Chisum has a kind eye and friendly demeanor that will quickly steal your heart. He is quiet and gentlemanly on the ground and under saddle, and has an air of confidence about him that gives the impression of a seasoned horse. He hacks out on his own and with company, steps over poles and across water and is well behaved on a loose rein.
This unraced son of Bernardini is quiet in the tack, responsive to rider aids and will be easy to bring along in any discipline with an intermediate rider. His gaits are comfortable and flowing while eating up the ground easily. Chisum is a bit of a push ride and is the same horse each time he comes out. He’s currently barefoot and happy! In his turnout group of geldings he is at the top/middle without being a bully and gets along easily with the group. He has fully rehabbed from injury sustained in race training and should not be limited in his second career.
Chisum was adopted earlier this year and returned to us due to unforeseen circumstances, and has been doing very well since then. Updated photos and video will be posted as they are available.
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.