Candymankando, known around the barn as Kato is one handsome hunk of eye candy. He is the son of multiple grades stakes winner Twirling Candy. Kato is an easy going guy looking to please. He enjoys grooming and bathing with soft brushes and a gentle touch. He picks up his feet easily and stands well for the farrier. He is currently wearing front steel shoes. Kato has good ground manners and leads in and out of the barn like a gentleman. He enjoys the company of other animals (ie. our pigs and cats). Kato has no known vices. He is turned out with one other gelding. He gets along well with others, but will push around a very passive horse.
Under saddle Kato has three great gaits. He has a ground covering trot step, and is a forward thinking ride ready to learn new things. Kato has fully rehabbed from a tendon injury that most likely occurred during his last race on 3/8/19. He has just started cantering under saddle and picks up both of his leads. Kato goes in a smooth full-cheek snaffle. He accepts contact and is working on staying supple and relaxed. Kato is responsive to the aids and continues to work on his rhythm. Kato is suitable for an advanced/ Intermediate rider with a trainer. We feel he would make an excellent hunter or dressage prospect.
Candymankando has come in to our program from Beyond The Wire and we are grateful for their support.
Kato is also eligible for the 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will be invited to compete at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, where he will receive 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.