Talk about opposite day! Theycalmemalicious, is anything but (malicious)! She is known affectionately around the barn as “Callie,” and is one of the sweetest little mares you’ll meet. She is a young, kind three-year old with loads of potential! Her pedigree includes the likes of Bernardini, Fappiano, and Skywalker, all very prominent producers of nice sport horses (among other notable names like Alydar and Secretariat). Callie is still growing into herself so while she is lanky now, she still has plenty of growing to do to fill out, making her an exciting prospect to develop.
On the ground, Callie is very easy to handle for a horse her age, she is quiet and still finding her own confidence as she continues to grow up. Callie goes out at night in our large mare herd and tends to be toward the bottom of the group. She has no stall vices, and while she enjoys being out in company, she is very independent and has developed no herd-bound tendencies. Bathing, tying, mane pulling, and standing are easy for her, she won’t bat an eye when asked to stand quietly and patiently. Callie loves to receive attention from her handler, and will politely investigate your pockets for mints and cookies.
Under saddle, this little mare is super straightforward and simple. She tends to have a little more “whoa” than “go” and soft in the bridle. Callie easily picks up both leads and is pretty equally balanced both directions! She has great flying changes and a lovely level headset which screams hunter. Her way of going is very pleasant and already she has started to develop great rhythm and cadence as well as bravery under saddle. Her first time trotting ground poles she went right over them without hesitation, showing what a great brain this girl has! She has hacked in the ring both alone and in company with no issues.
Callie may have not have had as much experience as a horse that has traveled and raced, but for what she has done she has impressed us greatly with her willingness to learn and how easy her transition has been. This mare would be a great prospect for at least an intermediate rider who is looking to develop her patiently while she continues to physically mature. Callie could go in any direction but we think she would make an excellent hunter. Callie is eligible for the RRP’s 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover.
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.