My Cousin Lou is striking, flashy, and has the sweetest face which shows his inquisitive and kind nature. He is well put together in body and mind and will make an excellent partner as he enjoys company and being doted on. “Louis” is a push ride and prefers ambling along, though will happily get to work with some encouragement. He is quiet and easy on the ground and under saddle, in the arena and in the field, alone and with company.
Louis has been blind in his right eye since he was a yearling, and he doesn’t let it hold him back in the slightest. He is exceptionally aware of his body and his surroundings, and very trusting of both his horsey and human companions. He gets along well with other geldings in turnout, falling in the middle of the pack, is quiet in the barn and has no vices.
He is fully recovered from a tendon injury and is sound in all gaits and capable of a competitive career, though would also make a wonderful trail partner or fox hunter. He is comfortable to ride with nice rhythmical gaits, just takes a bit of work to keep moving!
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.
My Cousin Lou came to our program through NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD program, as always we are thankful for their continued support!