With a confident and self assured personality, an all-star pedigree including the likes of Holy Bull and Storm Cat, and a lovely, flashy way of going, Overkill is overflowing with potential! This gorgeous son of Mucho Macho Man has all the swagger of a champion and the alluring attitude of a bad boy.
Overkill is a perfect example of how much a horse can mature and change during the retraining process. While Overkill came into our program thinking he was a hot shot, he has slowed his roll and learned to be a better citizen in and out of the barn. Currently, Overkill is turned out with a group of geldings and is the boss of his herd. He now teaches new ‘hot shots’ who come in that they need to get their act together and start behaving. He stands quietly on the crossties, for the vet or for the farrier. As he has spent more time in training, he has learned to accept treats and has begun mellowing out on the ground. Overkill likes to keep up his “cool guy” persona and act aloof, but he secretly enjoys cuddles, forehead scratches, and muzzle kisses (he knows ladies like a sweet guy!)
Under saddle, Overkill has three nice, flashy gaits. His walk is big and ground-covering and his trot is so lofty it’s almost dreamlike. He is regaining muscle that was lost while he was rehabbing, but his canter already displays great balance and rhythm. He is learning the basics of bending, collection and giving to the bit. While he enjoys being challenged and varying routine, he can be strong at times when the rider gets strong with him, so he’ll need someone who rides very correctly and can hold their own body together. He has been started over fences and LOVES to jump. He is slow in the air and after the jump, proving that he would be a lovely hunter prospect! His changes are well balanced and sharp, and he is careful to ground poles and the crossrails he has been started over.
Overkill would be a fantastic prospect for a professional looking for a talented prospect. Overkill is not suitable for lower level riders or for those bringing along their first horse, since he can test his rider, but he is an easy ride for someone who has the right skillset. He is suitable for most disciplines but would be a lovely hunter or dressage horse.
Overkill rehabbed from a tear in his right front superficial digital flexor tendon. He went through a comprehensive 12-week rehab riding plan and has now returned to regular work. As always, qualified adopters will have access to all radiographs, ultrasounds, and vet reports we have on him.
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.