Horse Stats
Name: Carson Pass
Barn Name: Carson
Age: 2012
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $1,000—NOW $500 until Dec. 31!
Location: Gansevoort, NY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 24
Highlights: Winner
Total Earnings: $38,065
Last Race: 7/19/17
Sire: Eskendereya
Dam: Kit's Girl
Other Notable Pedigree: Giant's Causeway, Storm Cat, Seattle Slew, Rahy, Alydar, Secretariat, Roberto, Poker, Nijinsky II, Bold Ruler
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Are you looking for a happy-go-lucky guy with a sweet personality? If so, then Carson Pass is for you! Carson is the horse version of Ferdinand the Bull—he just likes to mosey through life and smell the flowers! He is very well loved by all who have worked with him over the years and even has his own Instagram @carsonpasstoky detailing his return journey from Puerto Rico after being there when the hurricane hit.

Carson is a very affectionate guy and can always be found poking his head into the aisle to catch the attention of a person walking by. His demeanor is very quiet which makes him easy to handle. In turnout, he prefers to stay at the lower end of the totem pole, with much more of a follower-type personality. He has been out with many different horses and is never fazed by new changes to his environment.

Bathing, clipping, tying, and standing for the farrier are no problem for this big lovebug! He’ll just happily doze off while he’s being spoiled.

Under saddle, Carson is a straightforward, quiet ride. He has three nice gaits, and both leads are balanced and easy to get. Because of his bigger barrel, he takes up the rider’s leg quite nicely and feels like a sturdy guy. He has been very brave under saddle and happily goes around with his ears flopping like a goofball. He movement is more uphill and he has a nice, ground covering stride that is easy to ride since it is so comfortable. He has hacked in the ring alone and in company with no issues at all. Carson is suitable for all disciplines.



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.