River, although 4 years old, has a great brain! He is your childhood best friend! Loving and playful personality on the ground and is happy to go on trails, work in the arena, jump over small crossrails under saddle! He is going walk, trot, canter and working on using his body. He is still working on strength in the hind and can sometimes switch out behind at the canter but he is getting much better! Has been taken over small crossrails a couple of times and eats it up! Stands in the crossties, baths, stands for farrier, loves to play with the water during bath time! No vices! Easier keeper and currently is going barefoot! River would be best suited for an advanced intermediate rider with a trainer at this time due to his young age and greenness. Although, we believe, that because he has a great brain, he should be able to handle some greener riders himself a while down the road!
Charles River is Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will receive a shipping credit of up to $500, and an invitation to compete in Challenge-specific classes at the 2019 New Vocations Charity Horse Show Series . R&R adopters who choose to participate in the competition will be eligible to compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes; they will also receive a FREE stall at the Charity Horse Show and FREE entry into Challenge classes.
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.