Stone Rocks is a war horse who has done a great deal of traveling in his years! He not only ran for 4yrs in the US but then spent the last 2yrs racing in Puerto Rico. He was ultra-consistent and always put in a good effort. The transition to life off the track took some time and he has still not grown much of a winter coat. He has been well blanketed which has allowed him to spend as much time outside as possible. This new life is growing on him and he even gets to be first at the gate in his group as he is the elder with a bunch of 2yr olds. Rocks does not have any stall vices such as cribbing or weaving.
Under saddle, he wants to give you his best effort although he is still trying to figure out what is expected of him. Rocks is responsive and is generally not spooky. He will make a nice dressage mount as he relaxes and develops confidence in his ability. He has nice movement and is learning slowly to accept a deeper seat. He will be a rewarding partner for an intermediate rider who has quiet hands and a soft seat.
Stone Rocks is Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will receive a shipping credit of up to $500, and an invitation to compete in Challenge-specific classes at the 2019 New Vocations Charity Horse Show Series. R&R adopters who choose to participate in the competition will be eligible to compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes; they will also receive a FREE stall at the Charity Horse Show and FREE entry into Challenge classes.
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.