Still searching for your Valenetine? Chisum is a true gentleman, very well behaved and sweet. He’s a gem! Easy to handle on the ground and under saddle, his kind eye and friendly demeanor will quickly steal your heart. He has an air of confidence about him that gives the impression of a seasoned horse and provides a sense of security to those around him. He has been known to flirt with the ladies, but is easily turned off with a gentle reminder that he’s not “all that”.
This unraced son of Bernardini is eligible for the 2019 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover as he does have registered workouts. He is quiet in the tack, responsive to rider aids, and will likely be easy to bring along in any discipline by an intermediate rider in a program. Chisum has a great work ethic and is the same horse each time he comes out. He showed promise as a racehorse, but needed to cut back from the strain of training on his body. He likely has some growing left to do and will appreciate a slower pace of life. He’s currently barefoot and happy! In his turnout group of geldings that play and socialize, he is at the top without being a bully.
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.