Have you seen that trot?! Lady Gaia is a gorgeous mover with a beautiful face to match! This mare is all leg and she could be a force in the show ring as she matures in balance and carriage. “G” as she’s known in the barn, is quiet and steady – her video was made while a truck dumped tons of gravel on the driveway behind her! She is happiest when hacking out, and is generally unfazed by things that spook even the experienced geldings in the barn. She goes on her own and with company, in the arena and in the open, in a rubber snaffle with a loose rein.
G can be quite lazy under saddle, and much prefers a casual ride over really going to work. She is fully rehabbed from a minor tendon injury and perfectly sound in all gaits. She could handle a dressage career and even low level jumping or eventing with the right partner! She is picky (as mares are) about her handling, though is friendly and easily manageable. G sits toward the bottom of her group of mares and prefers to have one good friend to hang with, or be in a small group that’s nice to each other.
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.