Horse Stats
Name: Snip's Miracle
Barn Name: Snip/ Clifford
Age: 2008
Gender: Gelding
Height: 17 1/2 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $1,000 plus $1,500 donation
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 0
Highlights: n/a
Total Earnings: $n/a
Last Race: n/a
Sire: Repriced
Dam: Snip the Ribbon
Other Notable Pedigree: Roberto, Known Fact, Nijinsky II, Northern Dancer
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Snip’s Miracle is a gentle giant! Snip, or “Clifford” (he really is like a big, red, dog), never made it to the track and spent most of his early life hanging out on his previous owner’s farm. Snip is a gentleman in all aspects: he stands perfectly in the crossties, and handles easily on the ground, He is SUPER sweet and gentle.

Snip is happiest in moderate weather. He doesn’t like to be turned out when it’s too hot, and he’ll be at the gate, ready to come in after just a short period of time. In the stall he has no vices though– he is quiet and happy, and loves to be in to get lunch!

Under saddle, Snip’s sweet and friendly disposition continues to shine through. He is very brave, tackling new challenges with enthusiasm, even on trail rides.  He willingly goes on the bit and is straightforward to ride. Snips has a long, forward stride which oozes athleticism. He will be better suited to an advanced rider as he can get a bit heavy in the riders hands. He is not trying to run off but an advanced rider can package this big dude together where intermediate riders may struggle a bit. Snips is suitable for all disciplines– he has dressage experience, but we can really see him excelling in the jumper ring!


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.

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.