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 will need an experienced handler. While he stands in the crossties, for the farrier, and is good to lead, he still acts “studdish” on occasion and can be unpredictable at times in his behavior. Currently, he is out with a group of tougher geldings and is the boss of his herd. He must be kept away from mares while turned out or he will run the fence lines and call out to them. We have him in an isolation stall in our training barn as he is prone to squealing at the other geldings he is stabled next to. Overkill is not a cuddly horse, he thinks he is much too cool for affection, but his classy face and striking eye make him quite a looker. As he has spent more time in training, he has learned to accept treats and has begun mellowing out on the ground.
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, you cannot tell him to do anything—he needs a firm rider but one who is willing to convince him that working together is in his best interest. 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 is a technically challenging ride and will require an advanced rider who is experienced bringing along difficult horses or a professional looking for a talented prospect. Overkill is not suitable for lower level riders or for those bringing along their first horse. He has displayed naughty behavior on the ground and under saddle. 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.