Colormepegasus, AKA “Pegasus” or “The Colonel,” is certainly a thing of beauty and while this pegasus did not spring from the blood of the slain Medusa, we think his magic is nothing short of that from the immortal winged horse.
Pegasus is hard to miss in the barn, in the ring or in the field. His mighty stature– tall and big-boned– along with his unique blend of chestnut, are sure to catch your eye, and he’s happy to be noticed! Pegasus loves to receive attention from people, other horses, dogs, cats, you name it! In turnout, he’s an easy pasture-mate– he is not competitive, nor is he a pushover. He has even shown to have had a pacifying effect to higher-strung horses with whom he has been turned out! Pegasus has also been an easier-keeper and overall a low-maintenance horse. He has good manners on the ground, but he can still be in-your-pocket, and occasionally needs reminders about personal space.
Under saddle, Pegasus is a comfy, uphill mover, who has good balance and a basic understanding of natural carriage. He is out of shape at the moment, as he is still getting back into good fitness after surgery in August to remove a chip from his left hind ankle. Any interested adopter should be prepared to give him ample time to get back into a normal fitness routine slowly, but he is not expected to have limitations following his recovery. Pegasus’ attitude is generally very laid-back and brave, but he can have goofy moments if he is not in a routine (as with most of them!), so he would be best suited for an experienced horseperson — at least an advanced intermediate. We could see him in any number of different rings, enjoying life on the trails, or in a hunt field!
If you’re ready to make some serious magic in the saddle, then this is the Pegasus to chase!
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 “unicorn” horses. They are horses that have few or no limitations and 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 necessarily 3’). They may have been fully rehabbed from an injury but have been cleared by our veterinarians 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.