Fiveotwo seems to thoroughly enjoy his job and is very animated. He will start off tossing his head acting like a big horse but he is all talk if his rider is confident and pushes him through it. He likes to show off because he is talented and knows it. His canter is a lofty, rocking horse type. He has the steady tempo that will make him versatile in future careers. Five has started jumping small courses over low fences. He is a willing and uphill ride to the jumps and has a great eye for the distance. He could be equally successful as a hunter/jumper, eventer, or dressage mount. He prefers a soft rider who appreciates his flair but reminds him who is boss.
Five has plenty of self confidence with a touch of humor. He is social and enjoys interacting with people and does not have any stall vices. In turnout he likes to be the boss of the group but does not pick on the other geldings he is with.
Five was originally adopted in 2017 and has been in Dressage training ever since. His adopter took excellent care of him -treating him for mild EPM, conditioning his muscles, injecting his SI, misotherapy and ulcer treatments. Unfortunately, he now feels so great that he has become a bit more than his adopter was looking for and now needs a confident, advanced rider to “remind him who is boss”, as his original description put it. We believe in the right, consistent training program, he will excel and succeed.
Five did have a cortical stress fracture of the left front cannon bone way back in early 2015. It was rehabbed successfully and he even returned to racing – and won! – until June 2017. This injury should not limit him in any way.
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.
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.