Nine O Wonderful is a stand-out gentleman! While he is big and bold on the outside, he is really just a big softie on the inside. Always eager to greet you with his head sticking eagerly out of the stall, “Nine O,” certainly enjoys attention! He didn’t quite understand proper gentleman etiquette when he first came into our program, but he has learned a lot! He stands politely for the farrier (he has nice, low maintenance feet!), knows to stop when his leader stops (when walking around with a handler) and is even led in from turnout with another horse (experienced handlers only though, please!). Nine O loves to have a buddy in turnout, and enjoys his time outside greatly. He is the dominant buddy in turnout, and an be bossy, but not in an overly aggressive way. When in a stall, he is quite polite, and he respects a stall guard without issue. Nine O has no stall vices!
Under saddle, Nine O is not what you’d expect! Though he is a larger and built horse, he has relatively small strides at the trot and canter. He is comfy, but we have worked with him a lot to stretch out longer and carry himself in a more relaxed fashion. As brave as he can be on the ground, Nine O would get nervous under saddle and needed some reassurance from his rider. He has learned to be more confident under saddle now, but he will occasionally need a confidence boost, so he would do best with a more experienced rider. We could see him excel as a pleasure or trail mount for a patient rider, or even in the dressage ring, for someone who could work patiently to develop him properly.
Nine O Wonderful is Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will receive a shipping credit of up to $500, and an invitation to compete in Challenge-specific classes at the 2019 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.