Sharm has a charm that only a “war horse” could bring to the plate—an easy confidence that comes from years of experience. He has literally “been there, done that.” After an active career on the track (56 starts!), Sharm is ready to find a partner to tackle a new chapter of life.
Sharm is easy to have around the barn. He’s quiet but friendly—confident, but also humble in his demeanor. He is a natural leader in turnout. The other horses look up to him, but he is very independent and will go off to do his own thing without any concern about where the others are. Because he doesn’t feel threatened by others, he does not get into confrontations, so he is easy to have in a group.
Sharm is also an easy patient for the vet and farrier, and he stands well in crossties or tied in his stall. He has hacked around our property and shows great courage. He is, overall, a great citizen at the barn!
Under saddle, Sharm has a very sporty feel, with an engine, but also the level-headedness and manners to listen when he is asked to check back in with the rider. He is a comfortable ride, with three uphill, distinct gaits and relatively easy transitions. He can walk around relaxed and “on the buckle” and he can “kick it into gear” and assume the role of a sport horse. He can get a little heavy in the rider’s hands sometimes, but he is learning to balance himself more evenly and he is a good student, despite being a little older. He can have a sense of humor, demonstrating some “sass” at times (a head roll or skip in his step behind), but even then he is very professional, and doesn’t take a step out of place!
Sharm would be best matched with an experienced rider, who wants to ride regularly, but not necessarily at a high level of competition as he has some arthritic changes in his ankles (just don’t try to tell him he has any limits … he wouldn’t believe you!). Sharm is not on any form of maintenance or medication and he doesn’t show any sign of slowing down, metaphorically!
Sharm is eligible for the 2020 Retrained & Remarkable competition, as well as the 2020 TB 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, 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.