Hawking got his barn name from having a dad named Einstein and a mom named Guess. He came into our program just after Stephen Hawking passed away and his name was just very obvious! Einstein + Guess can only equal Hawking!!!
Hawking is a special soul and unraced. He will need someone to “hug” and support him everyday. He is a beautiful mover and seems to be more confident under saddle than on the ground. He needs someone with a steady seat, hand, and brain. He is cautious in new situations and takes him a while to settle in and trust. He needs handled everyday; anything from hand grazing to riding! The more confident you are the more confident he will be. Really looks to his person for guidance. He is great under saddle and gets better by the day. As long as his rider remains confident and supports with the leg as if you’re “hugging” him, he will try what you ask. He is currently going w/t/c with small leg yields and he has been taken over trot poles and a small cross rail. He is not show ready as he is nervous in situations he does not know. He should be suitable for most disciplines. Suitable for an experienced/advanced rider at this time or an advanced teen working consistently with a trainer. Not suitable for beginners.
He is playful in turnout and will need a buddy that can handle hard playing!
Hawking does have melanomas on his right throat latch area. They have been tested and came back as melanoma. An incision biopsy is also suggested to help understand the melanoma better. His adoption fee reflects the melanomas, not his ability. No known soundness issues or injuries.
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.