline-engaging self-carriage and bit contact, but he is a quick learner! Parker also enjoys hacking out, and he is a solid citizen on trails. Parker would be suitable for even an advanced intermediate rider who wants to develop a stunning young horse with lots of potential!
ADOPTION FEE POLICY
New Vocations’ adoption fees are intentionally set lower than the cost of buying most Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds through a private seller. In today’s market, it’s not unusual for horses coming right off the track to be listed for sale at a price between $2,000 and $5,000. At New Vocations, a fee is set for each horse that will ultimately help the horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means the program cannot take in an additional horse until one is adopted. Adopters should be encouraged to know that by adopting a horse through New Vocations, they are actually helping two horses transition to careers outside of racing.
Additionally, adopters get great value for their money: The majority of the horses have been in the program for a minimum of 60 days. During that time, horses are rehabilitated (if needed), socialized with other horses, fully evaluated and worked with by a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses the history of each horse and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.
While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that the costs associated with the ongoing care and additional training for each horse post-adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront that he or she will have more funds available to cover the ongoing costs of properly caring for a horse.