Salmanazar, aka Cheese/Cheese Whiz, is a very kind, sensitive soul by Shackleford. He is a gorgeous dark bay with that striking blaze that makes you stop by his stall and say “well hello, and who are you?” He is a wonderful addition to our farm and our program!
Cheese exudes willingness and seeks direction. He will need a very kind hand that does not push him; he’ll need a person who’ll be a true partner! He truly will do anything for you but wants love first and foremost!
He has been ridden by one of our advanced intermediate kids and doted her around. He was very proud, almost as if he was saying, “Is this my person?” Cheese loves a light hand and light seat but supportive leg as he is still learning balance.
He will be suited for most low level disciplines, with an advanced intermediate working with a trainer. He will be started over poles and small jumps soon! Stands in crossties, for farrier and is middle of the herd in the pasture!
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.