This guy is a shining example of a young, unraced TB with potential that just didn’t shine on his first life path. Faith is very sweet and friendly with an inquisitive personality, and is straightforward to work with. He will do best with a confident intermediate or experienced rider due to his age, but will be easy to bring along, as he is happy to work and enjoys learning.
Under saddle, Faith has comfortable, rhythmical gaits and a soft mouth. He is amateur friendly, as a bit of a kick ride, and takes encouragement to get and keep going. He can be unsure of new surroundings and gives just a little spook that his rider can feel coming on, and easily gets back in the game. His favorite gait is halt, and he’ll happily quit whenever asked. He’s respectful and quiet when handling, stands in cross ties, and is well behaved for grooming and tacking up.
Faith is turned out in a small group of geldings, he’s a quiet leader and gets along well with the others. He wears front shoes and is well behaved for the farrier. He has been rehabbed from a small chip which was removed from his sesamoid and should not be limited in a low-level career. He is sound in all gaits and is capable of low jumping, he has been introduced to cross-rails.
Faith is eligible for the 2020 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover!
Faith is also eligible for the 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will be invited to compete at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, where he will receive 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.
In general, our fees are set at $500, $1,000 or $1,000 with a $1,500 donation.
- $1,000 with a $1,500 donation: This range is for horses that we consider to be the cream of the crop or the unicorn horses. They are horses that have few or no limitations, have great conformation, movement and size.
- $1,000: This range is for horses that are suitable for a competitive career up to a certain level (for example cleared for 2’6” but not 3’). They may have been fully rehabbed from a race injury but have been cleared for most disciplines.
- $500: This range is for horses that are limited to a flat, trail or companion type home. These horses are healthy and have been fully rehabbed and evaluated by a vet.
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.