“Pony” as we call him in jest around the barn, has a little bit of a Napoleon complex– he likes to act like he’s a tough little man around the other horse, but actually, he is really sweet to handle and thoroughly enjoys kisses and treats! He is turned out with a group of geldings, and thinks of himself as the king of the herd, though some of the other guys have different ideas, and Pony doesn’t try very hard to fight for his throne. Pony is polite and ‘chill’ around the barn. He is good for standing for farrier or in the crossties, clipping or mane-pulling, among other things.
Pony is a compact athlete, and can get a little excited going into the arena, but he is getting better about controlling his excitement, and that same excitability makes him eager to tackle new challenges with bravery! Pony’s bravery is especially impressive considering he never left Calumet before coming to New Vocations! He know his manners at the mounting block, and will stand while his rider mounts.
Under saddle, he goes around like he’s the star of the show! Pony is definitely the kind of horse that would excel in a routine schedule/ being in program. He is a nice mover and shows great balance, especially for his age. Both canter leads are easy. He even has great flying changes, and sometimes he likes to show them off even when it’s not necessary! His fun personality and talent under saddle make Pony one of our Assistant Trainer’s favorites!
Pony is conformationally attractive too, and has a beautiful level topline (making him comfortable to sit on!). We could see him being a really cute hunter for small juniors with a little more experience and miles under his belt. He would do best with an intermediate rider working closely with a trainer, or with an advanced rider.
Red Limit is eligible for the RRP’s 2019 TB Makeover, or potentially the 2020 TB Makeover (his last workout was 7/17/18).
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.