Don’t let her name fool you! There is nothing unfortunate about this well-built 4-year-old filly.
“Polly” trained to race but never made it to the track, and looking at her build, it’s not hard to see why! She is built like a Warmblood with a large shoulder, a solid and well-rounded barrel and a huge derriere, none of it built for speed! Now that her summer hair is starting to darken into its natural color, this dark brown filly has unique grey markings on her adorable face. She has some excellent sport horse lines with Pulpit, AP Indy and Damascus.
Following her short stint as a racehorse-in-training, she had a vacation and has been brought back into work this summer. She is a well-mannered filly and stands quietly in crossties and for the farrier and the vet. Polly is walking, trotting and cantering under saddle and is a relatively quiet ride for such a green horse. She has a nice active trot and is happily trotting poles on the ground. She enjoys a job and likes to go on adventures. She is very rarely in a hurry and tends to be more whoa than go.
We think she’d be well-suited to a trail or foxhunting career. That said, Polly will require an experienced rider as, similar to some Warmbloods, when pressured to do more than she pleases, she has the potential to slam on the brakes and throw in a buck. She can be ridden through it, however, and her attempts to resist work have lessened the more she is properly corrected. Once she realizes who is in charge she makes for a fun partner!
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.