It’s not often that we have a true 16.3h horse in the barn. Orbiter also known as “Obie” is the biggest boy in the barn yet he has that puppy dog type personality. He’s a son of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones who is known for passing on an agreeable workman like disposition. Under saddle this big guy has more whoa than go. He’d be a perfect riding partner for an intermediate rider who wants to pleasure ride and or do local shows and hunter paces. He has some jewelry on his LF ankle that will limit him to flat work or recreational jumping. Approved adopters are welcome to the radiographs we have on file. This big guy is handsome, lovable, and looking for his partner in crime to begin his new adventure! Who wants this awesome fellow???
He has a calm demeanor and is a pleasure to work around. He is good to work around, enjoys groomimg and bathing, massage, scratches on the neck, and picks up his feet nicely. Obie stands for the farrier and is currently wearing front shoes. He is UTD on his vaccines and de-worming. Obie is currently turned out with another gelding in a small field. He is easy going in turn-out and not aggressive. He’s good leading in and out of the barn. He has no stable vices.
Orbiter came to our program through Beyond The Wire, we are thankful for their support.
Orbiter is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he 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 he will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and an 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, 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.