Horse Stats
Name: Pretty River
Barn Name: River
Age: 2015
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000 originally - NOW $600
Location: Gansevoort, NY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 9
Highlights: Showed
Total Earnings: $7,024
Last Race: 8/18/18
Sire: San Pablo
Dam: Bonita Rios
Other Notable Pedigree: Freud, Storm Cat, Secretariat, A.P. Indy, Seattle Slew
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Pretty River AKA “River,” lives up to her name in that she is both pretty and she loves to be in motion! River enjoys as much turnout time as she can get, and gets along with most any horse, including her boss-mare buddy, and the geldings in the neighboring paddock. When she has to be inside at night or on bad weather days, River hangs her head out of her stall most of the time, waiting patiently for someone to come pay attention to her. River can be excitable at times, which is not uncommon given her age, but she is not difficult to hand for an experienced handler. River does LOVE food, and she has a feed time dance that she does on occasion, but she keeps it contained to her stall, and is quiet when she is satiated! When being seen by the vet or farrier, River is pleasant and quite well-behaved.

Under saddle, River shows great potential to shine! She is all legs and has long, floating strides to show for it. River can be fussy with bit contact, but she is learning to come onto contact and to develop a sense of self carriage– in moments when she ‘gets it,’ she is stunning. River is an athlete through-and-through, and would do best with an advanced rider with a soft hand and has a sense of humor (like she does!), who could keep her in a program and who has worked with young horses before.

Pretty River retired from racing with no known soundness issues, and she could excel in any discipline. We could certainly see her as a hunter/ jumper!

River is also eligible for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover hosted by the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP).



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.