Everyone needs a #squad! Squadron, or “Squad,” as he’s known around the barn, is a veteran of 27 starts with a stellar pedigree and easy way of cruising through life. Finished sailing the seas as a track horse, Squad has docked his ships and is looking for a second career with a worthy first mate!
On the ground, Squadron displays an air of maturity commonly seen in racehorses that are as well traveled as he. His attitude is very been there, done that and nothing really fazes him on the ground. He stands well for the farrier, in the crossties, and for bathing. In turnout, Squad goes out at night with a few other geldings and is happy being the second to the gate in the mornings. He leads well with other horses and has no stall vices. This big goofy guy loves affection and treats from everyone who passes by his stall. He is a messy eater so we feed him in a ground pan so he can spread it around and entertain himself the way that makes him happiest.
Squadron would be best suited to a lower level program at the moment. We are currently just working him lightly on the flat and on the trails. Our biggest priority with him is getting him to a better weight and increasing his fitness gradually. In time as he gets more weight/muscle he may be suitable for more intense work. If you’re looking for a steady trail companion though, look no further. While other horses might give their mounts a bumpy ride, Squadron makes for smooth sailing as he is unfazed by running dogs, nearby cars or being away from the group. He has a glimmer of what his true capabilities might be when you ask him for a little more in ringwork– he has the sporty feel of a motorboat, the presence of a galleon and all the comforts of a pontoon.
You’ll love it when you’re cruisin’ with Squadron.
Squadron is suitable for the RRP’s 2020 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.