Connie A is as relaxed and laid-back as they come. How many other young horses will fall asleep while being clipped and examined by the veterinarian? She has a kind disposition and a gentle nature, and will easily steal your heart. She is quiet in the barn and gets along well in the middle of her turnout group of mares, has no vices, and excellent ground manners. She is regularly ridden bareback in a halter and prefers the slow life. Connie will make an excellent partner for low level dressage, competitive trail classes, and trail riding.
Her disposition and mentality are far beyond her 5 years, and she gives no hint that she was a racehorse just a short time ago! She retired with a slight injury and had plenty of time to rest, she should continue to improve with conditioning. Connie is not picky about her handling or her people, she is well suited to a novice rider looking for a go-with-the flow type horse.
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.