Rocco is built nicely and has a cute face, and he also has the potential to be a star! He is well put together, with bloodlines that have proven to perform in the sport horse arenas while being level headed and kind. Rocco is friendly and personable, enjoying attention and relationships with people and other horses. His stall is next to grooming area, and he is known to reach out and nuzzle people while they’re grooming another horse. He has good ground manners and is well behaved for handling, he stands in the cross ties patiently, is quiet in the barn and has no vices.
Under saddle he is forward moving and forward thinking, and will do very well in a program with a confident intermediate rider. Overall, Rocco is very straightforward and pleasant to be around and ride, he hasn’t shown us a spook or any misbehavior. He is generally unfazed by his environment, and doesn’t mind at all the wind howling or rain pouring down around the indoor arena during his ride. As he learns to regulate rhythm and balance, he starts out a bit quick and settles with help from a confident and quiet rider. His powerful gaits will translate beautifully as he improves in carriage.
Rocco has been fully rehabbed from a minor tendon injury which has shown significant healing, and he is more than capable of a competitive career. He is eligible for the 2020 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover!
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.
In general, our fees are set at $500, $1,000 or $1,000 with a $1,500 donation.
- $1,000 with a $1,500 donation: This range is for horses that we consider to be the cream of the crop or the unicorn horses. They are horses that have few or no limitations, have great conformation, movement and size.
- $1,000: This range is for horses that are suitable for a competitive career up to a certain level (for example cleared for 2’6” but not 3’). They may have been fully rehabbed from a race injury but have been cleared for most disciplines.
- $500: This range is for horses that are limited to a flat, trail or companion type home. These horses are healthy and have been fully rehabbed and evaluated by a vet.
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.