“Nick” is a proud, playful horse who likes to act like a tough guy in front of his equine friends, but he really a softie, and just loves attention. He has a ‘cool guy’ persona that he puts on in turnout, where he enjoys time out with the group of geldings that he’s turned out with, as well as under saddle, when he marches around the ring like he owns the place. Nick didn’t always know personal space well when he first came into training– he could be pushy sometimes while trying to see what he could get away with, but his ground manners have really shaped up, and he’s becoming a gentleman. Nick stands well for the farrier, is quiet in the crossties, and stands/ bathes very well.
Under saddle, Nick is a great uphill mover with natural balance and freedom in his gaits. Both leads at the canter are easy to pick up and his transitions are already becoming sharp. Nick is also working on laterals and bending in his training rides. A rider with a quiet leg, seat and hands would be best for Nick, as he has a soft mouth and likes light contact. Nick would be suitable for an intermediate rider working with a trainer or advanced rider.
Nick has hacked in the ring with other horses and is relatively easy to focus. He has also done a bit of trail riding around the property and he is brave company. Nick is a very talented youngster who we could certainly see excelling as a dressage mount. He schooled the USDF Training 1 test for the first time in his video with no issues, and was super game and attentive to what was being asked of him. He is the perfect size for a ladies dressage horse due to the slenderness of his ribcage, making him very comfortable to sit on.
Nick is a cribber, but he does very well without issues with a cribbing collar.
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.