The Agitator is a striking dark bay gelding with loads of dapples! This four year old pacing gelding never raced but spent a year and a half in training. Sadly due to the state of racing in Michigan, there was no where for him to race him and his owner brought him back to his farm and turned him out. Pudding goes out with other geldings and is happy being outside as well as being in his stall. He has loved being in a routine at our farm and learning what it means to be a riding horse. Pudding prefers to trot but also will throw in some pacing strides. He retired sound and has no restrictions. This pretty gelding could easily be a trail horse, show horse, foxhunter, go over jumps and drives. Pudding has been easy to transition and is confident under saddle. He could be a gorgeous show horse at any Standardbred horse show. We can’t wait to see what his pretty boy ends up doing in his second career!
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.