Eagle Valley, affectionately referred to as “Egg” around the barn, is a kind, big baby. Don’t tell the other horses what a lovebug he can be though– he has a reputation to keep up! Just like a true young gelding, Egg likes to think he’s one of the rambunctious youngsters in the field, but actually, he’s content to just watch the action happen, and pretend he’s involved. Egg has been turned out both in a bigger group, and also with just one other buddy. In both situations, he likes to have company, but doesn’t cause conflict. We’ve caught him and his buddy sharing the same piece of hay even, Lady and the Tramp style! He’s a goof if nothing else. His buddy, Fiesta Oasis, and he, are known around the barn for their entertainment as a duo.
On the ground, Egg can still act a little silly and babyish, but he never acts maliciously, he knows his manners. For what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in willingness to learn. He is well-mannered on crossties, a pleasure to hold for the farrier, and doesn’t mind grooming or clippers. Scratch his head and you’ll instantly make a friend!
Under saddle, Egg is a standout prospect for eventing, jumpers, or dressage (among other disciplines). Egg is an athletic guy with nice, uphill, movement and a big ground-covering stride. He is also both responsive and relaxed– the perfect mix of ‘whoa’ and ‘go.’ Egg is a good listener in the saddle, so he really only needs to be asked with light aids to get a response. Cantering is particularly comfortable on Egg, and he is pretty evenly balanced, with easy leads both directions. Even though he never raced and is only three years-old, he exudes confidence. He is not shy in new situations, and he really enjoys figuring out new challenges.
Egg would be a great show horse for an intermediate rider working with a trainer for low-mid-level work! While he does have soft palate displacement, a structured bit that holds his tongue down is beneficial and makes it essentially unnoticeable.
Eagle Valley is eligible for the RRP’s 2019 TB Makeover, or potentially the 2020 TB Makeover (his last workout was 7/21/18).
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.