Lotto is really cool dude that oozes athleticism and class. He loves to play outside with his friends and really enjoys busting out his moves to show off for everyone outside. His ground manners are very good, he stands in the crossties, for the farrier, and is good in-hand. Lotto doesn’t mind baths, but he only likes to be sprayed with warm temperature water (still a Florida boy at heart)! Lotto doesn’t mind being loved on and really enjoys attention once you scratch some of his favorite spots like his forehead and his chest. He can still be a bit picky when it comes to mane pulling and clipping but if you’re patient with him he relaxes and just allows everything to happen. Lotto is built uphill and solidly with a great eye. He’s drop dead gorgeous with all his flashiness and classy looks.
Lotto is a stellar athlete with tons of potential. He is brave under saddle when exposed to new challenges and his surroundings, though if he isn’t sure about something, just give him a second to check it out and he moves right on and continues working productively. Lotto has three lofty, ground covering gaits, and both his leads are easy to pick up. He is very soft in the mouth so he enjoys a double jointed, rubber bit, but rides best when he is ridden with soft yet consistent contact from the riders aids. He has a solid grasp of bend and basic laterals and has great flying changes. His transitions have developed very nicely (just watch his canter transitions in his video!) and he has a basic understanding of collection. Lotto has been started over poles and small jumps– he was even jumping small oxers with in the Nick Larkin demo at the Open Barn & BBQ! Lotto thrives on being challenged and actually softens and becomes more attentive the more you put in his path. We could see him excelling in the show environment, especially as a jumper. He would be best matched with an advanced rider or a professional looking for a really cool young horse to develop.
Lotto did have two failed tie-back surgeries but while in work here has never had any issues with his breathing and has no real audible noise while working.
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.