Horse Stats
Name: Artful Union
Barn Name: Ari
Age: 2014
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.3 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $400
Location: Xenia, OH
Race Stats
Total Starts: 10
Highlights: G3 Runner
Total Earnings: $98,961
Last Race: 8/10/18
Sire: Munnings
Dam: Heart Union
Other Notable Pedigree: Dixie Union, Holy Bull, Speightstown
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Ari is a laid back, easy-going guy and is always entertaining with his inquisitive personality. He loves to investigate his surroundings, not hesitating to pick up a plastic or grooming bag and wave it around to see what he can shake out of it!  Ari is brave and quiet and will be fantastic as a trail partner, hill topping in the hunt field, or in a therapy program. He is a straightforward kick ride with a soft mouth and even responds to voice commands. He has spent the last several months being let down and coming out of his shell, and he was a perfect gentleman for his first workout back (as shown in the video!).

Ari is beautifully put together and well balanced, truly resembling his grand-sire Dixie Union in all the best ways. He is a stocky type and well muscled, looking fit even after coming right off of 6 months in the field. After making nearly $100K in 10 starts, Ari is glad to have his hard work behind him, and enjoys a slow pace of life.  He tries hard and enjoys having a job, but will be most comfortable with easy flat work after injuring his hind fetlocks at the track. He is comfortable in both english and western tack, is easy to handle and comes when called, stands for grooming, and loads/unloads easily. 


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.