Horse Stats
Name: Powerful Instinct
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Age: 2009
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $400 - now $200 until 9/30
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 57
Highlights: WAR HORSE
Total Earnings: $327,879
Last Race: 9/2/17
Sire: Smooth Jazz
Dam: Basic Instinct
Other Notable Pedigree: Polish Numbers, Danzig, Storm Cat
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Powerful Instinct, is a true war horse with 57 starts and over $300,000 in earnings.  Running for multiple different owners over his 7 years at the track he was retired to New Vocations over a year ago. This regal gelding is now ready for a much slower pace of life and a loving home! 

Powerful Instinct is a sweet almost needy personality who wants to be with his people. He does not have any stall vices and is low in the herd. He does well on turnout barefoot but is better with shoes on his front feet when in work. He is doing well just hacking around for fun and is a steady eddie on the trails already. . He is very attentive to his rider although he is in no hurry to go anywhere anymore! He would love to be a family member to ride for pleasure or trail riding with an advanced beginner or intermediate rider. 

Powerful Instinct is Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will receive a shipping credit of up to $500, and an invitation to compete in Challenge-specific classes at the 2019 New Vocations Charity Horse Show Series. R&R adopters who choose to participate in the competition will be eligible to compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes; they will also receive a FREE stall at the Charity Horse Show and FREE entry into Challenge classes.



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.