Hurricane Howard is one tough horse! This warhorse raced 303 times throughout his career, with a whopping 55 wins, 51 seconds and 40 thirds! Howard is a Florida bred pacer and was an icon at Pompano Park for many years with his gorgeous dark color and big white stripe. He’s won many titles over the years in Florida and was adored by his racing connections. Howard was retired earlier this year at age twelve with the racetrack throwing a beautiful retirement ceremony for him. With having raced his entire life, Howard is still needing a little rest and relaxation. He’s transitioned well and loves being turned out with his gelding friend. Howard took to riding like the professional he is and is great under saddle. He was retired due to a front ankle, so at this time we are just riding him at the walk. With more time, he will be able to do more, but at this time and where he is in his rehab, he is enjoying riding at the walk. He will be best suited for someone who can continue to offer him plenty of turn out and wants a horse to bond with. He loves treats and he is all-manners to work with. Perfect to ship, farrier, crossties and to bathe. This special horse is looking for his special someone who will give him the attention and time he needs. In our experience, this type of horse will excel with the right person!
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.