There’s no doubt that “Gozer” is an almost unbearably cute, friendly face in the barn, but he is also an incredible mount that is just waiting to find his perfect person! Around the barn, Gozer is a patient, sweet horse that will stand well for grooming, the farrier, bathing, etc., and he also has no stall vices. He is lower-ranked in his turnout group, but he doesn’t compete to try to move up the ranks. He is amicable to both people and horses alike.
Under saddle, Gozer is a superstar. He has incredibly comfortable gaits, and a smooth canter, with great balance and flying lead changes! He is also learning to be adjustable and to work on lateral movements like leg yielding– even at the gate, so he can help his rider open and close gates under saddle. He does have a tendency to be tense, so he is working on learning to stretch more, and extend his movements, as well as not tuck his head into his neck (a default of his), but he is very soft in the rider’s hand and eager-to-please with a great work ethic!
He is young and very smart, so with an educated rider, he will be an easy partner who has lots to offer. He is incredibly brave and tackles new situations very well. Even dogs at his feet don’t faze him! Gozer has even been ridden on multiple occasions in a war bridle (only a leather strap in his mouth attached to reins– no other contact on his face) and he is a very trustworthy guy! Gozer would flourish with an advanced rider, or a more advanced intermediate rider working with a trainer. We could definitely see Gozer killing it at something like the Freestyle aspect in a competition like the RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover, or in any number of other disciplines!
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.