Down Market aka Marky Mark, is a joy to have in the barn! He is the first to greet you in the morning with his deep voice and head tossing for his breakfast! He gets very excited to be fed! He will eat anything in front of him, so keeping weight on him should not be a problem! His muscles are slowly getting use to life outside the track and he is working on adding those holiday lbs!! Marky is a down to earth type dude, who just wants to be a friend and partner. He takes life in stride and doesn’t spook easily! He likes open spaces as mush as possible, crossties are not his favorite but will gladly stand in the aisle for farrier or to tack up. He LOVES treats and will quickly become your friend when you share! Under saddle Marky is more whoa than go and would do awesome in a western saddle. He seems to be a total bro and maybe even looking to have a horseback riding dad as his forever dude!!! He needs love, patience and a slower pace life. Should be suitable for low level disciplines, pleasure riding, or would love trail riding. Suitable for an advanced intermediate student working with a trainer, but will eventually be great for a advanced beginner once he has more training and settles in to his new forever home!
Marky is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he 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 he will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and an 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, 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.