He may not have ruled on the track, but this gorgeous gelding is ready to own his next career! Thy Kingdom Come, appropriately called “King” by us here in Lexington, is a stunning son of Animal Kingdom now available for your consideration. He has a very ideal build to be a sport horse with his short back, uphill build, and great shoulder. He spends his days turned out with a buddy and is very people oriented, enjoying attention and peppermints. King is well-mannered and stands for the farrier, getting his mane done, and bathing. He has an old tendon injury in his left front that he has rehabbed from and that we have given him more time for, but he has not yet been started in training.
We did find that he prefers to be in shoes, he’s just a little sensitive, but we have foot radiographs on him as well!
As a special opportunity for qualified approved adopters, King is available for adoption ahead of the normal schedule. Ideal qualified homes would be experienced with at least basic rehab protocol, have a good working relationship with their equine vet (so that rehabilitation plans and checkups are kept up-to-date), and would be comfortable doing the re-starting under saddle once the horse is ready to start back into training.
Please note that since we have not worked him under saddle yet, we cannot make any certifications as to his personality in the saddle. Qualified and approved adopters will have access to all of his veterinary records that we have though, including recent radiographs and his current/ projected rehab plan.
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.