Virgil is a classy,16.1 hand, well bred 8 year old pacing standardbred gelding. Virgil prefers to trot and has a lot of natural suspension when he goes. He’s best suited for an advanced intermediate rider looking to ride, or drive, several days a week. This sweet gelding has a very regal and Standardbred look about him. He would be suited for almost anything and would lovely pulling a sleigh this winter in the snow! He’s very sound, but does best with front shoes on at this time. Virgil gets along in turnout with other geldings, has good barn manners and no bad habits. Like most Standardbreds, Virgil enjoys having a job and looks forward to riding. He would be nice for trail riding, foxhunting, showing and hacking around a farm. He is easy to have around and has a sweet demeanor. Virgil was a favorite at the track and his racing connections adored him. He loves being the center of attention!
This kind, big gelding is very deserving of a great home and will be a great addition to someone wanting a horse to ride, love and enjoy! With his big, sweet eye and great demeanor, it is hard not to walk by and fall in love with him!
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.