While “Foxy” might not have been cut out to be a racehorse, she has really hit her stride as a sport horse mount, and she is ready to start a new career with her very own person. Foxy has really taken to the pleasures of ample turnout time here the KY training facility! She enjoys all the time out she can get, and gets turned out at night with a group of mares. Foxy is neither the head hauncho, nor the low-man in her turnout group, but happily in the middle. Foxy can sometimes act anxious, and we are working on proper leading manners, as well as being patient when being worked with on the ground or tied. The longer she is with us, the more mature and self-confident she gets. She has no issues with clippers or getting her mane pulled though, and stands well for the farrier. Overall, despite being sometimes “spicy” and young, Foxy is a sweet mare who really enjoys forehead scratches and getting loved on.
Under saddle, Foxy really shines. She is a more forward ride, with an amazing, springy trot and a lofty, uphill canter. Foxy is also very smart and brave– the kind of horse that you would want to be riding in a challenging jumper class (and she would love the challenge!). She is more of a finesse ride, and would do best with an experienced, confident rider who has light aids. She prefers a rider who wants to be her partner, rather than someone who would try to boss her around. Check out her canter transition to the left lead in the video– that gives you a taste of her upward transitions, which are BEAUTIFUL. Foxy is also quite balanced, and leads are easy to get with her.
With the right rider, who is willing to take the time to develop her into the superstar she wants to be, we could see Foxy excelling as a sport horse, and we could certainly see her as a jumper!
Emotional Hedge is eligible for the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP)’s Thoroughbred Makeover.
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.