Wild Willy Dean, also known around the barn as “Willy,” is a handsome guy with a solid build. He is a big love bug who enjoys all the attention he can get! He has an in-your-pocket type of personality, mostly just obsessed with the mints in your pocket!
Willy stands well for grooming and bathing. He picks up his feet easily and is currently wearing steel front shoes. He enjoys turn-out and he’s easy going with other geldings. Willy leads in and out of the barn like a gentleman. Plus, he loves to nuzzle with our cats and piggies!
Under saddle, Willy continues to impress us. He has a ground covering trot step and a balanced canter. He continues to work on relaxation and suppleness, and he can get a little strong in the bridle during the downward transition.
He’s had a long vacation since his last race two years ago. During the last race he bowed a tendon and was given eight months to recover. He did return to race training but never made another start. His donors have retired from racing and, as the barn favorite, Willy was donated to our program to find a loving home.
He’s looking for an experienced and confident rider who’d like a trail or low-level pleasure partner.
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.