Horse Stats
Name: Hard to Believe
Barn Name: Hammy
Age: 2016
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.2 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $800
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 0
Highlights: n/a
Total Earnings: $n/a
Last Race: n/a
Sire: Forty Tales
Dam: Earth to Matilda
Other Notable Pedigree: First Samurai, Giant's Causeway, Storm Cat, Pulpit, A.P. Indy, Seattle Slew, Mr. Prospector, Fappiano, Seattle Slew, Forty Niner, Secretariat
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If you’re not ready to fall head-over-heels and bring a horse home, don’t come see Hard to Believe AKA “Hammy” because he will sweep you off your feet! “Hammy” got his nickname because he is exactly that, a big ham! It’s impossible not to love him because he will actually snuggle up on you and he just melts into your hands. Youngsters at your barn or in the family? You could literally hang all over him and bear hug his face and he just stands there (tested!), happy to receive the attention. His charm is truly irresistible.

Do not let his age fool you– he’s a 15-year old horse in a 3-year old’s body. Not your general youngster– Hammy acts very mature, with no bad behavior on the ground or in the saddle. If you are looking for a horse that is sweet beyond words, kind to other horses (even happy to be the the low man on the totem pole in turnout), and a dream to ride (brave and quiet!), indoors or out, then he is THE horse for you. Did we mention that Hammy is easy for the vet/ farrier/ tying/ bathing/ clipping, and so on and so on. He’s a total catch!

This handsome guy takes up more leg under saddle than you might expect. He is wider-barreled and has a broad back, so he would do best in a medium-wide saddle. Given how kind and easy-going Hammy is, he would be suitable for an intermediate rider with a trainer, since he still needs a little work to be more balanced going to the right, but it won’t be hard to work on since he’s willing and forgiving. He is more of a kick ride, but he is comfortable, so if you’re not in a rush to go anywhere, he could be an ideal mount for any number of disciplines, but we could certainly see him as a trail mount or doing low-level hunters with a small adult or child.

It is Hard to Believe that this horse is so awesome, but he really is! We’re all in love with him, so why not give him a try?!

Hammy is eligible for the RRP’s 2019 TB Makeover, or possibly the 2020 Makeover given the competition’s current rules and the date of his last workout (10/19/18).


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.