This guy is a shining example of a young, unraced TB with potential that just wasn’t cut out for his first life path. Faith is very sweet and friendly with an inquisitive personality, and is straightforward to work with. He will do best with a confident intermediate or experienced rider due to his age, but will be easy to bring along, as he is happy to work and enjoys learning.
Under saddle, Faith has comfortable, rhythmical gaits and a soft mouth. He can be unsure of new surroundings and does have a spook that his rider can feel coming on, and can thwart in time; it manifests as a spin or backing up. He has not bucked or misbehaved in response to any questions, he would prefer to make for the exit. Gaining confidence in himself and bonding with his rider/handler will help greatly to overcoming his spooky tendencies. He could learn to be forward as he outgrows his baby mentality and gains confidence, he is absolutely a kick ride at this point and takes encouragement to get and keep going. Right now his favorite gait is halt, and he’ll happily quit whenever asked. He does respond to a crop appropriately, and is a more enjoyable ride if you’re carrying one. He’s respectful and quiet when handling, stands in cross ties, and is well behaved for grooming and tacking up.
Faith is turned out in a small group of geldings, he’s a quiet leader and gets along well with the others. He wears front shoes and is well behaved for the farrier. He has been rehabbed from a small chip which was removed from his sesamoid and should not be limited in a low-level career. He is sound in all gaits and is capable of jumping. Faith is eligible for the 2020 RRP 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.