Horse Stats
Name: Rune
Barn Name:
Age: 2014
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.2 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $500 - NOW $300 until 9/30
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: Unraced
Highlights: n/a
Total Earnings: $n/a
Last Race: n/a
Sire: Astrology
Dam: Hangingbyamoment
Other Notable Pedigree: AP Indy, Thunder Gulch, Seattle Slew, Mr Prosepector
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Rune is 1000% personality! He is a big ‘ol beefcake with the personality of a 1yr old labrador. He is a sweetheart who wants to be in your face and in your pocket, he is easily spoiled with treats. You know the kids whose mothers call them a bull in a china shop? That is Rune, he is just a giant goober who will make you laugh almost daily! He is hands down the favorite horse of our farm staff because even when you want to scold him but he is so cute that you cant help but giggle at him. Rune is focused on growing his belly with grass in turnout. He does not have any stall vices such as cribbing or weaving. 

Under saddle, he has found his lazy button. He tries very hard to please and appreciates a quiet rider. We have ridden him both western and english. As soon as he understands to keep cantering when the rider has a full seat on him, he will be soo comfy! He can be a little immature with new objects or obstacles but he listens so well his confidence will build with experience. Rune was retired with chips in his ankles which were removed and we have fully rehabbed him. He does not necessarily have limitations for performance otherwise. He is built downhill and feels like he will not be scopey enough for jumping beyond the 2’6″ range so I would not call him an upper level prospect. He would be a fun all around horse for an intermediate rider who works with a trainer to develop him!   

Rune 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 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.