Unnamed Crystal Morning ’16 or “Chris” around the farm, is the high school quarterback here, with a charming personality and the heart of a lion. He is classically handsome, with the build of a compact athlete. Even beyond his looks, Chris is well behaved on the ground: he stands well for mane pulling, bathing, farrier etc. Like a good QB, Chris likes to be in charge. He doesn’t tussle with the other horse, but he likes to be the first to the gate each morning. He is an eager-to-please type, who is a gentleman with his handler/ rider though.
Under saddle, Chris is a fairly straightforward ride, he has more whoa than go but is still nicely responsive to the rider. Even though Chris doesn’t have the same vertical as other horses, he is really nice to sit on and takes up the riders leg nicely, and moving like a bigger horse. Chris is very balanced, he has three great gaits and is very comfy at the trot and canter. Since he just turned three he should fill out and grow a little more as well. Chris stands well at the mounting block and has excellent manners, he has never offered any type of naughty behavior and has been ridden by many different riders.
Chris has been hacked in the ring with other horses and is okay riding in company on the trails, and even around dogs. He would be best suited for an advanced intermediate or advanced rider to continue to develop him as he matures and grows.
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.