Shezerfirst or “Flora” as she is called around the barn, is an overall delight, both in and out of the saddle! Flora nearly always has her head poked out of her stall, ready to entertain a passerby. She’ll stretch her neck across the isle to try to get your attention, and sometimes even stick her tongue out at you! She is quiet in the barn, with no stall vices, but she will gently whinny to a friend walking in the barn to say “hello!” Flora is easy to handle on the ground for the most part but she can sometimes be excitable, so an experienced handler is advisable. In turnout, Flora is not dominant and likes an easy-going buddy who will play a little but then just hangout.
Under saddle, Flora is an all-star in the making! She is light in her movement and shows lovely potential through her gaits. She has been started over ground poles and small jumps, and she she shows exceptional carefulness (a particularly desired quality for jumpers). Flora would do best with a more advanced rider who has the experience to bring Flora to her full potential as she grows. She retired from racing sound with no injuries, and has no restrictions for disciplines!
Flora is also eligible for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover hosted by the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP).
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.