Megnog is a wonderfully gentle, smart mare. She’s easy to work with on the ground. “Meg” is not the type to seek out attention as she is too cool to be needy like that—she is even a bit aloof at times. She is just too cool for school! If you insist though, she will take part in loving and coddling. In our current group of 5 mares, she is an independent. She hangs back and lets the other girls scuffle to get to the gate first and patiently waits her turn. She has plenty of self confidence so she is not getting picked on and could assert herself if she wanted but rather she is above that nonsense. She does not have any stall vices.
Under saddle Megnog likes to strut her stuff—that is, if she thinks you’re ‘worthy’ of her! She is so smart that she likes to see if her rider is of the right caliber for her excellence. She can evade contact by getting strong, tilting her nose up in a classic “I prefer not to” pose or by getting behind-the-bit. She has all the brains and talent of an incredibly nice, fancy mount, but she does like to have her buttons pushed in just the right way!
Megnog has already been in dressage training, and understands the foundational principles of contact and lateral work. If you have what it takes to be her partner, as well as the patience and quiet, independent aids that she prefers, you’ll have a LOVELY mount that is capable of great things. She would do best with a rider who will be committed to fostering a partnership of trust and patient one-on-one work. Quiet persistence is the key to unlocking her potential. Megnog would be best suited to an advanced rider and is suitable for all disciplines, but has the bravery and boldness to be a good eventer.
Megnog is Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such she will receive an invitation to compete in Challenge-specific classes at the 2020 New Vocations Charity Horse Show Series. R&R adopters who choose to participate in the competition will be eligible to compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes; they will also receive a FREE stall at the Charity Horse Show and FREE entry into Challenge 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.