Terrible Day is a very nicely put together and sturdy guy who could be a Breyer horse model! His light bay coloring and “highlighted” hair certainly help him stand out from the crowd. “Alex” is at his best when hacking around on a loose rein and will be a wonderful trail riding partner! He can be particular about his people and considers it a privilege to be friends with him, he does best with patient, no-nonsense handling, and has taken to being “killed with kindness” as they say. He earned his barn name from the children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It could be argued that he carries a similar attitude about life as the character does!
He has wonderfully smooth gaits, especially the canter, and enjoys moseying and seeing the sights of the world. We have been working to improve his head tilting habit, all veterinary concerns have been flushed out, he’s just learning to be more receptive to rein contact. Alex is limited to flat riding only due to tendon injury in both front legs which has healed and set. He is perfectly sound in all gaits and his personality is suited well to an easier workload. He’s cute as a button in western tack, and comfortable to ride bareback!
Alex is an easy keeper and gets along with other geldings in turnout, he’s at the top of the heap without being a bully. He’s happy barefoot, requires no maintenance, and has no vices.
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.