“Kai” is a rare pearl in his shell. He has a lovely, athletic build, with nice angles and a solid structure. He is a kind, sweet guy, but he is more of a worrier by nature. He will show his playful side and melt in your hands with head scratches if he feel comfortable with someone, but he will ‘clam up’ and keep to himself if he feels overwhelmed. Kai is good to lead and will stand quietly in crossties, but he can act aloof in his stall. A quiet, confident horseperson can bring him out of that shell, but he is very intuitive and doesn’t feel 100% comfortable letting his guard down, so people who are nervous around him, make him nervous. He loves to take afternoon naps though, and he has learned that he loves getting bodywork done! Kai can be bossy in turnout, so he would do best with a horse who doesn’t want to be alpha as well.
He can be remarkably brave in new situations, and in others he will be tense, which translates to acting a little spooky. A good deal of this is from the tension he carries, especially behind the poll though, so as he relaxes, we feel confident that his braver side with shine through. Once Kai has his very own person, ideally a a confident but quiet/ patient person, who will earn his trust and continue things like bodywork to help him feel comfortable, we can really see him flourishing, and he will be one stunning sport horse!
Under saddle, Kai has three beautiful gaits. He has plenty of impulsion and likes a rider with soft aids who is firm but not aggressive or pushy. He appreciates a rider who will give him the time to investigate new environments and satisfy his curiosity, but as long as his rider doesn’t overreact and patiently works in a productive manner, he softens and becomes very round and willing. Kai is built uphill and has the foundations of a nice, natural head carriage. His trot has lots of great suspension and his canter is very comfortable, with both leads easy to get. He has even already picked up on the concept of bending very well and has great flying changes!
Kai is suitable for a professional or an advanced rider experienced with bringing along young horses. We think he would excel in dressage!
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.