Trouble With Girls, known around the barn as “Kevin,” is a kind natured handsome gentleman!
This guy is a true war horse retired sound with 64 starts at 8 different tracks from Florida all the way up to Massachusetts! He’s a well-seasoned, well-traveled guy who is looking for someone to help him learn the ropes of a new career.
Kevin is a forward-thinking horse that likes to work. He has three nice gaits with a ground covering trot and a rhythmic canter. As an added bonus, his donor told us he was broke to drive as part of his race conditioning. Kevin is user-friendly for an advanced or intermediate rider with a trainer. He is suitable for most riding disciplines including pleasure, trail, and some occasional jumping.
“Oh, darling, it’s true. Beautiful things have dents and scratches, too.” As evidenced by his pictures, Kevin wears some jewelry in the form of enlarged ankles that befit his warhorse career. However, don’t let this cosmetic defect scare you away—this special gelding even raced with his jewelry and he hasn’t taken an unsound step during his time with us.
Kevin enjoys being groomed and bathed, and he stands well for the farrier. He’s currently wearing front shoes. Kevin is currently turned out with a buddy in a small field and gets along well with others—he is not the dominant horse in his field. Kevin has great ground manners and is easy to handle while walking in and out of the barn.
Check out Kevin’s new under saddle videos!
Kevin 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.