Unfold is a giant baby so it can be hard to remember that he is, in fact, still just a baby. He is dopey and friendly, just a big ‘ol doll baby. He is learning social boundaries in the his turnout group, he does not yet understand that his buddies may not want him touching them all the time. He is a follower in the field for sure. Unfold is learning new things every day and has already braved the scary wash rack successfully and stands in the crossties there. He wants to please and does not have any stall vices.
Under saddle, looks to his rider for direction and is more whoa than go. His trot to canter transition is impressively smooth for a green youngster. Unfold has not seen much other than the farm he where he was born, raised, and began his training before New Vocations. But, we are so proud of him becoming a big boy in his new world. From his first ride, he has gotten used to my little beagle running around him and in the arena, even crumpling plastic bottles. If he gets worried, I let him stop and absorb the moment then he realizes everything is fine to move on. Now, he barely notices the little dog running around and even rode in our indoor for the first time like it was no big deal. He likes to talk to his friends while he works which is comical. Unfold needs a patient rider to develop his mind slowly and continuing to stimulate him with new experiences without any pressure will certainly result in an absolutely amazing partner. He was not a racing prospect due to roaring and he does have a mildly audible noise at work. He is physically suitable for all disciplines with a rider experienced in developing babies!
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.