Are you looking for a little goofball with lots of personality? If so, then Esox is just the guy for you! With his teddy bear features and hilarious “whatcha up to?” expression, this gorgeous gelding is on the market for his next best friend. Esox appreciates attention and will groom and play with your hair if you scratch his favorite spots.
Esox is a well-mannered young guy, standing for the farrier, vet, crossties, and bathing like a pro. He has no vices and is an easy keeper, holding good weight year-round. In turnout, he’s closer to the bottom of the pack. he tries to play the tough guy but will get out of the way when the big boys come to stand at the gate to come in in the morning. He has been turned out with many different geldings and while he has never been the boss in a herd, he doesn’t let himself get picked on either.
Under saddle, Esox proves to be a talented youngster. Though he is still developing physically and learning to focus, he has a lovely animated expression while going and is responsive to the rider’s aids. He has great balance, picks up both leads, and has great flying changes. At the canter, he still tends to get a little heavier in the hand, but his lightness and consistency in the bridle has been a great improvement! Esox is a nice mix of whoa and go, and prefers a soft rider with a light seat and educated hand. He can be a little playful sometimes while working but nothing is meant maliciously – he just thinks he’s hilarious! Esox is very brave and has started little raised ground poles at the trot with no issue at all. He has started working on basic laterals and is always down for a new challenge. He has ridden inside and outside and worked in company with others.
Esox would be a great jumper or dressage prospect. His suitable for at least an advanced intermediate rider working with a trainer.
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.