Are you looking for a spicy, spunky mare who’s looking for her next partner in crime as she begins her new adventure? Then this beautiful girl is just what the doctor ordered for you! With her gorgeous forelock and elegant features, “Diva” as she is affectionately known around the barn, catches the eye of everyone who comes to the facility. She is definitely the pretty girl in the herd and isn’t afraid to make her mark with her new career. Though her racing career was short-lived, she is ambitiously jumping head-first into learning a new skill set.
While lively, Diva’s personality is endearing and she would thrive with having her own person to be her BFF! She likes to be loved on, and is very loyal and wants to please once you have won her heart. She has great manners on the ground and stands in crossties, leads double, and stands for the farrier like a well-mannered lady. Diva prefers a handler who treats her with respect and doesn’t nag her – and she will return that respect in kind. In turnout, Diva is in the middle of the herd, she does not pick on the others and tends to avoid challenging the boss mares. She is great for having her mane pulled and enjoys being bathed and groomed (hence her barn name).
Under saddle, Diva has more go than whoa. She is forward thinking but responsive and soft to the hand and leg. She prefers a lighter rider, who is patient and quiet, as she does not appreciate someone who wants to pick fights with her. Diva has displayed no naughty behavior under saddle but does occasionally throw her head when she gets impatient. She is a smart girl who likes a changing routine and new challenges. Diva has been ridden both huntseat and western and seems to enjoy the different questions asked of her while training. She is working on sharpening her transitions and getting stronger/more balanced at the canter.
On August 24th, Diva was part of the group that went to our New Vocations hunter pace at Scheffelridge Farm and hacked out in the group like a pro! She was a total professional riding out in fields and along the trail!
Diva is suitable for both huntseat and western, but would be best suited for a flat-only career. Her ideal home would be as a pleasure/trail mount with an experienced rider.
Diva is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such she will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, where she will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and Western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and in-hand classes).
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.