Gentleman Friend is a royally bred horse and it sure shows– he’s all class! A kind, sweet horse to work around, Gentleman Friend is everything you’d want in an equine partner. He is an easy keeper, with good feet and is a pleasure to work around for all aspects of his care. Standing at 15.3, he raced on the pace but loves to trot under saddle. He willingly goes over ground poles, likes pattern work and enjoys learning new things. Friend retired at 11 years old due to a hind suspensory, which is fully healed. He also has needed some chiropractic adjustments, which has helped his back so much. It will be important that he have a properly fitted saddle, be it English or Western. Friend is super cute under saddle, but will need an intermediate rider that is confident to continue in his training. This gorgeous pretty gelding has the looks and ability to be a stellar trail partner, foxhunter, show horse, driving horse and really can do it all! He currently gets turned out with other geldings and likes every one. Super to trailer, stands for the farrier and is currently barefoot. Gentleman Friend was well loved on the track and offers years of wisdom and is now ready for that special person to help him in his next career!
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.