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 and he has that puppy-dog personality to make him something really special.
Obie’s trainer says he’s quiet to ride, a good egg, and has never taken a wrong step since he’s been in our program! He’s a gentle giant!
He’s a son of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, who is known for passing on an agreeable workmanlike disposition to his offspring. Under saddle this big guy has more whoa than go. Obie has some jewelry in his left front ankle that will limit him to a trail or low-level pleasure career, and approved adopters are welcome to the radiographs we have on file. As such, he’d be a perfect riding partner for an intermediate rider who wants to pleasure ride and or do local shows and easy hunter paces.
Obie has a calm demeanor and is a pleasure to work around. He enjoys grooming, bathing, massages, and neck scratches, and he picks up his feet nicely. Obie stands for the farrier and is currently wearing front shoes. He is up-to-date on his vaccines and deworming.
Obie is currently turned out with another gelding in a small field; he’s easy going in turn-out and not aggressive. He’s good leading in and out of the barn, and he has no stable vices.
This big guy is handsome, lovable, and looking for his partner in crime to begin his new adventure! Who wants to add this giant puppy dog to their barn?
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 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.