“Gent” is a true gentleman! It was clear how straight-forward and easy-going Gent was from the get-go, so his first ride at our training facility was actually an impromptu bareback ride with the lead rope tied to the halter! He could not have been more carefree and unfazed. Always ready to please, Gent is attentive and respectful on the ground; he loves to greet people at his stall door for a pat, and he’ll be the first at the gate of turnout if he suspects you might want to spend time with him. Gent truly enjoys the company of people (and other small animals)– he could stand on the crossties or post-tied patiently while he’s doted on. In turnout, Gent is certainly not a ‘top dog’ and can be picked on in turnout, so he would do best with a gentle boss buddy.
Under saddle Gent is brave and always ready to tackle new situations with courage. From bareback rides to giving rides to the resident kittens, Gent will try it all. He is quite balanced and polite, especially given his age, and as he grows and learns, he will only continue to improve. Gent is the type that needs a bit more leg as he develops more mature topline and hind end muscle to assist his ‘go’/drive muscles, but that might just be perfect for an intermediate rider working with a trainer, or an advanced rider who wants a young horse to develop but maybe wants an easier project.
Gent has the build and the quiet demeanor to go many different directions in his future career. He would be best suited for a career with low or no jumping since he retired from an avulsion fracture in his left knee, but he has no soundness issues. He was recently radiographed and ultrasounded clean in that leg.
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.