Travertine just can’t wait to strut his stuff around the hunter ring! He is very sensible and easy to handle both on the ground and under saddle, and would be perfect for a young rider or amateur to bring along. Trav is a laid back and happy horse, ready for whatever life brings, and hasn’t put a foot out of line since his arrival. He has beautiful daisy-cutter strides and as is evident by his track record, in no hurry to go anywhere. He steps over poles and crosses water, works quietly on his own in the arena, and has hacked out with company around the farm.
He is currently sound barefoot and can go in any direction including low level jumping (under 3′), and is eligible for 2019 Retired Racehorse Project. He does have a well-healed racing injury to the right fore fetlock that should not hold him back. He would make a fantastic equitation or dressage mount, a fun trail partner, and will be a pleasure to work with along the way! He is friendly in his small turnout group of geldings and will fit in easily to any herd.
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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.