Trend is a true testament to how experienced racehorses can have a leg-up in their second careers from that experience. At 12 years old and with 44 starts under his belt, Trend is very ‘been-there-done-that.’ He is quiet but personable in the stall, and has impeccable ground manners. He is totally unfazed by new environments and he is happy to stand, even ‘ground tied’ for grooming/ farrier/ bathing etc. Trend has also had several years to adjust to the post-track lifestyle. He was retired from racing, and living a retiree’s lifestyle, but his previous owners realized that he might be happier still having a job, aside from grazing!
Trend was remarkably easy to get back going under saddle. From the get-go he was eager to work and uncomplicated. Trend is the kind of gentleman that will stand quietly at the mounting block until you’re safely on his back and ask him to move forward. He is responsive but not at all spooky– indoors or out! Trend also has balanced gaits both directions, and has no issues picking up leads. Trend has no known injuries, and has all the basics to go many different directions with even an intermediate rider.
Trend is a cribber in his stall, but he will pick one spot (never wood with us) and doesn’t deviate from that spot. His cribbing is also prevented by a cribbing collar, and he does not wear it when he is in turnout– he doesn’t crib when he’s outside.
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.