Sweet dreams are made of this! “Dreamer” is not only dreamy in his looks, but he is also actually, charmingly, a sleepy guy! He loves his siesta time; almost every afternoon he can be found passed out in his stall sleeping away the hours. In turnout, Dreamer is middle-of-the-pack– he happily plays with the other horses for a few minutes and then goes right to grazing with friends. Has great ground manners, and is a gentleman for cross-tying and bathing. Grooming is a favorite activity for Dreamer, as it is a great source of attention him. While he is a dreamer, he can also be a bit of a worrier, so he likes a confident handler who is also quiet and has lots of patience to teach him things in a gentle manner.
Under saddle, Dreamer is developing a great foundation. He is eager-to-please and tries his hardest, even when he isn’t exactly sure what is being asked (‘he tries to always answer the question, even if he doesn’t know the answer, he has a heart of gold,” says our Assistant Trainer in KY, Amanda. Dreamer has a nice wide barrel that takes up a decent amount of the riders leg and ‘fits’ even a taller rider (the rider in the video is 5’8″).
Dreamer would do best with a more advanced rider who can be soft in their “ask” while being able to develop Dreamer’s confidence and balance. He is good about picking up both of his leads, but he is still working on balancing. Every ride he shows great improvement though, especially as his hind-end muscle strengthens. Dreamer is also a comfy, uphill ride, and is not spooky, even in new environments or with new challenges. Dreamer also has been ridden both indoors and out, and alone/ with others. He has been well-behaved in all these scenarios, and approaches each ride with a great work ethic.
We think Dreamer would make a great partner for an advanced rider or an intermediate rider working with a trainer.
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.