Horse Stats
Name: Taconic
Barn Name: Taco
Age: 2015
Gender: Mare
Height: 15.3 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $900 - NOW $450 until 12/31
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 2
Total Earnings: $315
Last Race: 10/12/18
Sire: City Zip
Dam: Wilderness Trace
Other Notable Pedigree: Mt Livermore, Carson City, Blushing Groom(FR), Mr Prospector
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Taconic is such a feminine and pretty young lady. She was named after the Taconic Parkway in New York, giving reference to both her sire and dam. The Parkway begins just a bit north of New York City and is a scenic parkway through the “wilderness”. We have taken to calling her Taco, some days she is more of a “Spicy Taco” and some days she is more of a “Soft Taco”. Taco would like very much to be a big filly and have a leadership role in the herd but alas, she is still number 3. She is turned out in a group of 5 mares and does very well. She came to us directly after her last race and wasted no time in fluffing up a nice winter coat. Taco stands nicely for clipping and tacking. She does not have any stall vices. 

Under saddle, Taco is a nice mover with a “daisy-cutter” trot. She looks to her rider for direction and is learning the greenie basics like an even pace. She is trying very hard to understand so when you ask for whoa sometimes she gives too much and when you ask for go sometimes she gives too much. Repetition will help her understand exactly what you want from her. Taco wants to please and really responds to reassurance and is steadily building her confidence. She will be best suited for an intermediate rider working with a trainer or an advanced rider. Taco was retired sound after two unsuccessful tries at racing and will be suitable for all disciplines. 



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.