Nevis Peak is quite the playful Butterball! Everyday when he gets turned out he does a quick little run, buck, fart sequence. He usually spends most of the rest of the day grazing but will never turn down a good game of halter tag. He is the boss although he is in a smaller field so it is only him and one other buddy. He is easy to handle and stands well for the farrier but in the stall he likes to paw the door at feeding time. We give in and feed him first, then all is right in the world! He can occasionally crib but we have not put a cribbing collar on him. Also, since we have given him a rubber feed pan on the ground, we have not seen him crib in a while.
Under saddle he is a straightforward and responsive ride. He is not spooky and gets along well with a variety of riders. He is happy-go-lucky and enjoys working. Nevis was a little nervous at the start of his first trail ride but settled nicely about halfway through. We would love to take him for more trail rides as soon as we have a day without rain!He is a responsive ride for an intermediate rider who prefers to do mostly flat work but he is certainly capable of popping over some small cross rails here and there.
Nevis Peak is Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will receive a shipping credit of up to $500, and an invitation to compete in Challenge-specific classes at the 2019 New Vocations Charity Horse Show Series. R&R adopters who choose to participate in the competition will be eligible to compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes; they will also receive a FREE stall at the Charity Horse Show and FREE entry into Challenge 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, 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.