“Your mission, 007, should you choose to accept it, is to find an adopter and dominate your second career.”
If you’re a fan of spy movies and action, then you’ll be a fan of Silent Mission. Nicknamed “J.B” after James Bond, this solidly built son of Scat Daddy proved to be uncompetitive on the track, but has the looks and feel of a great sport horse prospect. In fact, if you look at old pictures of the great Man O War and compare him to J.B. the resemblence will blow you away! J.B. was recently gastroscoped as part of a study, and we were able to confirm that he does not have ulcers.
J.B. is a well-handled guy, because he is older, he displays a nice level of maturity during daily activities such as feeding, coming in and out of turnout, and standing in the crossties. He goes out in at night with three other geldings and likes to be the top dog. He can be playful in turnout but doesn’t act aggressive or destructive, he just wants to run around with his friends. J.B. does not like to have his girth tightened too quickly, he does best if it’s started loose and tightened as you get to the arena. Despite his Bond-like cool guy persona, J.B. appreciates attention and will fall asleep if you play with his forelock or scratch his head.
J.B. rides like a big couch, he takes up a good amount of the rider’s leg and has an uphill feel. While he is forward thinking and can be strong, he is very workmanlike. He can be strong in the hand so he is best suited to a rider who can hold their upper body together and strong and not rely on their hands to just pull on his face. He’s not the smartest horse in the barn but he takes his bravery from his rider so with a confident hand we feel he’ll thrive! Despite this, he is a big, chunky, hunky ride, so someone is bound to love him. He has been started over crossrails and has proven to get more confident with consistency.
He will need an advanced, confident rider who is willing to take the time to give him consistent work and miles under saddle so that he can develop more confidence under saddle. He is not an ideal mount for a young or inexperienced rider, at least in the near term. We think he is athletic enough to be successful in whatever direction his adopter wants to go with him..
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 the unicorn horses. They are horses that have few or no limitations, have 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 3’). They may have been fully rehabbed from a race injury but have been cleared 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.