Only One Wish is also known around the barn as “Minnie” as she has a lot to offer in a smaller package. Great small hunter prospect. She is eligible for the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP)’s Thoroughbred Makeover and is sound for any discipline. Under saddle, Minnie is light on her feet with three good gaits. During her rides she continues to improve as she is naturally balanced and eager to please. She is suitable for an intermediate rider with a trainer. Only One Wish is suitable for most riding disciplines including jumping. Update* New riding videos.
Minnie has a friendly demeanor and loves other animals. She is affectionate with our cats. Minnie is easy to work with on the ground. She follows you around like a puppy dog. She’s one of the first horses to meet you in the field. Minnie loves treats and affection. She is currently turned out with a group of mares and is mid to lower end of the pecking order. Minnie is currently wearing front shoes and stands well for the farrier.
Minnie is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where he will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and an in-hand classes).
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.