Are you ready to make some noise for Let’s Get Loud’s debut on the New Vocation’s stage? This cool little guy is about as personality-filled as they come.
Lopez loves to be the center of attention and he knows how to draw everyone’s gaze, whether he’s striking a pose or stretching his head out of his stall to catch the notice of someone nearby. This ham is definitely the class clown in the barn! And, while he may be a goofball, he’s very easy to handle. He has been very mannerly during his time here and has been bathed, tied, asked to stand for the farrier, and had his mane done all without protest. He greatly enjoys wither scratches and sun-bathing in turnout. Lopez has gone out with many types of horses but prefers to be with friends who are carefree and playful like himself. He doesn’t really pay attention to hierarchy and is more than happy to just have fun outside with his friends.
Under saddle, Lopez has more whoa than go. While he is on the smaller side, he takes up a good amount of the rider’s leg and has an athletic build. His shorter back and uphill build make him a flashy sport-horse prospect for jumpers and dressage, but this little dude could go in any direction.
Lopez is soft in the mouth, goes happily in a rubber snaffle, and has proven to be a brave, capable mount. During his first ride, he was so unfazed that we started trotting him over ground poles and he didn’t even blink! Lopez is still working on balance at the canter but his fluid stride makes him easy to ride even as he continues to figure out self-carriage. His transitions are very nice for a green horse and he is forgiving of rider mistakes. Lopez has shown himself to be a smart guy who loves to be challenged, and has offered no naughty behavior while working.
Lopez is suitable for at least an intermediate rider working with a trainer.
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.