The Budster is a handsome, 13 year old trotting gelding that has been one of the top amateur driving horses in the country! Standing at 16 hands this gelding has been all over the United States racing in many amateur races throughout the year and has seen it all! The Budster is very well balanced and big bodied and naturally wants to trot under saddle. He easily transitioned to being under saddle and really seems to enjoy it. What makes this nice horse unique is that he will be a fabulous riding and driving horse. He is quiet and easy to work with and loves people. He last raced in September in Delaware, during Jug week and ended with over 200 starts. This kind warhorse is looking for someone who would like to trail ride, drive, do arena work, or foxhunting. The Budster has had a wonderful and successful career as a racehorse, earned over a half a million dollars and is now ready and transitioned for his second career!
The Budster 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 Shows in Ohio. R&R adopters who choose to participate in the competition will be eligible to compete for $2,500 in cash and prizes; they will also receive a FREE stall at the 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.