“Mama” is gorgeous, sweet, spunky mare with a fantastic build. She shows fluid movements at the walk and the jog. She is quite friendly too, who loves attention and quality time with people. Mama spends her days in a grass turnout with a buddy, and she is very pleasant to both her turnout buddy and her handlers. She fractured a sesamoid in her right front leg back in August 2018, but she has been rehabbing with us since October 2018 and she is currently sound to jog, as well as in daily turnout.
As a special opportunity for qualified approved adopters, Mama is available for adoption ahead of the normal schedule. Ideal qualified homes would be experienced with at least basic rehab protocol, have a good working relationship with their equine vet (so that rehabilitation plans and checkups are kept up-to-date), and would be comfortable doing the re-starting under saddle once the horse is ready to start back into training.
Please note that since we have not worked her under saddle yet, we cannot make any certifications as to her personality in the saddle. Qualified and approved adopters will have access to all of her veterinary records that we have though, including recent radiographs and her current/ projected rehab plan.
Adoption fee will increase when she starts in under saddle work.
Mama is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such she will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where she will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and an in-hand classes).
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.