“Flash” is a gentle giant who is from a family of (metaphorical) giants! Flash’s grand-sire is a name you might recognize: Thunder Gulch, who just passed away on 3/19/18. Thunder Gulch was an iconic Thoroughbred who won four G1 Stakes, including the Florida Derby, the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes and the Travers Stakes in 1995. Additionally, one of Flash’s great grand-sires is Seattle Slew, the Triple Crown winner in 1977 (and the only horse to have won the Triple Crown while undefeated in any previous race). Undoubtedly, Flash has some champion bloodlines!
In training with New Vocations, Flash has shown the same champion work ethic under saddle. He loves his job as a riding horse, and truly enjoys the company of people. He is very in-tune with people and is a gentleman on the ground and is an easy patient for both vet and farrier. Attention is very welcome by Flash and you can bet that if you’re in sight of him, he will have his eyes on you in hopes that you come over to give him a scratch. With other horses, Flash likes to play, but he can be bossy, so he would do best with an easy-mannered horse as a pasture mate, or to be in a turnout situation where he can be alone, but with other horses in sight.
Under saddle, Flash is a couch of a ride! He is a BIG boy, so he takes up a lot of leg, plus he has comfy gaits (imagine a recliner couch with legs). He would enjoy it just the same if you just wanted to take a nap on him rather than ride, especially since he’s a lazier ride himself! On the other hand, if you need a bit of a leg workout, he can be your coach! Since Flash can still have a bit of a ‘baby brain,’ he will need at least a confident intermediate rider, and preferably someone who wants to do a lot of outside exploring with him. Flash will be able to do any discipline with some maintenance, but we could definitely see him doing some hunter paces in his future if that’s something his adopter wants to do!
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.