He thinks you’re pretty, without any makeup on. He thinks you’re funny, when you tell the punchline wrong… now every February New York Dream will be your Valentine! (*inspired by Katy Perry’s song, “Teenage Dream”*)
New York Dream, or “Bronx,” as he’s called around the barn, will surely grab your attention as soon as you see his gorgeous heading poking out of his stall in the barn. He can’t help it! He’s a Scat Daddy baby! When he’s not seeking out attention from anyone passing by, he’s probably standing right in front of his fan, so his luscious forelock is *casually* blowing in the breeze. He is a confident young horse, but he is not too prideful to be lovey and sweet.
In turnout Bronx is a mid-pack member. He doesn’t like to be a follower, so he’ll break off from a ‘cliquey’ group, and just be on his own if he doesn’t fit in. He is goofy, and likes a playmate though! He will happily graze and goof around with a buddy without conflict, he just doesn’t let himself get picked on by bullies (he’d rather just go graze on his own in those situations). Bronx gets turned out with a group of geldings on night turnout, and he is quite trustworthy to keep his shoes on and stay out of trouble overnight.
Our farrier has been working with us on making Bronx more comfortable while getting shod, and he has made a lot of progress, but he would do best in a home that has a gentle, patient farrier, to keep helping Bronx get over his fear that would cause him to back up rapidly when nails were being placed. He is very comfortable in a wash stall setup, and does not try to backup if shod in a 3-walled surrounding. Bronx has great manners in crossties, or tied in the stall, he just likes to fiddle with things, like a lead rope.
Bronx’s natural carriage is luxurious, with extension and suspension that is drool-worthy. It is clear that he knows that he’s hot stuff! Under saddle, Bronx can have a hard time relaxing. He tenses up, and can get ‘congested’ in his energy, so he gets springy in place, and is more reluctant to move off your leg. He will also fuss in his mouth and make his long neck quite lofty, so he really needs a rider with a balanced seat and soft hands to help him develop and strengthen his body and continue to reprogram his mind so that he just stroll around. In the moments when he ‘puts it all together,’ it is clear that he is going to shine so bright in a show ring that you’d best put on your sunglasses!
The ideal adopter for him would be very experienced, confident and quiet, with a sense of humor and tons of patience, to develop him slowly and help him be the best version of himself possible. We are recommending him for a low to mid level career, as he does have an old tendon injury RF (complete vet files available to interested approved adopters), but with time and the proper fitness, there’s no telling how far he could go!
We think you should, in the words of Katy Perry, “take a chance and don’t ever look back (don’t ever look back)” on New York Dream!
*”Bronx” is eligible for the RRP’s 2020 TB Makeover!*
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.