Minnie retired sound and is eligible for the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover. She has no known injuries and can excel in many disciplines with her willing attitude. She is quiet and easy to handle on the ground and under saddle, though will do best with a patient, quiet rider as she continues learning that there is less pressure in her new career. She hacks around the property calmly with company, works quietly in the arena, trots poles in stride, and has been introduced to small fences (the video is of her first jumps). Minnie tries at everything asked of her and is learning the basics of bending, taking contact, and balancing to carry herself properly.
She is a stocky build and feels much bigger than she looks (just under 16hh) and takes up a rider’s leg nicely. She is quiet in the stall, has no vices and gets along well with other mares in turnout. She will enjoy having her own person to bond with and will be fun to bring along!
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.