Gleason is a gem to have in the barn! This 2015 gelding had a promising career in racing, including being sold as a yearling for $220,000 and being trained by Todd Pletcher. However, after 6 starts (including 1 win and 2 seconds) and almost $50,000 in earnings, a 10% tendon tear ended his racing career. While his racing career was cut short, it doesn’t look like this injury will impact him for a second career if his continued rehab plan is followed. Gleason has started small paddock turn out and loves it. He is eager for attention and loves a good grooming session. This guy exudes class and is a cool confident fellow all the way around. He never batted an eye having been just off stall rest and having his pictures taken. This is a very social horse looking for the right person to bring him along.
Gleason has been recently restarted under saddle and his uphill build and lofty trot scream dressage! He has taken to going back to work in stride and enjoys having a job. Gleason was ridden during one of our home shows and handled the extra people, horses, and pop-ups very well. He is used to the hustle and bustle of the racetrack, so a little extra action does not phase this guy. As he was recently restarted, Gleason has only been walked and trotted under saddle. However, he has two well balanced leads at the canter and we plan to canter him soon. Gleason naturally carries himself uphill and would work well with a partner who likes a forward ride. Gleason is a total eye-catcher and will easily fit into any barn!
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.