Bode is an in your pocket sweetheart. He is friendly to all pasture mates so far and just goes with the flow. He is a growing youngster who seems to be happy every day. Bode does not have any stall vices.
Under saddle, Bode has a pretty floaty hunter style. He stretches down and has a relaxed open stride. He requires a bit of pushing to maintain a nice forward pace but you are not having to pony kick to get him to go. He did not make it to a race due to roaring for which he had tie-back surgery but was still not showing enough speed to run at a decent level so his donor wanted him to find a safe home. He is straightforward and kind which makes him a wonderful partner for an intermediate rider in any discipline!
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