Surely Temple is just the face you want to see when you arrive at the barn. She is so personable and cute, always interested in the people are horses around her. She is quiet and easy to manage in the barn, and is an easy keeper. We are always glad to work with her, she is such a happy girl and a real sweetheart. Surely had a nice long let down with her donors after retiring from racing and has come to us fully sound and ready to begin a second career.
She is level-headed and smart, well suited to an intermediate level rider, and is capable of a competitive career or a leisurely lifestyle. Surely already seems to be a ringside pro, she’ll stand still and stoic (falling asleep) just waiting patiently for her rider or handler to give her a cue. She’s still learning about standing in cross-ties, though does just fine for grooming and tacking up in her stall. She is turned out with 2 mares and fits in at the bottom, staying out of trouble and just wanting to be happy friends!
Under saddle, Surely is quiet and sensible, she wants to please and is quick to learn since she is very attentive to her rider. She has a nice, deep barrel and feels very solid underneath you. Her gaits are comfortable and rhythmical, she’s soft in the bridle and responsive to aids without being too sensitive or dramatic. She is push ride as she comes back into work and gains strength and balance, and has been willing and happy working in the arena and hacking around the farm. She has set osselets in her left fore fetlock which do not limit her in flatwork, and should be monitored if she is to begin jumping.
Surely is eligible for 2020 RRP Thoroughbred 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, 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.