If you were to get stranded on a desert island, this playful gelding would be the top choice for your castaway partner. Meet Escape Away, known around the barn as “Wilson,” this big goofy guy is well bred with looks more reminiscent of a draft cross than an off the track horse.
On the ground, Wilson shows great ground manners for his age – nothing really phases him! He doesn’t care whether he’s tacked in his stall or the crossties, stands quietly for grooming and the vet, and leads double like a pro. He has gone out in turnout during the day with a few other geldings during his time here and is completely fine with being a follower. Right now he goes out with one of our older geldings and totally thinks he is his mini-me! Wilson enjoys forehead scratches and having his muzzle played with. He has no stall vices.
Under saddle, Wilson is a fairly straightforward ride. He has the perfect amount of whoa and go and goes happily in a snaffle. He can get heavy, especially at the canter, and needs a balanced rider who can continue to work with him on using his body correctly while engaging and stepping up from his hind end. Despite being such a big horse, he is fairly balanced on both leads and is comfortable to sit on. His biggest goal is learning to relax and drop his poll so he can swing and lift his back without bracing on his inside shoulder. Introduction to basic laterals has really helped him discover how to track straight and be attentive. Wilson follows his rider’s lead and has proven to be a good student.
Escape Away is suitable for at least an intermediate rider working with a trainer who is experienced bringing along young horses. We see him being successful in a variety of different disciplines.
He is eligible for the RRP’s 2020 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.