Eddie’s First is a lovable and kind horse who retired sound with no vices. Eddie is quiet in the barn, happy to be on his own or accompanied by neighbors, and is adjusting to daily turnout. He will likely be just fine as the only horse on a small farm, as long as he gets love and attention! He enjoys a good grooming session, stands well for vet and farrier work, and is very easy to get along with. Eddie still needs a a bit of time to let down and has not yet begun re-training under saddle. However, we are already making him available for adoption to qualified adopters who are looking for a project to restart their way. Eddie has no known injuries that will limit him in his second career and, if he is not adopted before we start working with him under saddle, his adoption fee will increase with training.
Eddie earned more than $200K including Graded Stakes races and is looking for a quiet home where he can adjust to being underemployed! Eddie was bred and spent most of his racing career in California before relocating to the midwest and is still getting used to the slower lifestyle. He’s no beach bum, this guy knows how to go to work! He is slowly opening up and coming out of his shell, just needs time to learn and a person to guide him through what his second career will be about.
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.