Dazzling Deputy certainly has the commanding stature of a police deputy. Standing just under 16.1hh, this big bodied guy is impressive in appearance and has a nice presence about him. Looks aside, he’s really a teddy bear who’s happy to do whatever is asked of him!
The video is of his very first ride since arrival to New Vocations, he is quiet and steady in the arena and hacking out, both on his own and with company. He hasn’t logged many rides with us yet, but has been willing and receptive to everything thus far, showing that he will be easy to bring along. He retired with no injuries reported and has no limitations for his second career. “Deputy” is eligible for the 2020 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover and will be a fun project for an intermediate rider.
Deputy is in the beginning stages of training, so he is learning what canter leads are, how to balance and bend, and the proper response to rider aids. He has no vices and gets long easily with other geldings in turnout.
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.