Shaka Sign has an in your pocket personality. He is a little more alert on the ground but not unmannerly. Shaka is very curious all the time and likes to say hello to everyone. Shaka was adopted out 4 years ago and stayed in this home until a sudden change in life circumstances forced them to return him. He was returned through no fault of his own. He is an easy keeper and likes to be outside most of the time.
Shaka is a forward ride who already has great basics. He can be distracted under saddle by things happening around him but he is just getting back in to a consistent work routine so this is improving daily and supporting leg helps to keep his attention. He likes soft contact from the riders hand and knows how to reach for the bit well. He would be a great dressage or low level jumping prospect for an intermediate or advanced rider.
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, 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.