Nine Route showed impressive talent on the track and now he is ready to show his talents off the track! He is an absolute sweetheart to work with. He loves attention and has a kind demeanor. He is not very confident in the field and prefers to have a turnout buddy. He makes friends quickly and follows them around.. He has been acclimated to plenty of turnout, even overnight, in a large field. Niner has tender soles so while he is doing fine at our farm in plain steel shoes in front only, if asked to work on less forgiving footing he may need something extremely simple like leather pads for extra protection. Niner does not have any stall vices.
Under saddle, he is a well mannered youngster. He has been responsive and uncomplicated from day one. He always wants to please. We have taken him for several trail rides and he has been relaxed and happy each time. He leg yields and picks up both leads easily. Niner will be a lovable partner for an intermediate rider in flatwork or low level jumping!
Nine Route 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.