“Romeo” is everything you would expect from his name: a gentleman and a sweetheart! Like many of Bodemeister’s prodigy, he is handsome, intelligent and kind, with movement to boot! Romeo is the kind of guy you would take home to meet mom. Dad might even like him too (*husband horse potential*)!
Romeo is a young and still filling out, but he has a nice, solid build as his foundation. On top of that, his demeanor can’t be beat, as he is easy to handle on the ground as well as for the vet/ farrier.He LOVES bath time and respects crossties or stall ties too. We haven’t had any issues with Romeo’s feet or soundness in training either, so he’s been an easy citizen at the barn!
Romeo is currently on night turnout, and goes out with a couple other geldings. In turnout, Romeo is mid-to-low in the herd. He likes to have friends, but is independent enough to go explore things on his own.
Under saddle Romeo shows a great deal of potential. Even during his first ride in training, she showed an understanding/ willingness to listen to rider aids, and easy disposition under saddle. He was concerned about our big mounting block at first, but even then, he channeled his courage, and marched up to the ‘scary beast,’ despite his concern. With a confident rider who has patience and a soft hand, we’re pretty sure there’s no challenge he couldn’t tackle!
Romeo has three distinct gaits with soft-floaty strides that could be developed, with time, to be successful in any number of disciplines (we expect low-mid level competition would be suitable)! He would be appropriate for at least an intermediate rider experienced in bringing along young horses.
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, we set a fee that will ultimately help each horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means we 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 in work with a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses each horse’s history and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.
While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that costs associated with ongoing care and additional training for each horse after adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront, he or she will have more funds available to cover the continuing costs of properly caring for a horse.