“Netti” is the Goldilocks blend of experience and prospect—with 15 starts under her belt, she’s had the experience of travel, time under saddle, and lots of handling in her life as a racehorse, but she also retired with no injuries and shows a lot of prospect for a new career!
Netti is polite for handling on the ground and stands patiently for the vet or farrier. She even enjoys getting baths! She also loves her turnout time and is usually a pack-leader type who enjoys romping around the field with her buddies. Currently she is on night turnout with a group of mares, but she has also been in a two-horse turnout and does well with both setups. She has no stall vices.
Under saddle, Netti is developing into a lovely mount. She is learning to accept bit pressure and aids, and she already shows a natural sense of balance. She has solid, fluid gaits and quite a comfortable canter! Netti has been ridden in the indoor ring and outdoor ring, as well as on trails and in open, unfenced fields. Netti is very brave, and didn’t bat an eye when walking out on trails on her own, even crossing a creek!
On August 24th, Netti was part of the group that went to our New Vocations hunter pace at Scheffelridge Farm and hacked out in the group like a pro! She jumped around in the hunt field and along the trail. She was a total pro!
We could see Netti being successful in a number of different disciplines, but she would do best with an advanced rider with a soft hand who can continue to bring her along to the outstanding mount we know that she can be!
Netti is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such she will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, where she will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and Western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and in-hand classes).
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.