“Sally” is a solid citizen here at the barn. Always a friendly face sticking ready to receive attention, Sally is super quiet on the ground, stands for farrier, baths, and is patient with her handler. She is still working on being totally comfortable standing on crossties, but she is eager-to-please, and gets better with each day. Even mane pulling doesn’t faze Sally! In turnout, Sally is happy to be in the middle of the pack hierarchy, without vying for a top spot. Sally really enjoys her time outside (and she has a coat that can easily buffer the winter weather), and is turned out with a group of mares that goes out overnight.
Under saddle, Sally is an uncomplicated ride. She takes up a good amount of leg, so she ‘fits’ even a taller rider, and has three comfortable gaits that cover ground with steady rhythm. She shows a good deal of balance and understanding of rider aids. Sally doesn’t mind being ridden indoors or out, and has experience going out on trails here. Whether alone or in a group, Sally tackles new challenges bravely and with a level head.
We could see Silly Numbers in a number of different disciplines in her next career– low hunters, trail, and pleasure riding are just a few of the things we could see her enjoying, and she would be fine with an experienced intermediate rider.
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.