If Return In Glory were a person, he would be that slick cowboy with a honey-dripping smile you’d bring home to your parents. Rhett, as he is known around the barn, is a get-to-business son of Unbridled’s Song who isn’t afraid to get a little muddy (he frequently comes in covered head to toe) and has only one thing on his mind once he’s put to work, getting the job done. He is the perfect age at 6 years old, has the perfect mount of experience, and is the perfect sporty build to excel in whatever direction his future adopter decides to point him in.
On the ground, Rhett is learning how to be quieter in hand and developing more patience in his daily routine. He stands well for the farrier, in the crossties, and for getting his mane done. He can still be a little pushy when leading or at the gate for turnout but he has come down a lot since coming into training. He is a little more aloof when meeting people for the first time, but as he begins to recognize the people handling him on a daily basis he opens up and enjoys scratches and cookies. He benefits from consistent handling to continue to develop positive behaviors as he finishes maturing mentally. Rhett is turned out in one of our larger gelding herds and does well in bigger groups. He will stick up for himself in turnout but tends to be submissive if a more dominant gelding is put out with him.
If you’re interested in crankin’ up a little Hank Williams and riding on down that dirt road with Return In Glory, his ideal partner would be an advanced, confident and quiet rider who is skilled in working with young and green horses. Rhett 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.
In general, our fees are set at $500, $1,000 or $1,000 with a $1,500 donation.
- $1,000 with a $1,500 donation: This range is for horses that we consider to be the cream of the crop or “unicorn” horses. They are horses that have few or no limitations and great conformation, movement and size.
- $1,000: This range is for horses that are suitable for a competitive career up to a certain level (for example, cleared for 2’6” but not necessarily 3’). They may have been fully rehabbed from an injury but have been cleared by our veterinarians for most disciplines.
- $500: This range is for horses that are limited to a flat, trail or companion-type home. These horses are healthy and have been fully rehabbed and evaluated by a vet.
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.