He’s not walking or running he’s STRUTTING into his online debut. Bro Stroll aka “Bro” is an exciting prospect here in Lexington. A veteran on the track with 31 starts, Bro displays an excellent mix of mileage and age, and now he’s ready for his next career.
Bro is about as chill on the ground as his name would expect you to believe. He has no stall vices and is relatively mellow to handle. Hanging out in the crossties, going to and from the field, and standing for the farrier are all pieces of cake for him. He goes out in one of larger gelding herds and tends to be lower on the totem pole – and he’s totally fine with that! Don’t think that because he’ll turn his nose up to a cookie that he’s standoffish. Despite being a cool guy, Bro enjoys affection and will fall asleep if you scratch his forehead or under his jaw.
Under saddle, Bro is working through a controlled exercise plan as outlined by our vet. He is currently only tack walking and trotting but has proven to be a very capable mount. He has a great brain and figures out the questions being asked of him quickly. Since he has had so much walk work done with him, he tracks very straight, has begun developing a relaxed, correct bend, and is already dropping his poll and reaching for soft contact with the bit. Despite being a smaller guy, he has a bigger stride and reaches well from behind while working. Bro has more go than whoa and likes a quiet rider with a lighter style. He has worked in the indoor and outdoor alone and in company and has walked around the farm property on mini trail rides. He has displayed no naughty behavior but does have a spook that presents itself as small startle (however it’s not enough to unseat a balanced rider). While he has picked up on a lot and proves to be quite intelligent, he still needs patience in his development and mental breaks so he doesn’t get sour of what’s being asked of him.
Bro Stroll came to us with a suspensory injury and is currently in the end stages of his rehab here. As a special opportunity to qualified adopters, Bro is available for adoption ahead of schedule. Ideal adopters will have experience with rehab and a good working relationship with a vet. All interested adopters will have access to any veterinary records we have including ultrasounds and radiographs as well as our rehab riding schedule. He is suitable for most disciplines but would make a nice jumper or dressage horse for at least an advanced intermediate rider working with a trainer. Additional under saddle videos will be added as they become available. Adoption fee will increase with training.
Bro Stroll is eligible 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.