Around the farm, “Tizzy” easily wins the hearts of even casual passer-bys with her classic good looks and friendly personality. If you want to know the way to her heart though, it’s through her stomach. Tizzy LOVES peppermints and turns into a puppy dog at the sound of the wrappers! When it comes to food, she is a very easy keeper and always has a healthy appetite.
Tizzy is easy to handle on the ground, and is well-behaved for the farrier/vet/grooming/bathing/crossties. We haven’t had any issues with Tizzy’s feet in the time that she has been here with us—they’re pretty solid. In turnout, she enjoys being part of the social crowd with several other mares, but she is a mid-pack horse—neither a leader nor a bottom-tiered horse.
Under saddle, Tizzy has very smooth-riding, distinguished gaits and a nice uphill style. She is learning to not fiddle with the bit as much, but she is quite sensitive to rein aid and opinionated about how she would like to go around. She has an over-developed underside of her neck, which speaks to the upright position that she is used to holding it, so retraining those muscles takes time! As she learns to move in a more long and low way, and gains muscles along her topline, she will continue to be more fluid and collected in her movement as a whole. This takes an independent seat and light, experienced hand.
Tizzy is not the most courageous horse, and does have some spook in her, so she will also require a confident rider who can help guide her through those moments, and who will not overreact. While Tizzy can act in a very independent minded way, she is truly a herd follower, and as such, she feeds largely off her rider, and requires a very patient partner (and she will test that!).
Tizzy retired with tight legs and no known injuries and has experienced no lameness issues in our program. She has been started over crossrails (clips shown at the end of the flat video) and free-jumped, but we think she still has a ways to go with basic dressage before she should be moving into jumping more intensely, so she is not an ideal mount for someone who wants to skip right into jumping. Tizzy will require an advanced rider and, as with many of our horses, will not be suitable as a novice or children’s mount. We could see her flourishing in a number of different disciplines with the right rider though!
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.