“Arya” is a stunning, spunky girl, as her barn name suggests (to any Game of Thrones fan)! Beyond her looks, which would catch the eye of any onlooker, Arya’s friendly attitude and obvious athleticism are both very attractive qualities of hers. Arya likes to be turned out with friends, but also does okay in a small paddock alone, if there are other horses visible (she was turned out in a sand paddock alone while a heel crack was healing, and managed fine there). In a group, Arya tend to be a ‘mid-pack’ horse, and generally well-liked by other horses. She enjoys some playtime, but she is not a rough playmate. Arya stands well for the farrier, and doesn’t mind being groomed (she LOVES a good scratch).
Under saddle, Arya is light on her feet with floaty, comfortable gaits. She is naturally well-balanced and can even get flying changes most of the time already! She is also light in the rider’s hand, but she is working on being more comfortable going ‘on’ the bit, rather than ‘above’ it. She improves with each ride, and she just needs more miles in the right hands, and she surely would continue to blossom. She would be best paired with advanced, confident rider, who is experienced with young horses, as she needs someone who knows how to lay boundaries, but who can also work with a horse who likes to be ‘asked’ and not ‘told.’ For the right rider, Arya could be an outstanding mount in any number of different disciplines.
American Amazon is eligible for the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP)’s 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, 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.