You’ll be in some trouble if you miss out on this adorable gelding! Trouble At the Spa, “Trouble” for short, is quite possibly the sweetest two year-old around (we’re not biased at all!) and has proven to be a wonderful student while in training. Though he may not be the flashiest in the barn, his sporty build and kind expression are more than enough to capture anyone’s heart.
On the ground, Trouble has proven to have excellent manners. Standing, tying, bathing, and getting shod are all no problem for this sweet baby horse. He has started the basics of ground tying, including standing quietly while being bathed without crossties. Trouble doesn’t realize he’s a horse, he thinks he a big dog and just wants to be loved on. He loves hugs, getting his face squished, and muzzle kisses. He loves to play with his handler’s hair and can frequently be found poking his head out of his stall looking for attention.
Trouble is a cool little dude under saddle, displaying good work ethic and offering no naughty behavior. Due to his age, he has been in an easier program so as to allow him to develop physically and mentally in a correct manner. He has worked in the indoor and outdoor arenas alone and in company. He is working on balancing himself, creating rhythm, and stretching and relaxing through his neck and back. Trouble is not the most confident, but he always tries very hard to answer the questions being asked of him. He needs a soft, patient rider who will adapt their ride to build his confidence while working in a positive, productive way. He is a favorite of our assistant trainer, Amanda (rider in the video and is 5’8ft), who describes him as a “that horse you want to own just because he always tries his hardest and wants to be your best friend.”
Trouble was slow in training at the track and never raced. He retired sound with no known injuries and could go in any direction, but would be a lovely hunter or event prospect. He is suitable for an advanced rider or an advanced intermediate rider working with a trainer.
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, we set a fee that will ultimately help each horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means we 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 in work with a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses each horse’s history and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.
While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that costs associated with ongoing care and additional training for each horse after adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront, he or she will have more funds available to cover the continuing costs of properly caring for a horse.