Privately Speaking

Horse Stats
New Name: Luna
Age: 2011
Gender: mare
Date Adopted: 2017
Current Discipline: Eventing
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    New Vocations thoroughly evaluates each of its horses for soundness, temperament and suitability prior to adoption. Most returns are due to human error or unforeseen circumstances; however a few are actually the horse’s fault. The 2011 Thoroughbred mare Privately Speaking raced 13 times and won $87,000 before coming to New Vocations with a bowed tendon. She was rehabilitated to full soundness, transitioned well and was adopted with no physical limitations. However, the mare was returned six weeks later for undiagnosed soreness. This was quickly resolved by the blacksmith and Privately Speaking was subsequently adopted to a very competent home. She thrived for almost a year until early spring when she suddenly developed severe combative, aggressive behavior and was returned, again. Ohio facility trainer Amy Allison worked with the veterinarian and a chiropractor for several months to try to determine and resolve the mare’s issues. Seeing no improvement, New Vocations finally shipped her to Hagyard Equine Hospital in Lexington to be spayed. Meanwhile, there was someone in the wings, eagerly awaiting the mare to heal so she could take her home. “I saw her on the New Vocations website, and she immediately made an impression on me,” remembers Jena Voltz. “Voltz had to wait four months, though, while Privately Speaking recovered completely and proved to have a new outlook on life. “I looked at other horses in the meantime, but I just couldn’t get her off my mind; none of them felt right. I finally made the drive to Ohio to see her and adopted her that day.” Now known as “Luna,” the bay has really taken to her new eventing career, participating in five shows in 2018. “After she got the idea of what we were doing, she started to eat up the cross-country courses,” Voltz relates. “She LOVES being in an open field and jumping!” The duo’s 2019 plans include mastering water jumps and getting over some tenseness in the dressage ring. They finished in the ribbons in four out of their five shows this year, and Jena admits, “The one show we didn’t place in was my fault. She works so hard, and she never disappoints me.” The now accommodating mare always brightens up her owner’s day with a welcoming whinny at the barn, and Voltz shares: “I’m still just as in love with her as the day I brought her home!”