If you’re looking for your next show hunter, foxhunter, or equitation horse then this handsome guy is just what the doctor ordered! Five Man Wolf, or “Wolf” as he’s known around the barn is a stunning big gelding with the talent to match. Wolf has great ground manners for a horse that is just a few months off the track. He stands well for the farrier, in the crossties, for baths, and let’s you pull his mane while he stands free in his stall. He goes out at night in our big gelding group and loves his turnout time and hanging out with his crew, but also doesn’t mind smaller turnout numbers. Wolf may still be a playful youngster but he has an adorable in your pocket personality and is a big old puppy dog when you hug or kiss him – he loves to be loved on!
Under saddle Wolf oozes confidence and really enjoys his job. He is very brave and has tackled every new situation eagerly, he clearly enjoys challenges. He is more of a leg ride but has enough “go” so that you aren’t pushing him the entire ride. He has a lovely, classic huntery topline and has started to learn to carry himself and lighten in the bridle. Wolf has three nice gaits, both leads are easy to pick up, and he is very balanced for such a big, young horse. His trot is big and lofty and his sitting trot and canter are so comfortable! He’s a horse you never want to get off of because you feel like you could ride him forever. His upward transitions are very nice and he’s learning to balance himself in the downward transitions. Wolf has also begun working on bending, started simple laterals, and ground poles. Wolf would be best suited for at least an intermediate level rider.
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.