“Bubbles” (the acronym of his registered name is SOAP!) is one talented youngster! He is a very dark grey/red roan so he’s hard to miss, even in the field, but his fun-loving attitude and charisma will surely get your attention, color aside! Bubbles has some famous horses in his pedigree and boasts some noble bloodlines!
Bubbles is always a friendly face in the barn, ready to check your pockets for snacks or to receive a good neck scratch. He enjoys the company of others, but he is also quiet in his stall alone and has no stall vices.
This lovable guy likes to have a leader. In turnout, he is a mid-to-low pack member, so he does best with nice alphas who can keep him company but not pick on him. He can also go out with other youngsters without riling them up. Even though he can be more of a follower type, Bubbles is very brave and happy to explore new situations with a confident handler/rider. In his riding video, there are horses galloping through a field within eye-shot and an excavator taking down trees in the back field, and Bubbles doesn’t miss a beat!
Even though he has more physical and mental maturing to do, Bubbles has a solid foundation. He is level-headed and eager to please, happy to stand patiently in crossties or for the vet or farrier.
Under saddle he is remarkably balanced, with pleasant uphill movement that covers ground without trying. He just pats the ground, carrying himself lightly, is very focused mount for such a young horse, and has an incredible work ethic under saddle!
We think Bubbles will be a perfect prospect for an advanced rider who wants to develop a youngster patiently. We could see him as a dressage mount or maybe even a low hunter/jumper down the line. Whatever ring he enters, we know Bubbles will clean up!
Bubbles is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, where he will receive a free stall and 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.
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.