This superstar gelding has “quite a bit” of everything: athletic talent, good looks and a great personality! “Frodo” as he is affectionately called around the barn has it all and is ready to make his way out into the world and find a friend to have many adventures with!
He must take after his sire because this gelding has plenty swagger and easy confidence as he goes through his everyday routine. Frodo has an energetic personality with a bit of a show-off streak. He can often be found striking a pose as people walk by or majestically staring out his stall just admiring the sights.
Frodo is well-mannered on the ground for the farrier, in the crossties and for getting his mane pulled, etc. He likes to strut his stuff when being led out to his field but is learning to walk at his handlers shoulder. He loves to be outside and is a playful kid for the first few minutes before transitioning to relaxing with a buddy and munching on grass quietly. Frodo is sweet but not in your pocket. He likes to have his neck and withers scratched and is polite, however, is not one for large displays of affection when he first meets new people.
Under saddle, Frodo has more whoa than go but it still responsive to his rider’s aids. He may be on the smaller side but he takes up a good bit of leg (our Assistant Trainer riding him in the video is 5’8″). He is soft, uphill ride and moves forward into contact with the bit. Frodo naturally wants to soften and flex at the poll, but needs to continue to learn to push from behind and engage his hind end to achieve a truly round frame. He’s currently working on the basics of bending and balancing his transitions. Both of his leads are easy to pick up and he has great flying changes – watch the video to see how easy they are for him. Frodo is a comfortable, flashy guy with a ground covering stride. He is bold and ambitious in his learning, enjoying new challenges and a varying routine in his flat work.
Frodo would excel with an advanced intermediate who would allow him to continue to grow-up and develop while keeping him fit and engaged in his work. He would make an excellent dressage, jumper or event horse and retired from racing with no known injuries. He is eligible for the RRP’s 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover.
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.