Oktoberfest is here, so it’s time to break out the drinks and the sausages! And boy do we have the perfect sausage available for your consideration as an exclusive Oktoberfest treat. Mount Conner, known affectionately as “Miles” around the barn, may have the body of a bratwurst, but the natural talent beneath his casing packs a flavorful punch.
Miles is solidly built gelding with a lovely level topline and soft expression. But don’t let his size fool you! Much like Ferdinand the Bull, Miles prefers to sit back and smell the flowers rather than be playful in turnout. He happily accepts his position towards the bottom of the hierarchy but doesn’t let anyone push him around. He is very polite on the ground for such a young horse, leading in and out from turnout well, and standing for the farrier like a pro. He is learning to relax in the crossties, but the worst he does is move about a bit and try to walk forward – nothing naughty. Miles is an affectionate, people oriented guy who never says no to a kiss or a cookie.
Under saddle, Miles displays a great deal of potential. He is very smart and picks up on new concepts quickly. He tracks straight, has solid understanding of beginning to bend, and is already learning the basics of flexing and giving to the bit! Remarkably balanced, Miles will pick up either lead, has both flying changes, and displays a great rhythm for a horse his age. His is very responsive to his rider’s aids, liking a softer rider who can be light in the tack but still be “present” to give him direction. Like any green horse, he does have moments of doubt but will look to his rider’s confidence to see how he needs to answer the question. He has hacked in the ring alone and in company. Miles began walking and trotting over ground poles during his third ride and is learning where to put his feet. He has a very correct way of going with level, flat gaits.
Miles proved not to be competitive and never raced. He retired with no known injuries and is suitable for all disciplines, but we think he is an excellent foxhunting/show hunter prospect. Miles is suitable for an advanced intermediate rider working with a trainer. His ideal home will allow him to continue training while accounting for his physical and mental development.
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.