“Joe” is Mr. tall, dark and handsome! This big-boned guy is so easy to have around the barn. He is eager to get attention from everyone who comes his way, and he is a gentle, middle-pack man in the group of geldings that he gets turned out with. While Joe was not a competitive racehorse, he is quickly becoming a fantastic riding mount. He is green, but he is brave enough to go over/ around any new obstacles (e.g. going over raised ground poles, stepping over small cross-rails and marching past ‘scary’ new indoor cross country jumps). Joe can be a little spooky, but we think that that is just because he has a little maturing to do, so that’ll come around with time and experience. He does not have dramatic reactions though, even when he is scared. Joe is easy to “whoa,” and responds with very little prompting. He listens very well!
Joe has been ridden in both English and Western tack, so he could be a great pleasure horse in either/ both style disciplines. His gaits are very smooth, and he is able to shorten and lengthen his trot at the request of his rider. He hasn’t mastered the canter yet, but we feel confident that he could with time. Joe is learning to leg yield now, and shows great balance for a horse his age. He is quite smart, and eager to please!
Joe has never reared or bucked under saddle, and he has no stall vices. Joe stands like a gentleman when post-tied or on crossrails, and is easy to handle for the farrier/ vet. Joe would do best with an experienced rider who is confident but quiet.
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.