Horse Stats
Name: Overdriven
Barn Name: Overdriven
Age: 2009
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16 1/2 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 3
Highlights: Graded Stakes Winner
Total Earnings: $129,750
Last Race: 11/9/12
Sire: Tale of the Cat
Dam: Air France
Other Notable Pedigree: Storm Cat, Mr. Prospector, Secretariat, Tamerett, Nijinsky II, Hail to Reason
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What a hunk! Overdriven is a beefy dark bay with the perfect pop of chrome. He is a bit different than the horses who usually come to New Vocations, as he already had a second career after racing as a breeding stallion after being a G2 winner on the track. He wasn’t catching on in America but his owner didn’t want to send him overseas and wanted to make sure he had a secure future. He was gelded and sent to us after a bit of downtime. He has taken to his third career really well.

Overdriven puts on a tough guy act and pins his ears when you come to the stall but he will stand there all day (ears still pinned back) while you rub his muscular forehead. He has led a pampered life and has always been allowed to have his opinions which we respect. His grouchy face really is just an act and he will soften when you spend time one on one. He softens to everyone and no one has any trouble handling him (even new inexperienced staff) but he really seems to bond the strongest to one person. You can win him over with cookies and telling him what a handsome stallion he is! He does not have any stall vices. He is currently turned out in one of our larger gelding herds and enjoys being a leader in his group of boys.

Overdriven was originally adopted in March of 2018.  He is a very athletic horse who has been in a professional program for the past year.  He is a lovely mover who shows promise as a hunter, eventer or dressage mount. His program has consisted of small course work and Training Level dressage.  He is consistent to the jumps, understands contact and lengthening/shortening of his stride.  He also has hacked out around the property and down a quiet country road.

Under saddle, Overdriven has lovely floaty movement. He is responsive to your aids but when he gets tired or decides to cheat out of working hard he will lean on your hands. It wont take him long to engage his core and really show off! He has a professional demeanor to ride with a good spritz of diva to remind you he is special. He retired from racing with a sesamoid fracture seven years ago which has long since healed and is suitable for low to mid level jumping pursuits. Overdriven does best when in a consistent program that includes appropriate mental and physical work and challenges. He loves to work! He does have a quick spook that manifests as a spin or scoot and can feel ‘fresh’ at times. Therefore, he would do best with a steadfast, confident, advanced rider – or an amateur working closely with a trainer familiar with OTTBs.  We hope to find him someone that can appreciate the talent and athleticism he has to offer!

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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.

In general, our fees are set at $500, $1,000 or $1,000 with a $1,500 donation.

  • $1,000 with a $1,500 donation: This range is for horses that we consider to be the cream of the crop or “unicorn” horses. They are horses that have few or no limitations and great conformation, movement and size.
  • $1,000: This range is for horses that are suitable for a competitive career up to a certain level (for example, cleared for 2’6” but not necessarily 3’). They may have been fully rehabbed from an injury but have been cleared by our veterinarians for most disciplines.
  • $500: This range is for horses that are limited to a flat, trail or companion-type home. These horses are healthy and have been fully rehabbed and evaluated by a vet.

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.