Trouble With Girls, known around the barn as Kevin is a kind natured gentleman. This guy is a true War Horse retiring sound with 64 starts at 8 different tracks from Florida all the way up to Massachusetts! He’s a well seasoned well traveled guy who is looking for someone to help him learn the ropes of a new career. Knowing his history it’s not surprising that he is a horse that likes to work and is forward. Kevin has three nice gaits with a ground covering trot, and a rhythmic canter. As an added bonus we were told by his donor that he is broke to drive as part of his race conditioning. Kevin is user-friendly for an advanced or intermediate rider with a trainer. He is suitable for most riding disciplines including pleasure, trail, and an occasional jump. ***New riding video of Kevin is posted.
“Oh, darling, it’s true. Beautiful things have dents and scratches too.” As evidenced by his pictures, Kevin wears some “jewelry” in the form of enlarged ankles that befit his warhorse career. However, don’t let a cosmetic defect scare you away — this special gelding even raced with his jewelry, and he hasn’t taken an unsound step during his time with us. Kevin enjoys grooming and being bathed. He stands well for the farrier and is currently wearing front shoes. Kevin is currently turned out with a buddy in a small field, and he gets along well with others. He is not the dominant horse in his field. Kevin has great ground manners and is easy to handle while walking in and out of the barn.
Kevin is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where he will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and an in-hand 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.