“Finn” is a diamond-in-the rough. This athletic girl retired from racing with only 4 starts and no known injuries AND she is a sweetheart with a willing-to-please attitude. In short, she’s the whole package! Her grey/ roan coloring also makes her a stand-out in any ring. Even though she’s got all this going for her, she is humble, and really enjoys time outside with her buddies. In turnout, she will engage in some play-time, after which she is happy to graze quietly. In the stall she has no vices, and is likes to receive attention when it’s offered, but she is no attention-seeker! Finn would be fine to be handled by an intermediate, since she doesn’t offer any mean behavior, but she likes to have a confident leader.
Under saddle is where Finn takes the limelight! While she is still working on building muscle and confidence, she marches around under saddle like she was born for the show ring. This girl knows she has talent! Finn is also experienced on trails, so she is fine in or out of a ring. We’ve worked with her on refining her skills, and she soaks up every lesson like a sponge! She is learning how to give and collect with great progress since she genuinely likes to work and tackles challenges head-first. Finn is an athlete, and would not be for someone who just wants to ride every once in a while– she prefers being on a schedule, even if that means being ridden once or twice a week. She doesn’t hang on your hand like many green horses do while they’re learning– she is incredibly light on her feet and in your hand! Finn would appreciate having an advanced rider with a soft seat and hands, who can help her to hone her skills, but we could see her being successful in many different disciplines!
Finn is eligible for the RRP’s 2019 TB Makeover or potentially the 2020 TB Makeover given the current competition rules and the date of her last race.
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.