On the ground, “Glo” is a glowing example of how great OTTB mares can be! In no hurry to go anywhere, Glo is happy to stroll behind or next to her handler politely and attentively. Her easy-going attitude is even apparent when her turnout buddies run up to the gate to come in at feed time, and she takes her time to get there, holding the caboose spot. As such, she doesn’t mind being lower in the pecking order, since she doesn’t bother competing for the top spots.
Glo is a dream to work on for the farrier since she is happy to stand quietly. She is just as easy to load for trailering, and she doesn’t mind being tied for grooming, clipping, etc. While she can be a little girthy, she is polite about it, and doesn’t hold any grudge in the saddle.
Under saddle, Glo is a very simple and straightforward ride. She is still working on learning to track straight and bend but she has three balanced, comfortable gaits. Getting her leads is an easy task for Glo, and she prefers to lope around quietly, with great brakes when you ask for them. She is a ‘kick ride’ but she can get spooked on occasion—if you give her a chance to inspect the object in question though, she gets over it very quickly. When it comes to doing polework and new challenges, Glo is very brave. Glo would be best suited for an intermediate rider who is patient and willing to continue to learn with her. She would most likely enjoy dressage, hunters, trail riding, or even some western pleasure!
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.