If you’re looking for a stellar partner that you can bring along slowly, who will also fill your days with humor and kindness, Nilus is your guy!
Think all OTTBs are high maintenance? Think again! Nilus shatters that mold! Nilus lives out 24/7, is an ‘easy-keeper’ and is happily barefoot! He gets turned out with a rotating group of geldings (both AM and PM turnouts in his field), and he likes to be a steady leader in both groups. While this Pioneerof the Nile baby was a more timid, skinny little gelding when he first came into our program, he has developed into a confident, young, beefcake of a gelding who commands his turnout field like a captain of the seas! He is always friendly though, and happy to come up to the gate for a scratch or some cookies. Nilus is easy to handle on the ground, patient in the crossties, and a good citizen when being seen by the vet/ farrier. He enjoys any attention he can get!
Under saddle, Nilus is a rockstar. He is brave in and out of the rings, and comfortable through his gaits. Nilus has even demonstrated his bravery hacking out alone around our unfenced property—crossing creek beds, and going through uncleared land. He is still developing his under saddle, but he already shows a great sense of balance and rhythm, as well as natural carriage. Nilus could surely develop into a nice hunter, or equally enjoy a low-key pleasure lifestyle—maybe both! He would be suitable for a confident intermediate rider with a trainer, or an advanced intermediate.
We have given Nilus extra time to grow and develop because we think he has a lot to offer, but he was struggling with some growing pains/ awkwardness in the early stages of his time with us. We believe he won’t have any limitations in the future, but he has been growing through a stage of locking stifles, so he needs to be in a home where he will have time to finishing growing and maturing. He can still be ridden, but he should be conditioned slowly, and not expected to jump right into another career immediately (as with most 3 year-olds!). He would do best in a home where he can be turned out most, if not all of the day!
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.