Are you wishing for your perfect equine partner? Only One Wish, also known around the barn as “Minnie,” has a lot to offer!
She is eligible for the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and is sound for most disciplines, including jumping. Under saddle, Minnie is light on her feet with three good gaits. During her rides she is naturally balanced, eager to please, and continues to improve. Minnie would be a great prospect for small hunters. She’s also suitable for someone that wants stick and ball or play a recreational 4 chukker polo match. She is appropriate for an intermediate rider with a trainer.
Minnie has a friendly demeanor and loves other animals—she’s affectionate with our cats. Minnie is easy to work with on the ground and she follows you around like a puppy dog! She’s one of the first horses to meet you in the field. She loves treats and affection.
She is currently turned out with a group of mares and is in the mid- to lower-end of the pecking order. Minnie is currently wearing front shoes and stands well for the farrier.
Minnie 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 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, we set a fee that will ultimately help each horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means we 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 in work with a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses each horse’s history and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.
While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that costs associated with ongoing care and additional training for each horse after adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront, he or she will have more funds available to cover the continuing costs of properly caring for a horse.