Bukowski, or “Boo” around the barn, is a big ol’ goofball. Boo is also just BIG! He is tall, standing at 16.3hh, but also stout– very much a ‘warmblood build.’ If you’re looking for a ‘jock’ personality, he’s your guy! He loves his time outside with his buddies, and he likes a friend who is willing to goof around with him, but mostly just eat! He is currently turned out with a group of geldings, and he is having a blast just ‘bro-ing out.’ Boo loves attention,and has a particular fondness for being curried on the right side of his neck. On the ground, Boo is a gentleman with no naughty behavior.
Under saddle, Boo is particularly fond of outside rides. He is more of a kick ride in our outdoor, but can sometimes get distracted by things in our indoor. He doesn’t offer any really bad behavior, but he might need a second to sniff around a new situation. Ground poles for example, were side-eyed by Boo until he could check them out face-to-face with a little gentle encouragement from the saddle. After that, he marched right over them, and little crossrails, with very little effort. Boo is a very comfortable ride, with three lovely, balanced gaits and a long stride. He takes up the leg of even a tall rider, but not so much that you feel strained, more like riding a sofa.
Boo is not the type of horse that gets restless– he is happy to stand in the center, quietly, while another horse works around. He can be ridden with a gentle hand and a loose rein without taking advantage of the situation. He gets both leads without issue and he has a very nice ‘huntery’ topline, so he is one that definitely stands out as being a good show prospect or foxhunter with a confident rider. Boo would be suitable for an intermediate with a trainer, or an advanced rider wanting to do up to mid-level work.
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.