Saham is a horse you can bring home to meet your Mom. He is one of the cool guys in his herd– very chill and totally above the drama. He is also quite the romantic: he is ready to give you all his attention and douse you in love, especially if you do the same for him. It is true, as with many, that one of the quickest routes to his heart is through his stomach– you’ll see him go right for the hay pile as soon as you let him go in turnout, and he loves a good carrot, or two. In addition to attention and turnout, he also loves to sleep! He enjoys afternoon naps, in which he will lay out flat in his stall, but is happy to stay lying down if you want to come hang out with him. He also loves some good hair play time– he will even fall fast asleep when you pull his mane! On the ground, Saham is a gentleman, and happy to stroll right beside you quietly. Loading, clipping, tying, standing for baths, as well as for the farrier, are all easy tasks for this dream guy.
Under saddle, Saham floats around in an nice rhythm. His movement is fluid and forward, and while he’s an attractive horse, his demeanor is not ‘hot’ under saddle. An athlete for sure, Saham has superb endurance. He enjoys his job and shows his intelligence with his interest in new challenges and ability to figure out exercises. Saham has three balanced gaits, and while he is still working on achieving more collection at the canter, has made great progress! This dreamy horse’s dream rider would be at least an advanced intermediate with quiet hands, and good use of other aids (body, seat, leg).
This eligible gelding is also eligible for the RRP’s 2019 TB Makeover!
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.