If you’ve been meaning to find time for an island getaway, we have the perfect Caribbean staycation for you! A big-bodied son of the great Grand Slam, Grand Isle (known as “Capri” around the barn) is a low-key guy with a lovable personality looking to find his next best friend to ride off into the sunset with. A solidly built gelding, Capri has an attractive expression and the in-your-pocket personality of a giant Labrador.
Capri is well mannered on the ground, standing in the crossties, bathing, and for the farrier quietly. He goes out at night with one of our larger gelding herds and is happily a middle man, not causing or receiving any trouble. He has been turned out with many different horses while he has been here and has been a solid buddy for all of them. He is an easier keeper, and has no vices.
On the trails, Capri is learning to be a capable mount. He has hacked out in company and by himself and has displayed a growing maturity as he learns his new job. Capri has proven to be brave, going through the woods, past farming equipment, and through water with no spookiness or naughty behavior. Whether on the road or walking through a large hay field, Capri is polite and does not pull on the bit or try to move forward. Like any young horse, he is still learning to settle at the start of the ride, but relaxes and comes down if his rider is quiet and inspires confidence. He is not the smartest in the herd, but he is incredibly sweet and simply wants to please his handler.
Capri is currently looking for a trail home. He is suitable for at least an intermediate rider who is experienced bringing along younger horses.
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.