“Masso” is not a horse you can miss! He is a flashy looking horse (yes, that’s his real tail!) with a confident personality— he knows he’s a big deal! He is turned out with the ‘big boy’ paddock– the geldings that can intimidate the other hoses. Not this guy though! At only 2 years old, Masso has a boldness that surpasses his age. He will march right into a new situation with confidence, and then sometimes his ‘baby brain’ kicks back in and he needs a little guidance and encouragement from his rider/ handler to remind him that he’s a brave boy!
Massolino has good ground-manners for his age, and knows how to behave on the crossties, as well as post-tied. He is kind in his stall, has no stall vices and stands well for the farrier. He has quite sturdy feet too!
Under saddle, he does well in a regular program, and learns quickly. He needs a rider that has a sense of humor, as Masso certainly does! He does best with boundaries, but also needs someone who is quiet and light-handed. Less is more for him! He will need an advanced rider that is used to dealing with young horses, but for the right person, Masso will be an all-star horse! He has fantastic natural gaits and is building solid foundation for his future.
Masso is unraced and has no soundness issues.
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.