“Beau” is indeed handsome, but his personality is his most charming feature in our opinion! Beau is a playful, sweet guy, who loves getting attention, whether it be from a person or from other horses. He loves being groomed and has an ‘in-your-pocket’ type personality. In a group, he is neither the head honcho, nor the low man– he is satisfied being a middle man. Beau is happy to hang out quietly in the stall, or to play around outside. He is also as brave as they come! He enters into new situations bravely and without hesitation. Dog running around? No problem. New flower box in the ring? Beau is unfazed. He is easy to handle on the ground, and patient for the farrier, baths, grooming or crossties, mane-pulling, etc.
Under saddle, Beau is quite straight-forward and eager-to-please. He is forward, but more ‘whoa’ than ‘go,’ and shows a good understanding of balance and suppleness in the bit. He has very comfortable gaits that feel like that of a fancy show horse, and he is truly a pleasure to ride. Beau also has some amazing sport horse bloodlines, so he has some natural talent! Beau doesn’t show a preference for being ridden inside versus outside, and we could see him enjoying any number of new careers. We could see Beau fitting right in in a hunter ring, and with an intermediate or advanced rider, he could shine in low-level performance.
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.