Don’t let Little Nanny, or “Nan” as we call her, name or petite build fool you. Nan had 24 starts and approximately $95,000 in earnings during her time on the track. Although her last race was just December 6, 2019, Nan quickly settled into our facility and went back to work.
Nan has been straightforward to restart and is very willing under saddle. She is polite on the ground and stands patiently for the vet and farrier. She enjoys being fussed over and is a cuddle-bug while being brushed. Nan has been turned out alone and with a group of mares and enjoys turnout in both setups.
Under saddle, Nan has shown her athleticism that helped her excel on the track! She has a great mind and is ready for her second career. Nan has three naturally well-balanced gaits and is learning to accept bit pressure and aids. Nan has a soft mouth, but is also very forgiving. The first time we rode Nan, there was a decorated Christmas tree in the indoor and she did not bat an eye. She is not spooky and has readily embraced everything we ask her to do.
We could see Nan being successful in a number of different disciplines. With Nan’s personality, we could see her being brought along by an intermediate rider who continue to bring her to her full potential!
Little Nanny is eligible for the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover. She came to New Vocations via NYTHA’s Take The Lead Program. We are very grateful for their support!
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.